Welcome to my Blog!
I’m new to blogging, so I have much to learn, but I trust God will make good use of it. The blog doesn’t currently have a theme, and may be simply a collection of spiritual reflections. However, many of these reflections will consider topics of race and culture and the Kingdom of God, since I am called to such work.
The blog does have a dedicatory first entry. This blog is dedicated to Kianna, once a young girl I met while serving as a pastor in Michigan, and now wherever God, she herself, and life may have taken her.
Paz, Pastor Dan
Kianna was in third grade. She, her younger brother Cam, and I were spending the summer running around the church parking lot in Jesus’ name (a “blacktop” neighborhood ministry). On some thickly hot days, we found refuge in my air-conditioned church office, which was also a refreshing place to talk about God. “What is baptism? …Continue Reading
The Chicagoland snow finally showed up over the past week. Morning ice, afternoon slush, fresh evening crystals. So it’s a good time to trade the drafts breezing off our windows for memories of a warmer season. I take you to Nebraska in July, somewhere near the Winnebago Reformed Church (pictured), during a church youth service…Continue Reading
I fear talking past my white brothers and sisters. I fear that because most of us, especially here in the south suburbs of Chicago, do not know that we are a group. We insist on individual identity so strongly that there is not room for the collective next to out-sized ego. Can such trees recognize…Continue Reading
This post comes to you after being offered as a meditation at my municipality’s mayoral Christmas prayer breakfast last week. Lansing, IL police and fire, village officials, school leadership, and other public servants shared that breakfast with a collection of area Christians. We met together in one of the associated churches and enjoyed bacon, eggs,…Continue Reading
For too long I assumed the answer was “yes.” To my eyes, the Bible was replete with examples of various forms of tribalism, the dynamics of which can easily teach us about God’s desires for modern-day forms, including racism. There are fights between opposing family lineages (Genesis), Israelites and ancient Egyptians (Exodus), and various tribes…Continue Reading
A few days have passed Prayers and support are rightly offered. Survivors and families are living in a daze, suspended in shock, trying to grieve, but finding the burden too heavy to process or escape. So also the nation. We’ve also spun off, locked and loaded in our own ways, into gun debates. Some will…Continue Reading
The sun stretched through the chill morning air, brushed the rushing waters, and landed on the banks of the Gauley River, West Virginia. There, my cousins Jason and Josh, Uncle Tom, and Dad and I were suiting up for whitewater. Lifejackets clicked and paddles spun as instruction in correct out-of-boat technique mixed with guides’ instructively…Continue Reading