• A fun morning traipsing around the park.


  • Gray Catbird (I think).

  • One of the dangers of a multi-racial church is that we can confuse our proximity to racial diversity with the lived commitment to racial reconciliation & justice.

  • After-school exploring along the lake and in Jackson Park. Lots of Ring-billed Gulls and a Great Egret.


  • Spotted this oriel on our morning walk.

  • Afternoon walk to the lake.

  • This book about the Coptic martyrs captured my imagination more than anything else I’ve read this year. My review for @ERBks has just been posted.

  • “Our black bodies literally have less economic value than the body of a white person,” she said. “As soon as a white body moves into the same space that I occupied, all of a sudden this place is more valuable.”

  • Best books or articles reflecting on the Christian idea of the imago dei?

  • After-school exploring.

  • Conspiring about our 20th anniversary.

  • Sunday afternoon exploring.

  • Our Minister of Discipleship, @wkim83, has written a really good article for @RedeemerCTC about the intersection of discipleship and racial reconciliation.

  • New blog post: What are white people to do after realizing our conflation of nationality, ethnicity, and race are neither an accurate reflection of reality nor a neutral state of being?

  • I was surrounded by red-winged blackbirds during my morning walk through the meadow.

  • I’m thrilled to participate in this event at @nseminary in June. Dr. @reglwill’s book, Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus, has been really influential for me.

  • “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

  • Two great finds at @strandbookstore yesterday, by @JemarTisby and @flemingrut. The Rutledge collection of sermons seemed especially apropos to have found during our visit to NYC.

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign I was randomly asked by a New York Times reporter what one issue was most important to me. My answer then was the same as it is today: climate change.

  • We got a beautiful spring day to explore NYC.

  • Thrilled that Ida B. Wells is the focus of our church’s next Faith & Race Workshop. If you’re in the Chicago area, you’re invited!

  • A beautiful spring day for a walk in Tallman Mountain State Park.

  • Visiting the little red lighthouse, one of our boys’ favorite NYC traditions.

  • Haircut for the 4-yr-old.

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