Welcome to my Blog!
This blog doesn’t have a theme, but includes spiritual and Biblical reflections about people, Bible passages, and often 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.
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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
One of the funny things I’ve noticed about our suburb, Lansing, IL, is the noise. It’s not just the rumble-thrum of I-80 one mile north of my house, nor even the monthly summer “cruise nights” that bring classic cars with classic mufflers to line Ridge Road, it’s that people in my burb like to make…Continue Reading
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV) In this most famous of Biblical chapters, often confusingly used in celebrations of romantic love…Continue Reading
Luke 5:15-16 “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” This past week, I went away to the California coast to be quiet for a while. I’ve…Continue Reading
Good Friday and Easter have come and gone. The disciples, their world rocked, found normalcy in just fishing for fish for a night. Our own high-emotion worship services, pageants, and celebrations with family and family in Christ have passed. Even if our worlds were rocked, normalcy has its own gravity, and it is constant work…Continue Reading
Easter 2018 is April 1. April Fools’ Day in the United States. For those of us who delight in practical jokes, we feel the irony of celebrating the event we most need to be deadly serious on a day noted for dubious tricks and traps. To set the resurrection of Christ alongside impishness seems a…Continue Reading
Last September, Lieutenant General Jay Silveria (pictured), superintendent of the Air Force Academy, gave a timely and crystal-clear speech in response to a racist incident at the school: “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect – get out.” You may have the seen viral video, but you might have missed his follow-up editorial…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