My friends and I used to crouch beside my dad’s giant Wharfedale speakers, ears poised to catch every nuance of the music. Compared to our transistor radios, those speakers were like being on stage. That’s why I remember hearing Johnny Cash perform San Quentin live, right there at the prison. The song was a diatribe, and the […]
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Fishing in all weather
There are days I wouldn’t fish off the wall. Though pleasant — blue skies, great views, no crowds — there’s danger afoot. Spring hasn’t sprung, and the water is frigid. Mid-thirties frigid. Which is why we marveled at a rain-slickered man, working his lines, all by himself. It was unsettling. One absent-minded move and all could […]
What it’s like to walk in the Spirit.
When you walk Chicago’s lakefront trail you’re always dodging things. Bikers, beachgoers, volleyballs, dog-walkers, neighborhood picnics — it’s an obstacle course. There’s no danger to it, but you keep your eyes open. That’s why, late last summer, two runners caught our attention. They were tied together at the wrists. The path was packed. There were […]
In or of?
We live in the city, up on the 20th floor of an apartment building. We come and go via fobs and elevators and a parking garage where you stand in line for someone to fetch your car. If you go for a walk, it takes five minutes to get outside, and your stroll is in company […]
Discipleship: Five Guiding Themes
If you cut me off in traffic, it will irk me — unless I know you’re rushing to the hospital. And, if you live next door, we’ll keep quiet at night so we don’t wake you — unless your apartment is on fire. Then we’ll be shouting and pounding on your door. What we understand […]