Spy Wednesday

Sunday Jesus enters Jerusalem to shouts of praise.  Monday he clears the temple with shouts against injustice.  Tuesday the leaders are shouting as they try to stop his teaching and prove heresy.  Now it’s Wednesday.  No more shouts.  On Wednesday there is silence.  Except for Judas. Judas watched the popularity of Jesus soar on Sunday. …

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jewels

We are adding jewels for His crown by adding Jules to our staff.  Julie (Jules) Roper joined our team as our new COO.   I’ll introduce her to you.  But I also want to know how you are adding jewels for His crown in 2020. You are God’s Jewel The book of Zechariah says, “The Lord…

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favorite gift

I remember visiting the mall and telling Santa all I wanted for Christmas.  How about you?  Some years the list was embarrassingly long.  Probably like me, you forget all the presents over time, but I bet one stands out.  What was your favorite Christmas gift ever? The greatest Christmas gift No cheating.  We all know…

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Labor Day

Monday is Labor Day.  A holiday marked more by sales and the end of summer, than on its origins in labor.  A true justice perspective on Labor Day examines both the social and Biblical messages on labor. A social perspective on Labor Day Labor Day originated as a federal holiday in 1894.  The purpose was…

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prayer

  I spoke Wednesday at Christian Business Fellowship on the role of prayer in business.  The presentation arose from a discussion among business leaders.  Many lived in the divided world of choice A , others wrestled with the amount of overlap in choice B.  I said the answer was C.  Prayer is not part of…

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DCFS

by Nancy Allen, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Gospel Justice Initiative My hometown of Crystal Lake recently experienced one of the worst injustices of all—the abuse that led to the death of an innocent child. Crystal Lake recently ranked 10th in the U.S. as one of the “Best Small Cities in the Country” based on quality…

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care

I was blessed to get out of the Chicago cold on vacation recently.  While traveling, I read “Crazy Enough to Care” by my friend, Alvin Bibbs.  Alvin provides excellent insights into what it means to be crazy enough to care. Begin with Compassion Alvin’s book is not meant to be read as a book.  The…

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samaritan

Last Sunday I spoke at Ebenezer Christian Reform Church in Berwyn, a neighborhood of Chicago.  I shared 3 startling insights that will make you rethink the Good Samaritan.  The insights prompted my writing the book Gospel Justice. Startling Insight #1:  The Good Samaritan is about the Gospel I grew up in Sunday School.  I’m so…

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jails

This week is locked in solidarity week created by our friends at Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to shine a light on mass incarceration.  Many justice challenges are big, but there are three practical ways you can be involved in promoting justice, not jails. First, do justice not jails through custom notifications Custom notifications are…

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truth

As we enter 2019 we have new opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom of justice and righteousness.  Here are 3 ways to administer TRUE justice in the year ahead. 1.  Find the truth I encourage you to read Isaiah 59.  Isaiah was a prophet and the chapter is a blog post for today.  Isaiah relays the…

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