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Here’s where the roving eye of Bob Sitze lands on interesting or important events, trends, discoveries, opinions or research that are part of contemporary life. Sometimes missed in spiritually oriented utterances, the stuff of life consists of all the places where God’s hand stirs, supports or motivates. These blogs may also include links for further information or action.

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Second-shift worker ministry?

A recent edition of Christianity Today features a cover article worth reading—and perhaps considering as part of your personal ministry. The author is Jeff Haanen, CEO of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work. His premise is forceful: Honoring work as a place of ministry can get narrowed down to only one kind of worker, leaving out people whose occupations are difficult at best andMORE...

On this day

History is being written every day, but this date —November 6, 2018—seems especially momentous. From the perspective of my lifespan perch, this thought may be especially true because I am a follower of Christ. Today might be the day when the dismantling of civility reverses itself. This could be the moment in history when hate and anger are repudiated in no uncertain terms. A cultural shift backMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: Coming to the end

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today: Final thoughts. We’re coming down to days now—just a few of them left before Election Day. At this point in this months-long saga, these final thoughts come to mind. About the process and the results. FirstMORE...

Distilled undeservedness

I can still see, and it feels like a miracle! After several years of regular eye injections, my Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has stabilized. Wavy lines no longer obscure my vision, which has returned to 20/20 in both eyes. Another near-miracle: The cost of these procedures is covered by my health insurance. Knowing this about me, you can see why I live with constant feelings ofMORE...

Tipping point(s) ahead?

Lately I have the feeling that the whole society is moving toward one gigantic tipping point and I’m not sure what to think about it. Under the surface of my rational thought is the sense that one small thing will occur—some decision, a little boy noting the emperor’s lack of wearing apparel, a weather event in a faraway place, an unnoticed medical discovery or a news article—and a whole seriesMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: What’s right(eous)?

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today: Discerning what’s right.   The older I get the more I’m aware of “what’s just not right”—a kind of innate sense of what makes no sense because it’s not righteous. Some of that intuitive sense of virtue hasMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: A time to witness

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today: Speaking from faith.    Earlier in my career, I set aside professional church work in order to learn what laypersons experienced as faithful Christians in the world. One of the more important lessons IMORE...

Finding humor

Brian Crane, creator of the syndicated cartoon strip Pickles, has a knack for finding the whimsical side of older adult married life. His two main characters, Earl and Opal Pickles, live in retirement with their eyes trained on what’s humorous about being together for over 50 years. Crane’s characters are able to find what’s quirky and playful about this stage in life. The insights of theirMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: Where’s Jesus?

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today: Finding Christ-like people and actions.   “Where’s Jesus in all of this?” That’s a question that helps me discern what’s righteous, admirable or worthy in life. This has also proved to be a valuableMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: A personal note

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today: Some personal comments.   With about a month to go in this campaign, I thought I would write a bit more about how political volunteering is settling into our bodies and souls. This might be a good time toMORE...

Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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