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In Memoriam: Rev. Rob Coffman

Robert (Rob) Paul Coffman, 78, of Oak Park, died on January 27, 2016 at home where he was in hospice care after a long battle with squamous cell cancer and myasthenia gravis. Rob was a Presbyterian minister and member of Chicago Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. Born in Omaha, Nebraska...

When Service and Death Collide: Transcending Tragedy - A Call for a National Service Memorial

A defining moment of my childhood was the night my father left and returned with tears in his eyes for a closed-door conversation with my mother. No one talked to us kids, but we figured it out (as kids almost always do): my dad had accompanied an army official to let a member of his congregation...

Worshipping A Creative God

Creative. Experimental. Curious. Bold. Inviting. Formative. But … it’s a challenge when the dominate narrative about worship insists over and over again that we Presbyterians are the frozen chosen and that worship is boring — or at the very least predictable. How did we get here? How did we...

Honoring Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr. - Remembering the Prophetic in the Prophet

Photo: "Out of the Mountain of Despair A Stone of Hope" by F Delventhal via Creative Commons. One of my sons recently asked me who the defining public figure in my life has been. I answered him without hesitation: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My response is a common one, but as I reflect on my...