So some major updates (building on a previous post which listed TV shows from the 70’s, this update uses TV shows from the 80’s):
“St. Elsewhere” and “Cheers” — The medical drama has finally come to an end. Finally, health care reform. Let’s look at the word “reform.” In essence, it is an attempt to fix what is broken. The health care system was working for some and not working for others. All this unnecessary drama over something that was broken and needed fixing. Let’s have some civility here and stop the name calling. This is not socialism, Marxism, or Fascism, or whatever -ism is your favorite hate-filled word. The best of what government can do is to look out for the well being of all people, not just the privileged few. It won’t always get it right, but I like to see the government at least try. Next: Comprehensive Immigration REFORM.
“CHEERS” (Some intriguing conferences and educational opportunities I hope you’ll be willing to explore because “Making a way in the world today, takes everything you’ve got.”)
4days4justice: April 14-April 17 on the North Park University campus. A smorgasbord of activities that will challenge Christians to examine the topic of Biblical Social Justice. Despite what Glenn Beck says, Social Justice is not a code word for communism (again with the -isms). Meet and interact with Christians from a wide spectrum of experiences and perspectives who are seeking a Biblical Social Justice. Some great speakers and participants will be in attendance, including Carl Ellis, Noel Castellanos, Peter Cha, Richard Twiss, Jonathan Merritt, among many others. See the previous blog entry for more information.
Reload-Chicago (also at North Park University). Co-sponsored with the Urban Youth Workers Institute. See the website for more details.
Micah 6:8 Conference (Coming this summer) – Stay tuned for more information.
Efrem Smith and I are teaching a course in the Fuller Doctorate of Ministry program this summer (June 21-25) called Building Multi-Ethnic Congregations. If you are in the SoCal area, check it out. You do not have to be a DMin Student to take the course. You can take the course as a visiting student for a greatly reduced fee: Check out the Fuller link.
And finally, our family (“married with children”) is taking a “quantum leap” Next year, I’m on sabbatical and will be returning to school. I’ll be in a ThD program at Duke for the duration of the next academic year. Moving to Durham for a year. Let me know if anyone is interested in renting a furnished house in Chicago for a year or if anyone has any leads on housing near Duke next year.