Category Archives: Culture

Blind Spots

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The Chicago Tribune has featured recent articles on cultural blind spots. “That is, everyone is missing a cultural puzzle piece – a movie, a TV show, a museum, a play, a record, etc..” I’m not too worried about missing a … Continue reading

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Advent Anticipation

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When I was a kid, Advent was always marked by an Advent Calendar. My siblings and I took turns opening the tiny door each day, and we appreciated the surprise inside. The real treat, however, was that Christmas was one … Continue reading

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Follow the American Dream or Jesus

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When I was younger, my goals were not well formed. I followed my perception of the crowd, and I didn’t necessarily know who or what the crowd was following. I realize now that the overarching, and often unspoken, intention of … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why I am Thankful for the USA

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Nasty politics, partisan bickering, and the profits they generate are grist for journalism. Appalling violence in Chicago makes its unwelcome daily appearance on the evening news. We disagree about who we will admit into this country, who should pay for … Continue reading

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Inconvenient Faith

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Sometimes my husband and I go to church on Saturday night because it is more convenient than Sunday morning. Sometimes I ignore a plea for volunteer service because it would be inconvenient. Of course, we have the freedom to go … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Refugees

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Refugees were big news a couple months ago, but unfortunately the national discussion has moved on. President Trump has decided that there will be fewer refugees allowed into the U.S. this year. Last year the number of refugees was 110,000; this year it … Continue reading

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Fourth of July History – Five Questions

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My husband and I have been listening to the sound track of the Broadway musical Hamilton, (maybe one day we’ll see it) and one song has me thinking: “History Has Its Eyes On You.”  History, the recording and interpretation of happenings, … Continue reading

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Love, Light and Seeing Clearly

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God is love.  (1 John 4:8)  God is light.  (1 John 1:5)  If we love our brothers and sisters, then we live in God’s light.  (1 John 2:10) Who doesn’t want to live in the light of God? Everything of God would … Continue reading

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Have We Become Our Jobs?

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On what do you base your identity? Most often, these days, our identity is associated with our work.  An article in the Chicago Tribune (“Just can’t escape the daily grind” by Charles McNulty, February 21, 2016) argues that even today’s movies are … Continue reading

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Comfort is Not the Same as Rest

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Rest is something that is difficult to find these days, which is surprising because God promises rest to his people; honest to goodness rest, transformative rest, supernatural rest.  Are we missing something?  Maybe. Perhaps we are substituting something that looks like rest … Continue reading

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