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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…


Doubt it

Anyone who is honest admits to moments of doubt. Is God really out there? Does he give a rip about me?  Unless I’m wrong, these are common questions that creep into all our finite minds. It’s a universal human experience. As such, doubt is natural and is no way the opposite of faith. Instead, it is an important part of faith and plays a role in our journey to find truth. In fact, doubt is healthy if it moves us to further reflection and study.

“There lies more faith in honest doubt than in all the creeds.”Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Only God and certain mad men have no doubt.” Martin Luther


Meaning of life?

In Les Miserables, as the young men fighting oppression settle in for the night on the barricades — facing the reality of their impending battle and death, they sing these words…

Drink with me to days gone by
Can it be you fear to die?
Will the world remember you
When you fall?
Could it be your death
Means nothing at all?
Is your life just one more lie?

I thought of these lyrics recently while reading in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Facing the same reality of impending death, the author poses the question – does my life matter? He says, “Meaningless. Meaningless. Utterly meaningless. What does man gain from all his labor under the sun?”  His answer? “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God give wisdom, knowledge and happiness.”

Unless we are willing to look to God for truth, we are destined to live without meaning.  To comprehend the finite, one must know the infinite.


Giving thanks today for all my many friends at Parkview Community Church who give sacrificially of their time, money and energy to loving those who most others overlook and ignore; the homeless, the strippers, the addicts, the thirsty — not to mention other everyday broken people like me.
“Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.” – Jesus


New sport needed

Last week an inordinate number of people shared with me how “busy, tired and stressed out” they were feeling. While I listened to them complain, a part of me winced with compassion while at the same time a not so sympathetic side of me didn’t really want to hear it. Why? Because for the most part, we choose the hectic lifestyles we live. People in the burbs love to tell you how totally exhausted they are but then fall apart or get upset when you agree saying, “Yeah, you do look pretty wiped out.” Forget trying to suggest they cut back on what they’re doing because all you get in return is a defense of why cutting back is not an option. Truth is — I’m as guilty of this as anybody. But what I’ve come to realize is that much of my busy, hurry up, stress inducing and exhausting lifestyle is my own choice.

A recent Stanford University study involving zebrafish underscored the importance of rest by showing how sleep and the body’s circadian clock affect the number of neuron-to-neuron connections in a particular region of the brain. The findings could help researchers better understand why we need to rest and how, exactly, sleep is restorative. Do I need Stanford or the zebrafish to tell me this? Hasn’t the God who created me given permission, in fact, commanded me to get some rest -and to make a whole day of it?

Perhaps we tired Americans need a new sport competition [see news report below] or maybe we just need to listen to God and make some healthy changes to our lives or maybe we just need to stop complaining for what is the result of our own choices.


wealth and belongings

Augustine of Hippo

“That bread which you keep belongs to the hungry; that coat which you preserve in your wardrobe, to the naked; those shoes which are rotting in your possessions, to the shoeless; that gold which you have hidden in the ground, to the needy. Wherefore, as often as you are able to help others, and refuse, so often did you do them wrong.”


Making a difference

This video features Parkview students who, along with their youth ministry peers and leaders, are taking steps to make a difference in the world. I’m proud of them all.

re: the random-ness

Husband. Father. Senior Pastor of Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn, IL. you've located the place where I put down my random thoughts. The key word here is random: music, sports, art, food, books, news, spiritual musings, weird stories, etc. I'm especially interested in how everyday experiences of life intersect with the ancient stories of Scripture. Thanks for reading.
October 2020

Thoughts gone by

"No problem can withstand the assault of substantial thinking." Voltaire