2019-10-16: Had the good fortune of being given two of the new Library of America collection, What I Stand On: …

2019-10-10: Au revoir Paris.

2019-10-09: A rainy morning breakfast - croissant, omelette, and espresso - at Café de Flore, one of James …

2019-10-08: You were beautiful Crete. Our favorite.

2019-10-07: A reflection on the hug that has us all talking. The Offense of Grace: Botham and Brandt Jean and …

2019-10-06: A beautiful day on the west coast of Crete.

2019-10-05: Paris question: My wife and I have a couple of nights coming up in the city. If you could eat at one …

2019-10-05: First morning in Crete: A beautiful hike through Sirikari Gorge.

2019-10-04: Maggie and I have been traveling through Greece to celebrate our 20th anniversary. This biography of …

2019-10-02: Late-night backgammon in the old city of Rhodes.

2019-10-02: Good morning from Rhodes.

2019-10-01: Waiting for the ferry to Rhodes.

2019-10-01: Spotted these good-looking guys hunting bugs in an ancient cypress tree on Tilos this morning.

2019-09-30: On our last full day on Tilos we were up with the sun for our first hike of the day. A steep and …

2019-09-29: Getting the lay of the land on our first morning on Tilos before hiking to a beach that was deserted …

2019-09-27: Exploring the old city of Rhodes.

2019-09-26: Our spectacular dinner view on the island of Rhodes.

2019-09-25: Standing in this ”place of judgement” before the Corinthian authorities, the temple to Aphrodite on …

2019-09-25: Views from Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill).

2019-09-21: We’ve got some travel coming up, so I’ll be taking a break from my newsletter for a …

2019-09-19: A Cooper’s Hawk hunting in the garden.

2019-09-14: My newsletter is ending up being a mostly weekly affair.

2019-09-11: Squeezing every drop from summer days.

2019-09-10: Taking a second pass at these revisions. Pray saints!

2019-09-09: Up next by @DrIbram.

2019-09-08: Sans context, I’d struggle to know if you’re talking about your enneagram type or astrological sign.

2019-09-08: “It is difficult to recognize pride as a sin when it is held up on every side as a virture, …

2019-09-01: “In comparison to the Kongo of 1619, early colonial Virginia was an undeveloped Christian …

2019-08-30: Waiting for the sunrise on our last morning at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

2019-08-29: Yesterday evening and this morning. Not bad at all Sleeping Bear Dunes, not bad at all.

2019-08-28: Following our fearless leader along the Empire Bluffs Trail on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National …

2019-08-28: Morning walk along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

2019-08-26: A black-crowned night heron in Jackson Park this morning.

2019-08-25: This woman has shaped me in more ways than I’ll ever know. Rev. Debbie Blue has been my spiritual …

2019-08-25: Sunday morning commute!

2019-08-21: Up next. Anyone else reading this?

2019-08-19: Aaaaand… the book has a cover.

2019-08-18: “After a long winter of waiting, it was my first duty to go out lamenting. So after the first rain …

2019-08-17: Just sent another edition of my occasional newsletter.

2019-08-17: Not quite sure how this happened, but this is the first time I’m getting to Peterson’s classic on …

2019-08-16: House built by Jacob Burkle, a German immigrant, in Memphis in 1849 as a stop on the Underground …

2019-08-15: We started our morning remembering those whose blood ran down this bridge on Bloody Sunday in 1965, …

2019-08-14: I want to live in that place. (Kelly Ingram Park. Birmingham, AL.)

2019-08-14: Spending our morning in Birmingham at the feet of our elders. As children these saints placed their …

2019-08-09: Michael Brown was killed five years ago. A few weeks later I joined other clergy for a night walking …

2019-08-03: Our morning harvest.

2019-07-30: “His problem, too familiar to him by then, was that he did not know enough. He knew the outline, and …

2019-07-29: Evening walk to Promontory Point.

2019-07-21: The heat wave has passed for now.

2019-07-20: Morning waves.

2019-07-16: Searching for treasure on Northerly Island.

2019-07-13: May the church be found faithful.

2019-07-04: The neighborhood parade.

