God’s Own Image

God so loved the world. John 3:16 The evolution of the way sexual orientation is understood and viewed is surely one the most significant transformations in my life time. People my age cringe when recalling what used to be said and what we used to assume and believe about sexual orientation. It is almost difficult […]

The Sound of Sheer Silence

The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.                    1 Kings 19: 11-12   Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.”               […]

Thoughts and a Prayer for Fathers’ Day

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine Within your house; Your children will be like olive shoots around your table…… May you see your children’s children. Psalm 128 I’m thinking about my father. He died too soon, when he was 59, of emphysema, from smoking several packs of Camels a day all his life […]

Thoughts and a Prayer for a June Weekend

Praise The Lord! Praise The Lord, O my soul! I will praise The Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Psalm 146 I’m reading a remarkable book, My Bright Abyss, Meditation of a Modern Believer, by Christian Wiman. Wiman is a poet, the Editor of […]

A Sense of Common Ministry

Father Andrew Greeley’s death last week set me to thinking about the changing relationships between Catholics and Protestants and the unique relationship between Catholic and Protestant clergy. Greeley suffered a tragic accident and brain injury five years ago and has been in ill health ever since. He died in his home on May 29th. He […]

How Good Home Is

As I was preparing to preach on the 75th anniversary of the dedication and opening of the congregation’s new building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago in May 1914, I thought it would be interesting to introduce the sermon by recounting what else was going on on Chicago at that time. I made an amazing discovery, […]

Hierophany in the Upper Deck

In his recent book, Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game, John Sexton, President of NYU, discusses the importance of hierophany in both religion and baseball. Sexton sites the work of Mircea Eliade, a University of Chicago professor, scholar and authority on Ancient and World Religion. Hierophany, Eliade explains, is common to […]