“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
At dinner with a former Wheaton College professor this evening, I was devastated to receive news of a former classmate’s sudden, tragic death: Josiah Bubna was only 22 when he died suddenly Saturday afternoon. We shared duties on the Wheaton Record’s editorial staff, shared a classroom in Dr. Graves’ Introduction to Old Testament class sophomore... Read more »
This weekend, I will be attending Second Glass’ "Wine Riot" at Union Station in Chicago
. According to the press release, this event will be "two parts education, one part revolution," and I am very much looking forward to "travelling from the Loire Valley in France to the depths of Germany," though I have only one goal : to find the wine Jesus put in the jars at the wedding at Cana (see John 2:6-11)
According to the Bible, Jesus' turning water into wine was his first miracle ever. Wine Riot's website insists we will be able to ask wine experts any number of questions ranging from "Do they really put raspberries in there?” to “How do you pronounce Gewürztraminer?,” but the only question I'm interested in asking is: how did Jesus do it?
The people at the wedding claimed that the wine Jesus made was "the best.
" The chances of my finding it at Chicago's Wine Riot
are slim, as the wine at Cana was created by the son of God and I doubt anyone was smart enough to save some in a Tupperware container way back then. In any case, I'm going to spend my time at Wine Riot interrogating the "experts" in the field and looking for the wine from the wedding at Cana.
If you want to join me in this Biblical endeavor/investigation, tickets to Chicago's Wine Riot are still available online
, and at the door. The event starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Union Station, and will continue tomorrow with two sessions: the first from 1-5 p.m., and the other from 7 - 11 p.m.
Hope to see you there...