2019-07-02: Seattle - Denver

2019-06-30: Chicago - Seattle

2019-06-27: Spokane - Las Vegas

2019-06-24: Las Vegas vs Spokane.

2019-06-24: Colorado.

2019-06-11: A male Downy Woodpecker carrying some food for his babies.

2019-06-11: Waiting for the barber to finish up with his brother.

2019-06-05: New on the blog: Wait, what?! On being married to the same person - sort of - for 20 years.

2019-06-04: Indigo Bunting.

2019-05-25: A fun morning traipsing around the park.

2019-05-21: Gray Catbird (I think).

2019-05-16: One of the dangers of a multi-racial church is that we can confuse our proximity to racial diversity …

2019-05-15: After-school exploring along the lake and in Jackson Park. Lots of Ring-billed Gulls and a Great …

2019-05-15: Just a few days till the New Community Covenant Church Faith & Race Workshop!

2019-05-14: Spotted this oriel on our morning walk.

2019-05-07: Afternoon walk to the lake.

2019-05-03: This book about the Coptic martyrs captured my imagination more than anything else I’ve read …

2019-05-03: “Our black bodies literally have less economic value than the body of a white person,” she said. “As …

2019-05-02: Best books or articles reflecting on the Christian idea of the imago dei?

2019-05-01: After-school exploring.

2019-04-30: Conspiring about our 20th anniversary.

2019-04-28: Sunday afternoon exploring.

2019-04-25: Our Minister of Discipleship, @wkim83, has written a really good article for @RedeemerCTC about the …

2019-04-24: New blog post: What are white people to do after realizing our conflation of nationality, ethnicity, …

2019-04-23: I was surrounded by red-winged blackbirds during my morning walk through the meadow.

2019-04-22: I’m thrilled to participate in this event at @nseminary in June. Dr. @reglwill’s book, …

2019-04-21: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be …

2019-04-18: Two great finds at @strandbookstore yesterday, by @JemarTisby and @flemingrut. The Rutledge …

2019-04-18: During the 2008 presidential campaign I was randomly asked by a New York Times reporter what one …

2019-04-17: We got a beautiful spring day to explore NYC.

2019-04-17: Thrilled that Ida B. Wells is the focus of our church’s next Faith & Race Workshop. If you’re in …

2019-04-16: A beautiful spring day for a walk in Tallman Mountain State Park.

2019-04-15: Visiting the little red lighthouse, one of our boys’ favorite NYC traditions.

2019-04-11: Haircut for the 4-yr-old.

2019-04-10: Drove up to North Chicago yesterday to pick up this 1977 (my birth year!) Schwinn Traveler.

2019-04-08: Feeling like spring in Chicago.

2019-03-31: So ends another Sankofa Journey. So grateful for the members of this beloved community who now …

2019-03-30: Blessing Ms Elaine Turner who, as a teenager, was arrested more times than she can remember for …

2019-03-30: Memphis.

2019-03-30: Our pilgrimage today began with a time of reflection at the Edmund Pettus Bridge before retracing …

2019-03-30: We ended our Friday at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery remembering the …

2019-03-29: The Wales Window inside the 16th Street Baptist Church.

2019-03-29: Minister Jean Whitlow faced fire hoses and attack dogs while participating in the Birmingham …

2019-03-28: Tonight we leave on another Sankofa Journey toward racial righteousness through the American South. …

2019-03-21: Way too many white people simultaneously assume these two incongruities: 1) that Black people are, …

2019-03-17: Good morning from the Unisphere in Queens.

2019-03-15: An airport custodian just now, in Spanish: “There’s the law for the rich and the law for the poor. …

2019-03-13: Very grateful for the chance to join the @missioalliance writing team. I’ve appreciated …

2019-03-12: Feeling like spring today.

2019-03-05: Twelve Rules for the Bookish Life (Of course, the bookish life needs no rules.)

2019-03-05: Unpopular opinion: Chicago is beautiful in wintertime.

2019-03-05: Looking forward to spending time with these Lenten resources by @pursuedbytruth beginning with Ash …

2019-02-27: Fleming Rutledge on the uniqueness of Christianity.

