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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 »

Christopher (Fitter) Steinke: A (Suburban) Chicago Worship Leader You Should Know

Christopher (Fitter) Steinke: A (Suburban) Chicago Worship Leader You Should Know
I’ve interviewed and talked with Christian worship leaders from around the world including Chris Tomlin, Amy Grant, Christy Nockels, Mandisa, Mac Powell, Kari Jobe, Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, Laura Story, Sara Groves, Jenn Johnson, Joel Houston of Hillsong United, Matt Redman, and Israel Houghton, but none have captured my attention like one named Christopher... Read more »

I Am Today's Christian Woman: Let's Talk About Sex

I Am Today's Christian Woman: Let's Talk About Sex
In August 2012, I accepted a full-time job as Today’s Christian Woman’s online editor. It’s been just over a year since that fateful day, and ever since, I’ve been intentional about learning exactly what it means to live life as a Christian woman. Thanks to the amazing articles, interviews, and reporting I’ve been able to... Read more »
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From Wheaton College to TIME Magazine: Elizabeth Dias' Advice to Aspiring Journalists

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“All journalists are insecure overachievers-learn how to make mistakes and own them. Your mistakes don’t define you.” This was one of many memorable phrases shared by TIME Magazine reporter Elizabeth Dias at Wheaton College’s Homecoming weekend 2013. The weekend marked her fifth year college reunion, and she came to campus as a guest of the... Read more »

Help End Sex Trafficking in Chicago: Run the TraffickFree 5K

Help End Sex Trafficking in Chicago: Run the TraffickFree 5K
As a journalist, I come across controversial topics on a regular basis–but none have captivated me like human trafficking has. I’m passionate about raising awareness about the criminal activity that claims an estimated 300,000 minors each year within the United States (and countless more in countries around the world, including Honduras). As much as I... Read more »

My Philadelphia Adventure with Shane Claiborne at the Simple Way

My Philadelphia Adventure with Shane Claiborne at the Simple Way
I’m a journalist with experience reporting all over Chicago, so it wasn’t unusual for me to send up a few prayers as I boarded Philadelphia’s public transit system on my way to interview author/activist/peacemaker Shane Claiborne at his nonprofit, “The Simple Way,” in North Philadelphia. I tried to keep facts like “Philadelphia is one of... Read more »
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Christine Caine: 'Impossible is Where God Starts'

Christine Caine: 'Impossible is Where God Starts'
“Starting when I was only three, I was sexually abused by four men in my life for twelve years. Now I’m almost 47. I was abused for 12 years, but I’ve not been abused for 35. Today I choose to step into the future believing God’s word to pursue the abundant, purpose-driven passionate life Jesus... Read more »

Nik Wallenda Crosses the Grand Canyon: 'Thank You Jesus'

Nik Wallenda Crosses the Grand Canyon: 'Thank You Jesus'
Nik Wallenda crossed the Grand Canyon successfully tonight, without a safety harness, while proclaiming his faith and trust in Jesus. “Thank you, Jesus,” he said several times during his walk across the 1,400-foot tightrope over 1,500 feet above the canyon (a height taller than the Empire State Building). During my interview with him last week,... Read more »

Five Reasons Why I Have the Best Dad Ever

Five Reasons Why I Have the Best Dad Ever
It’s Father’s Day, and with that, here are five reasons why my dad is the best dad ever: 1. He’s been married to my mom for 32 years. In addition to being Father’s Day this week, my parents also celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary this week. This is a staggering statistic in a society where... Read more »
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West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition Launch: Refuse to Do Nothing

West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition Launch: Refuse to Do Nothing
Tonight over 50 people gathered at Glen Ellyn’s Blackberry Market for the launch of the West Chicago Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Representatives from churches, nonprofits, and organizations gathered for an evening of networking and conversation about what needs to be done in West Chicagoland to combat human trafficking of all kinds, including labor and sex trafficking happening... Read more »