Posts in category "Narrative"

My Life-Changing Journey to a Christian Camp in Northern Wisconsin

My Life-Changing Journey to a Christian Camp in Northern Wisconsin
Greetings, all! Tonight, I am part of ChicagoNow’s “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXI.” Our editor, Jimmy Greenfield, has prompted us to write about the following prompt in 60 minutes or less: “Write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference.”  Jimmy’s disclaimer: The famous Robert Frost poem idealistically wants taking... Read more »

Seven Things We've Learned About Buying and Raising a Collie Puppy (or two)

Seven Things We've Learned About Buying and Raising a Collie Puppy (or two)
My husband and I brought home Bear and Thor last November. They are now six months old, and have stolen our hearts! Here are seven lessons we’ve learned in our four short months of puppy ownership that you may find encouraging if you are considering bringing home some furry friends of your own–or perhaps, if... Read more »

The Millennial Miracle #3: 'It's nice to know there are good people out there'

The Millennial Miracle #3: 'It's nice to know there are good people out there'
“It’s nice to know there are good people in the world like you.” My new friend Matt said these words to me at the end of our two-hour flight from Chicago to Denver Wednesday. He was a 22-year-old guy flying to Denver to spend four weeks in the Rockies camping out and mapping terrain to... Read more »
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Let's Talk About Homosexuality: it's only awkward if you make it awkward

Let's Talk About Homosexuality: it's only awkward if you make it awkward
Last Saturday afternoon, I hosted a conversation about homosexuality with the Navigators’ 20s Mission: Chicago in downtown Chicago. Fourteen of us met at Big Bricks Chicago on N. Lincoln Ave. to talk about potentially awkward questions including, “Is homosexuality a sin?” “Can someone be both gay and Christian?” and “How can the church love gay... Read more »

Willow Creek DuPage Commissions Reece Whitehead as Campus Pastor

Reece Whitehead was commissioned as Willow Creek DuPage campus' pastor this morning after serving nearly seven months as interim campus pastor.
Reece Whitehead‘s grandparents gave their lives to Jesus Christ in 1959 while listening to Billy Graham give a stadium altar call in Melbourne, Australia. As a result, Reece and his siblings were raised to know Jesus, and he and his brother Darren ultimately found themselves in pastoral roles at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.... Read more »

Connecticut School Shooting: Love is a Weapon Against Darkness

Connecticut School Shooting: Love is a Weapon Against Darkness
When I heard the news about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 27 children and a gunman dead (at the time of most recent reports), I was on my way to a Christianity Today staff Christmas luncheon. I didn’t feel quite right celebrating at such a time as... Read more »
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The war on men: a single Christian lady perspective

The war on men: a single Christian lady perspective
Conservative Christians and liberal feminists alike have recently gone up in arms over the “end of men,” a topic broached in Hanna Rosin’s 2010 Atlantic Magazine cover story, “The End of Men” (she wrote a novel on this theme that was released in September). I’ve intentionally stayed out of this conversation until a friend read... Read more »

(Not so) lazy Sunday: kayaking the Chicago River

(Not so) lazy Sunday: kayaking the Chicago River
Ever wondered what it would be like to see Chicago from the river below street level? If so, wonder no more! If not, maybe the following glimpse into a two hour tour of downtown Chi-town from the (icy) waters of the river will convince you to be a bit more adventurous, and to maybe even... Read more »

Catholics, kleenex, and komedy: a blathering for the ages

Catholics, kleenex, and komedy: a blathering for the ages
When I arrived at the ChicagoNow “blathering” (blogger gathering) at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn Thursday night, I expected a night full of comedy and cheers. Sure enough, ChicagoNow bloggers Scott King, Patrick O’Hara, and Dale Zawada delivered – assisted by guest comedians Jacob Williams and Fritz Nothnagel. The audience heard about topics ranging from domestic disputes... Read more »
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How have I survived 23 years as a twin?

How have I survived 23 years as a twin?
My twin sister left me today. She’s headed back to the sunny shores of SoCal where she will enroll as a 2L at Pepperdine Law School after completing a summer externship in Chicago with a federal district court judge in the Loop, and I’m left here, in my empty studio apartment alone, not sure when... Read more »