2019-02-26: A Common Goldeneye and a Red-breasted Merganser on one of the few non-frozen sections of the …

2019-02-25: First attempt at sourdough bread from a homemade starter. Waiting for it to cool before slicing, but …

2019-02-25: My friend Kevin - a Catholic theologian - has written movingly about reimagining sites of African …

2019-02-23: The 9-yr-old & I had a great time in South Bend last night for the launch of my friend …

2019-02-19: Promontory Point, frozen.

2019-02-16: This lake is never not beautiful.

2019-02-16: One of the hardest things about following Jesus is renouncing my delusions about controlling God or …

2019-02-12: Icy.

2019-02-10: Sunday afternoon exploring.

2019-02-09: Morning departures from Montrose Harbor.

2019-02-08: My review of @caramac54’s book, The Color of Life: A Journey toward Love and Racial Justice, …

2019-02-07: February reading with the 9-yr-old.

2019-02-05: Homemade aromatherapy.

2019-02-02: Excited to spend the afternoon with some of our church’s preachers.

2019-02-02: The Christendom church is “a mixed spiritual-secular institution whose identity depends as …

2019-01-31: Aaaand… I’ve sent the draft manuscript to my editor. Is this slightly nauseous feeling …

2019-01-31: -5. It’s warming up y’all.

2019-01-30: -17, looking north from the Adler Planetarium.

2019-01-29: Homemade crusty bread for a chilly evening.

2019-01-29: Coffee break at the Sanctuary Cafe on a chilly morning.

2019-01-27: Religion provides divine sanction for all manner of mess, so the gospel makes religious people …

2019-01-26: Less than a week of editing before sending the first draft of the manuscript off to @ivpress. 😬🙏🏻

2019-01-25: Denver ✈️ Chicago

2019-01-24: Good morning from Denver!

2019-01-21: 🛬

2019-01-21: Courageous Discipleship in an Idolatrous Nation: A sermon from 1 Thessalonians 1 on the Martin …

2019-01-17: Heading home.

2019-01-15: The stack for the last chapter, tentatively titled “Uncommon Friendships.” Then the conclusion, …

2019-01-14: Exploring the frozen lakeshore.

2019-01-12: Snowy Saturday.

2019-01-09: Our family is very excited about our new Epiphany star and, per @flemingrut’s example, plan to …

2019-01-05: Today was our church’s monthly prayer walk around three local schools. Very little has proven …

2019-01-03: Writing is hard & I get why writers sometimes grumble - usually good-naturedly - about it, but …

2019-01-03: Looking south before heading north.

2019-01-03: I’ve set today aside to write the next chapter - tentatively titled “presence to …

2019-01-02: I wonder if more American Christians are closer to Jerry Falwell Jr.’s absurdity that …

2019-01-01: I’m proud of y’all for these new year’s resolutions but, as for me and my house, we’re celebrating …

2019-01-01: I’m proud of y’all for these new years resolutions, but we’re celebrating the 8th day of Christmas …

2018-12-31: A few of the voices in my head as I begin writing this next chapter.

2018-12-30: Today we had the opportunity to host three other churches for a community worship service. What an …

2018-12-29: On what my scaredy-cat has taught me about being one and pastoring others.

2018-12-28: A family hike at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

2018-12-27: Glad to be home.

2018-12-26: I reread my friend @JoseHumphreys’s new book as research for the chapter I’m working on …

2018-12-25: A Christmas woodpecker?

2018-12-24: Christmas Eve in Brownsville, TN.

2018-12-24: Decorating Christmas cookies.

2018-12-24: It’s too late for your Christmas shopping, but here are some short reflections about five of …

2018-12-22: A few thoughts provoked by the chapter I finished writing this morning: Children, Discipleship, and …

2018-12-20: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed …

2018-12-19: “Away From The Manger: The Refugee King” by @LizViceOFFICIAL might be more apt after …

2018-12-19: An early Christmas gift. Would I have supported Fannie Lou Hamer’s efforts with the Freedom …

2018-12-17: Racist complicity does not require racist intent.

2018-12-17: Me, to our kids: Advent is a season of waiting, remembering the anticipation of Jesus’ birth. …

2018-12-15: Saturday.

