I walked into the Poetry Foundation in Chicago Tuesday night to hear readings by Dr. Brett Foster and Dayna Clemens, both members of the Wheaton College family. They were featured at this month’s Open Door series, which occurs once a month. Each hour-long reading features two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two… Continue reading A Conversation with the President of the Poetry Foundation
It’s true – women (and men) are being sold for sex, against their will, in your backyard. Did you see people running around with red “X” marks on their hands on Thursday? This represents the “End it Movement,” a conversation started at the 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, about the estimated 27 million slaves… Continue reading Sex Trafficking is Happening in Your Backyard – Let’s END IT!
by Eric Joseph Rubio, guest blogger And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. Where did you hear that recently? My guess is that many people, like me, heard it Sunday night during the second half of Super Bowl XLVII.… Continue reading “So God Made a Farmer:” Broadcasting Legend Paul Harvey Went to My Church in Chicago
High-fives, multi-colored powder, beat-bumping bass, and 15,000 pumped-up runners took center stage in Grant Park at 7:30 a.m. yesterday for Chicago’s first annual Color Run – aka, “The Happiest 5K On the Planet.” I can’t decide if this, or my Down & Dirty 5K in May, was more fun – either way, I ended up… Continue reading Color Run Chicago: A Recap of the Happiest 5K on the Planet
“Should we take 94 or Lake Shore Drive?” “Lake Shore would probably be pretty this time of the morning,” my dad replied. Indeed, it was. Voila, the sunrise on Lake Shore Drive at 6 a.m. this morning – a daily miracle.
I went to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. this past weekend, and it was a blast. Tickets were only $20 online, a severe discount from the typical $60 rate at the gate in regular season – the decrease in price definitely made up for the overcast skies and 48 degree weather we experienced… Continue reading Heroes Today: I choose JESUS!
…make lemonade! …or, as Minneapolis-based hip-hop-group Atmosphere said on their 2008 album, “Paint that S**t Gold.” Forgive the vulgarity, but, it is meant to be an illustration of the many ways people handle adversity in life – in my opinion, it’s always best with optimism, but this weekend will provide a test for me and… Continue reading When life gives you lemons…
Shuree, a Chicago worship leader and Christian pop artist, released a full-length album Friday, called “One G1rl Can Change the World.” It’s an eclectic mix of backbeats and worship – something many Christian artists in the “pop” genre have shied away from. As Grammy-nominated producer “Oh, Hush!,” said in an interview, ‘Christian music is often… Continue reading Shuree Music: One G1rl Can Change the World
Last semester, during a Spanish class I was taking at Northwestern University, my professor brought up the Greek financial crisis. One of my classmates was from Greece, and planned to go back home after the semester to a place where, he claimed, people are “lazy.” The class of 20-something students chuckled, but my professor responded… Continue reading Worship services & 5Ks: Millennials making a difference
<<< Colonel Tribune’s (optimistic) Joke of the Day >>> “How many optimists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?…” I’m a fan of Colonel Tribune for more than his refined style, tasteful jokes and dapper moustache – I love how he characterizes the Tribune (a short bio can be found here). If he weren’t… Continue reading Colonel Tribune’s Optimistic Joke of the Day