The Fabric of Our Community

Deacon Rob Lewis tells us about our new Ordinary Time banner project.   “Floating.” That’s the word we’ve been hearing lately.  People are saying, “I feel like I’m floating.” Adrift. Untethered. That describes many in our church right now.  We need an anchor, a center of gravity to ground us. For All Souls this has […]

The Earnestness of All Souls

All Souls exists to ground its people in the gospel and send them out. The “glorious gospel of the blessed God” (1 Tim 1:11) is the essence of our preaching and teaching, our life together and our life apart. For some, this rhythm is a continual and weekly gathering and going. For others it is […]

Shelter-in-Place at Hawthorne House

Sara  Zimmerman is a houseparent (along with her husband Doug) at Hawthorne House, a transitional housing program in Wheaton for homeless young women. Sara reflects on the significance of Shelter and Place for her family and the women at Hawthorne House.   Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1) Living in community has never been […]

The Holistic Gospel

Galen Dalrymple writes about his work with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) If you’ve been on a mission trip, you probably came home challenged, rewarded, humbled, overwhelmed, and captivated by the experience. Short term trips increase our awareness of life around the world, the plight of fellow humans and the challenges they face. What we see […]

COVID19: A PCP’s perspective

Katie reminds us of what we hold high – the selflessness of doctors and nurses who do their jobs because it’s their calling. They tell us what a vocation is, and how it is a spiritual event. COVID19 is here. As a primary care doctor, I’ve been following the SARS-CoV2 virus story somewhat obsessively for […]

Pay It Forward (MLA 3)

Rob Lewis tells of one person who paid goodness forward in a donut shop. On the day the governor of Illinois issued the Corona induced shelter in place order, I met at Dunkin Donuts with someone struggling to make ends meet. He ordered coffee, and I suggested he get a half dozen donuts for his […]

Choose Life (MLA 2)

Monica Hupp shares with us how she chooses life even in the darkest times. During these uncertain times as the COVID-19 is ravaging the world I’ve asked myself three questions.  Will I let this ravage my mind, will, and emotions and let it feast on my peace of mind? Will I sink so low in […]

Mission as Love in Action

There is nothing like a crisis to bring out the best and the worst in people. In the extremities of life we find out who we are. We are hearing and reading many stories of heroism and egotism in this time of pandemic. “Every society tells stories,” writes Jonathan Haidt, “and those stories involve good […]

Deeper Into the Story

Rob Lewis shares the rest of the story…read to the end! Stepping into God’s Story The Bible is the story of Jesus, God become man, by which the catastrophe and mortifying shame of the human condition becomes the means by which we become living human beings – the glory of God. “Liberty is the chief […]