2018-12-15: Just about ready to write this next chapter. How does the church reckon seriously with the deforming …

2018-12-12: “It is astonishing how many ways we manage to devise for using the Bible to avoid a believing …

2018-12-11: Enjoying some sunshine on our afternoon walk through the meadow.

2018-12-11: Some of the ways Christians are culturally out of step: We won’t kill anyone, ever. We won’t …

2018-12-09: Sunday walk with my favorite person.

2018-12-06: Ministry folks: What books about children ministry do you recommend? Especially interested in …

2018-12-05: Fascinating cover from the April, 1984 cover of @CTmagazine, though the real treasure is the …

2018-12-04: Searching for shells.

2018-12-03: Ready to write this next chapter.

2018-11-30: Wintertime picnic.

2018-11-28: Home.

2018-11-27: ❄️🐦

2018-11-25: “You alone can fill our souls, and You have promised to so so. Enter into us and set us on …

2018-11-21: Here we go! Sweet potato-pumpkin pies cooling on the porch.

2018-11-20: I know we’re approaching Advent, but today’s mail has me thinking about Lent. Thanks to …

2018-11-18: ”…ordain the means whereby we may do something for You…”

2018-11-16: In the pursuit of justice, Christians are unique - strange, even - in how we reject …

2018-11-15: The greatest testimony to the gospel in this white supremacist nation are the generations of Black …

2018-11-15: When it comes to reconciliation, the problem isn’t that the American church struggles to be …

2018-11-11: Just passing through. See you in a few days, Chicago.

2018-11-11: Thanking God for the completion of another sacred Sankofa journey with these women and men. May the …

2018-11-10: “Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the …

2018-11-10: Selma is today. The movement for civil rights is today. The freedom struggle is today.

2018-11-09: “We will remember.” The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Montgomery, AL.

2018-11-09: One of the sculptures in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, AL.

2018-11-06: I made some homemade ice cream this morning - blackstrap molasses with pralines, if you’re …

2018-11-06: Sabbath walk.

2018-11-06: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your …

2018-11-05: A few of my thoughts & questions for Trump-supporting white Christians on the eve of another …

2018-11-05: What our racialized society assumes to be natural will be resisted as toxic by the reconciling …

2018-11-03: “The frontier of self-exploration has grown, through various spiritual disciplines of …

2018-11-03: “The frontier of self-exploration has grown, through various spiritual disciplines of …

2018-11-01: Before supper family walk.

2018-11-01: When faced with the choice of believing white pundits or black Christians, the vast majority of …

2018-10-31: There is now an elaborate system of candy trading happening. Too complicated for my feeble adult …

2018-10-31: My wife made a delicious vegetable curry. I should have that for dinner tonight rather than gorging …

2018-10-31: Fleming Rutledge hopes to add an afterword to her book, The Crucifixion, about a book & author …

2018-10-30: Our sons’ public elementary school is always beautiful this time of year.

2018-10-30: Sabbath walk.

2018-10-29: Yesterday I asked our church to put on the full armor of God each morning this week, remembering …

2018-10-28: Sunday evening family walk through the meadow.

2018-10-25: “The Christian life consists in what God does for us, not what we do for God… the Christian …

2018-10-24: Much of American Christianity assumes that, over time, a believer’s faith will remain static …

2018-10-24: 🍂

2018-10-23: “Without the Cross and Resurrection, Christian worship is null and void, and a theology of liturgy …

2018-10-23: 🍂 🌊

2018-10-23: Autumn in the neighborhood.

2018-10-22: Moonrise.

2018-10-22: To the rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world and to the spiritual forces of evil in the …

2018-10-22: Migrant Caravan Continues North, Defying Mexico and U.S. He added: “They said they weren’t going to …

2018-10-21: Gluten-free coffee cake on the last Sunday of my sabbatical. (The 4-yr-old is _very _ concerned that …

2018-10-18: A very solid mail day.

2018-10-17: Another beautiful start to the day at Willett Distillery.

2018-10-16: Spending a good morning at the Willett Distillery.

2018-10-15: New on the blog: The Priority of Prayer: Wendell Berry, Jaques Ellul, and a Christian response to …

2018-10-14: Vegan chilli in process. It’s about to smell wonderful in here!

