• Cooking from a couple of favorite cookbooks today: lemon and blueberry frozen yogurt and bbq spiced chicken thighs with yogurt nuoc cham sauce.

  • Pre-bedtime fire in the garden.

  • Got to hang out with this goldfinch along with oriels, warblers, some noisy redwing blackbirds, and an especially impressive heron in Jackson Park this afternoon.

  • Sunday scoot.

  • The six-yr-old would prefer to read with his mom the rest of the evening but we’re going with his older brother’s preference: Minecraft the board game. (Yes, there is a board game.)

  • “The Objectivity of God closes the intellect up in wonder. The richness of this Mystery is inexhaustible, and we study it only in prayer.”

    Katherine Sonderegger, Systematic Theology Vol. 1

  • In today’s newsleteter: Who gets to determine the ideal?

  • Got to hang out with a few Wood Ducks in Jackson Park this afternoon on my sabbath walk.

  • It’s a big day!

  • “We’ve been crushed down among evil men. We don’t know where to go, we only know where we’ve been.”

    Inez Andrews sings our lament.

  • Illinois, join us for prayer tomorrow afternoon.

  • There’s a certain kind of elder saint who can say “prayer changes things” and I feel that thing in my bones.

  • “Given racism’s critical role in providing an outlet for white frustrations caused by economic exploitation and political manipulation, one wonders whether American society could survive as we know it if large numbers of whites ever realized what racism costs them.”

    Derrick Bell

  • Wasn’t expecting the Cooper’s Hawk to back down, but that’s what happened!

  • “If you do not confess the greatenss of the debt, you do not discover the excess of grace.”

    John Chrysostom

  • Lots of Sandhill Cranes at the Indiana National Lakeshore today.

  • In this week’s newsletter, a sermon from Genesis 16.

    “Every one of us has known at least occasional moments of invisibility. Others of you have lived lifetimes punching your way through the weighted veil held over your bodies by the hands of white supremacy and misogyny.”

  • Afternoon snack. 📷 🐦

  • Please listen to this report by my friend Esther Yoon-Ji Kang on NPR’s All Things Considered: Activists Say Anti-Asian Attacks Go Unreported Due To Stereotypes, Language Barriers.

  • Caught this White-breasted Nuthatch building a nest on my afternoon walk.

  • In this week’s newsletter: Leaving the white church for what?

    The white people leaving white evangelicalism often find themselves with no idea about where they are going. Theirs is an exodus into a void.

  • “As witness of God-with-us, the church is called to stand silently at the places where the national powers are crucifying the innocent and waging war against the poor.”

    Barbara A. Holmes, Joy Unspeakable

  • While hiking a portion of the Ice Age Trail in southern Wisconsin today, we heard a distinct call far overhead. The Sandhill Cranes are back! 📷

  • In this week’s newsletter I write about the abiding connection between worship and justice.

    Just because you can’t imagine this beautiful tangle of worship and justice doesn’t mean that a whole host of Christians haven’t been living it for generations.

  • “By the time Europeans began colonizing the planet while defaming the name of Jesus, Ethiopians had already been a Christian nation for over a thousand years.”

    Vince Bantu, Gospel Haymanot

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