The Virtue of Hope

We have to offer our apologies for failing to post this lovely reflection on hope, baseball, and the social politics of our beautiful city of Chicago. John penned these words several months ago now, in the midst of the dog days of summer. We hope it will remind you of those warmer times and the fact that […]

A Baseball Roadtrip

I do not have a bucket list but if I had one what I did last weekend would be near the top.For years my three sons and I have talked about a baseball road trip. Each of them played baseball, Little League and High School. I helped coach each in Little League. One of them […]

Faith, Hope, & Baseball

I just read that the Cubs’ starting rotation is the weakest in the Major Leagues. Everyone knows that you must have good pitching to win baseball games and so it looks like another long and dismal season for Cubs partisans. Last year was an example of futility for Chicago baseball. The Cubs and White Sox […]

Remembering Ralph

Ralph Kiner died yesterday. He was 91 but in my mind he is, and always will be, a strapping, young, home run slugging left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Kiner who introduced me to the beauty and mystery of baseball, a love I have maintained and enjoyed all my life. I was eight […]

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, […]