2018-10-14: “Prayer means letting God’s creative love touch the most hidden places of our being & prayer …

2018-10-11: I’m looking for reading recommendations about what liturgy does or how it works on us. That …

2018-10-11: I’m forever grateful for the men of color in my life who will, on occasion, ask how I’m …

2018-10-09: I love that our preschooler returns to our city apartment and immediately checks the rasberry bushes …

2018-10-09: My friend, Pastor Gabriel J. Catanus, has written movingly about resisting the politics of fear as a …

2018-10-09: There is surely a host of non-believers who, examining American Christianity, wonder what sort of a …

2018-10-08: Arie Crown Forest.

2018-10-08: [me at the beginning of a chapter] How am I going to eke out a few thousand words from this idea? …

2018-10-08: A new report shows how quickly climate change is happening & how deadly our inaction is. …

2018-10-07: I find our oldest son reading in the most surprising places.

2018-10-06: “To the extent that the church enjoys the privileges of this order, the church, including the …

2018-10-06: In my just-because reading pile- just finished Wiman’s He Held Radical Life and now into The …

2018-10-06: Birrieria Zaragoza does one thing exceedingly well: braised and stewed goat on fresh tortillas with …

2018-10-05: A drizzly walk to school.

2018-10-04: “You don’t turn to God in a crisis because you are afraid, at least not primarily. You turn to God …

2018-10-04: Do any of the promoters of the so-called Benedict Option (for church in hostile societies) show any …

2018-10-03: “For preachers… who enjoy privilege in this System… resistance involves placing our voices in …

2018-10-03: The stack for chapter 6 of the book.

2018-10-03: I wrote this, A litany for the 2016 election… and today, for our church after the election, …

2018-09-29: Dr. Willie Jennings just said: “Christian faith in the modern world was formed in a hermeneutic of …

2018-09-26: The 4-yr-old just called guacamole “rock-amole” because, “It’s ready to rock!”

2018-09-25: Lord Jesus, let your truth unsettle each of my ideologies, especially the ones which have made …

2018-09-25: New on the blog: I’m Still Here: Austin Channing Brown on the death of hope.

2018-09-24: Whiteness = weaponized scarcity, mythologized & institutionalized.

2018-09-22: Your best okra recipes please.

2018-09-21: “Percentage of Superiority.” Lothrop Stoddard’s contribution to the so-called science of immigration …

2018-09-20: “Decentralizing the white male figure’s blasphemous godlike position is necessary so that …

2018-09-20: “The white church…has often been silent in response to 400 years of assault on black humanity… That …

2018-09-20: “Far from curing the wound of racism, the white man’s Christianity has been its soothing …

2018-09-20: “In a so-called colorblind era, whites must negotiate a delicate balance between protecting the …

2018-09-19: “Race is the child of racism, not the father.” Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

2018-09-19: “What is the condition of white life? We are moral debtors who act as material creditors.” Eula …

2018-09-19: “What exactly it means to be white seems to elude no one as fully as it eludes those of us who are …

2018-09-19: Figuring some stuff out.

2018-09-19: “A Xian understanding of friendship as the richest… possible form of human closeness may in fact be …

2018-09-18: There are still a few monarchs hanging around the city. This warm weather is confusing all of us.

2018-09-18: A few thoughts on church-planting as gentrification-chasing. wp.me/p4OTA-3sW

2018-09-17: Praying friends: my cousin was struck & killed by a car as he was walking home from work today. …

2018-09-17: Places I feel most patriotic: public schools and national parks.

2018-09-16: I canned 15 quarts of tomatoes this morning but I’m most excited about these: fermented dill …

2018-09-15: What sounds impossibly radical to the powerful is just common sense to everyone else.

2018-09-14: Today we turned about 30 pounds of peaches into a bunch of preserved fruit and jam. Do your worst …

2018-09-14: There’s NO WAY I should be sharing the stage with these 4 leaders… but I can personally …

2018-09-13: The president continues to verbalize what has always been true in this country: fully human = white …

2018-09-13: Fleming Rutledge: “There was never a time when God was against us.” wp.me/p4OTA-3sS

2018-09-12: “To only remember having been attacked while rarely discussing, or even acknowledging in some cases, …

2018-09-12: Yes.

