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April 21st mark it down

It was last September when I first heard All Sons & Daughters at a conference in downtown Chicago. I found the music of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan fresh, honest, thoughtful and moving.

In a very unique and uncharacteristicly me move, I said to my colleagues Dave and Steve, “We need to get them to come to Parkview.” Well, they made it happen. On the weekend of April 21 & 22, All Sons & Daughters will travel up from Nashville to Glen Ellen. Saturday evening will be a more subdued interactive worship type experience while Sunday morning will feature All Sons & Daughters leading the church in all three services. Mark down the dates Parkview – you don’t want to miss this two day event.  Invite some guests – you won’t be disappointed.


Season of giving?

The holiday season is often refered to as the “season of giving.”  But is it? I’m not just talking about giving to ourselves, friends and families, gifts we most likely don’t need – but giving to those who are truly desperate, marginalized, forgotten, abused or hungry?

Sometimes our response to the idea of generosity is “I’d like to give but right now I [we] don’t have enough money or resources to spare and until we’re doing better financially – we can’t be expected to be generous to others – we just can’t do it.”

Yet as Christians, the Apostle Paul calls us to “carry each other’s burdens and in this way fulfill the law of Christ.”

The famous preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards responded to this mentality with the following comments….

“In many cases, we may, by the rules of the gospel, be obliged to give to others when we cannot do it without suffering ourselves…If our neighbor’s difficulties and necessities be much greater than our own, and we see that he is not like to be otherwise relieved, we should be willing to suffer with him, and to take part of his burden on ourselves; else how is that rule of bearing one another’s burdens fulfilled?

If we are never obliged to relieve others’ burdens, but when we can do it without burdening ourselves, then how do we bear our neighbor’s burdens, when we bear no burden at all?” [Jonathan Edwards, Christian Charity, The Works of Jonathan Edwards]

With this in mind, can we say this is truly the “season of giving” or “carrying other’s burdens?”



by Mo Bella Russo

Because of his love and grace, God takes the empty canvas of our lives and creates beautiful things.  These paintings were created in the few minutes we discussed this on Sunday.  The song “Beautiful Things”by Gungor was featured while our artist was at work.

by Mo Bella Russo

All this reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old is gone, the new has come!”


Another “short” glimpse

As Parkview church moves forward with our partnership in India, here’s another little glimpse of Kolkata and our friends at Raghabpur. Thanks Wonderkind!


see you on the 22nd

For those who are interested, next Sunday is lining up to be a pretty normal one for me. And yes, I know what is being said about May 21st being Judgment Day. As far as I’m concerned, whenever anyone applies a date or time to that event – I make dinner plans. Hopefully I’ll feel up to eating but I have to admit this kind of prophetic twaddle makes me feel a bit sick. Seriously, why are some people obsessed with predicting the end of the world? I just don’t get it. Even more perplexing [not to mention embarrassing] is why do they insist on doing so in the name of Jesus? This kind of capricious and vain speculation is erroneous and without any Scriptural merit. It simply invites a media circus in which “Christians” are portrayed as the clowns. The wreckage left in the wake of such nonsense is extensive and significantly undermines legitimate attempts of the Christian Church to love and share truth to a culture already steeped in skepticism. 

I’ve had numerous emails asking my opinion on this matter. So, if the previous paragraph isn’t clear enough, here goes. Not only do I think those  making this prediction are sadly misguided but this kind of nonsense is simply not helpful for anyone and their foolishness risks doing irreparable damage to the cause of Christ and his Gospel of grace.

I’ll take Jesus at his word. He said to his followers, “You do not know the day or the hour.” That comment is pretty hard to dismiss. See you on Sunday, May 22nd.


the big picture


“This is My Normal” — Film Premier

Two of my good friends, Bob and Brian, who happen to also be part of the Parkview family, have made a documentary on life in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  The film, entitled This is My Normal  [Wonderkind Studios], is premiering April 7th at the Arcade theater in St Charles, IL. [showing soon in CA, AZ, OR, NY]

Poverty can be a complex issue finances alone can’t solve.  This film seeks to reveal the greater need of personal transformation required to free those trapped in the cycle of poverty.  It is a moving, inspiring, informative and artfully created work I highly recommend.  Here is the trailer…

re: the random-ness

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