2018-09-12: Seems every Christian has a “Jesus didn’t really mean it” category. For progressive Christians it …

2018-09-11: I’ve come to see that the same white people who most loudly oppose racial injustice generally …

2018-09-11: Update: apparently a large order of peaches includes a bunch of peppers, tomatoes, and a large bag …

2018-09-11: This afternoon our favorite farmer is dropping off 30 lbs of peaches for us. I could have picked …

2018-09-11: “We live as exiles in a territory that is either besieged or occupied by alien gods. The church …

2018-09-09: Chicago is practically overrun with monarch butterflies right now and it’s the best.

2018-09-07: “I am afraid that most of the white people I have ever known impressed me as being in the grip of a …

2018-09-06: “Two factors are most striking about evangelical solutions to racial problems. 1st, they are …

2018-09-06: “White conservative Protestants…are more individualistic & less structural in their explanations …

2018-09-06: “[White evangelicals] interpret the [race] problem at the individual level. To do otherwise would …

2018-09-06: “White evangelicals are more willing to pursue a white conservative political agenda than to be …

2018-09-06: “[It] was believed that God made the races different, & so blacks and whites should be …

2018-09-06: “Despite having the subcultural tools to call for radical changes in race relations, [white …

2018-09-06: I’m rereading Divided by Faith, pub in 2000, and finding it has held up depressingly well.

2018-09-04: Chicago is never more hopeful to me than on the first day of school. May God bless every nervous …

2018-09-03: There’s a huge thunderstorm rumbling through our neighborhood right now and this is one of the …

2018-09-03: Happy to find @ayjay’s new book on the big table at Seminary Co-op.

2018-09-01: The farmers market in Iowa City is fantastic! We’re heading back to Chicago with eggs, honey, coffee …

2018-08-31: A few weeks back my family spent a couple of days visiting Mount St. Helens which got me thinking …

2018-08-30: So many prairie dogs in the Badlands. (Did you know prairie dogs have fleas which carry bubonic …

2018-08-29: We saw so many of these pronghorns along a stretch of Montana and Wyoming highway today.

2018-08-27: A view from Glacier National Park during our afternoon hike.

2018-08-26: Reading Wendell Berry’s Citizenship Papers (2003) - picked up at a used bookshop - and remembering …

2018-08-26: Spotting a beaver lodge in Glacier National Park.

2018-08-23: Angry birds, Deception Pass Park.

2018-08-22: Smoky sunset on the ferry ride from Friday Harbor to Anacortes.

2018-08-21: After a day cycling around San Juan Island, these three finds at the excellent Serendipity Books in …

2018-08-17: Mt St Helens is the real thing. I’m a true believer.

2018-08-16: My Christian faith has been nurtured in important, specific ways by sisters and brothers in the …

2018-08-15: In no particular order and for no particular reason, here are some songs from the albums I’ve most …

2018-08-14: Cama Beach State Park.

2018-08-14: This, from Elizabeth Bruenning in the Washington Post about the Trump administration’s …

2018-08-14: Finishing touches on the blackberry pie before putting it in the oven.

2018-08-13: Current stack for a thing I’m working on.

2018-08-11: Stillaguamish Pow Wow near Arlington, WA.

2018-08-09: “The hideousness of crucifixion summons us to put away sentimentality and face up to the ugliness …

2018-08-09: Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion is wonderful for many, many reasons - for how it makes me …

2018-08-07: Exploring Cama State Park this morning.

2018-08-06: “And for the first time I felt my nakedness.” wp.me/p4OTA-3s4

2018-08-04: Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

2018-08-04: “Those bastards in their white lab coats Who experiment with mountain goats Should leave the …

2018-08-04: Yellowstone Lake near the Grant Village campground.

2018-07-23: The insidious genius of white supremacy resides not only in its power to organize all of society …

2018-07-21: The peace won by Christ’s shed blood destroys & creates… it destroys every hostility that …

2018-07-21: Just filled my maternal grandmother’s cookie jar with cookies baked from my paternal grandmother’s …

2018-07-21: I’d love for you to join us this coming Thursday evening as we celebrate our …

2018-07-12: Our most recent church newsletter with a reflection about reading Scripture like we would savor a …