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Wild History Repurposed (pt 3): Wilson Abbey Rises as Coffee Shop, Community Center, Theatre

Wild History Repurposed (pt 3): Wilson Abbey Rises as Coffee Shop, Community Center, Theatre

From its inception in 1917 as an auto dealership (Wild History pt 1) to its lengthy misuse as a strip club and gambling joint (Wild History pt 2), Uptown Chicago’s 935 W. Wilson Avenue has been resurrected. Jesus People USA purchased the building in the early 1980s, but as a community of Christians not only serving the poor but living […]

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Wild History (Part 2): JPUSA’s Wilson Abbey now, but was once Uptown’s Vice Palace

Wild History (Part 2): JPUSA’s Wilson Abbey now, but was once Uptown’s Vice Palace

[Before reading part 2, did you read Wild History: Jesus People USA’s Wilson Abbey from Auto Dealership to Strip Club to New Uptown Gem Part 1? Jesus People USA, the intentional Christian community located in Uptown Chicago, has finished a gut rehab of an historic building located just across the street from their 920 W. Wilson headquarters. This is part […]

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A Million Gods on an Elevator: How Going Up Turned Metaphysical

A Million Gods on an Elevator: How Going Up Turned Metaphysical

The 1993 100th Anniversary of the World Parliament of Religions… it would be, said friend and New Religions scholar Elliot Miller, a mix of everything from soup to nuts religiously speaking… The gathering place for thousands of worshipers of millions of gods. And it was right in my home town at the Palmer House in Chicago. I suggested meeting up […]

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The Rising Circle: Thoughts on Love and Obedience

The Rising Circle: Thoughts on Love and Obedience

(A Message by Jon Trott at Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church)   O Lord, remember in David’s favor all the hardships he endured; how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber […]

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Dawn Mortimer, Mentor and Friend – March 27, 2014 (repost)

Dawn Mortimer, Mentor and Friend – March 27, 2014 (repost)

[If *you* have remembrances or condolences you’d like to add, please go to Wilson Station’s Dawn Herrin Memorial Page and offer them.] Due to the rapidity of face book communications and so on, I post this tonight without much polish or time to ponder, just wanting my friends and Jesus People USA’s friends to know about the passing of someone […]

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Dawn Mortimer Memorial Page (reposted)

Dawn Mortimer Memorial Page (reposted)

March 27, 2014 at approximately 6 pm, Ida Dawn Mortimer slipped silently from her husband, family and others of us at Jesus People USA to be with Christ. Dawn was the person many of us viewed as the heart of our community, who through her life exemplified the word “disciple.” This is Dawn’s Wilson Station memorial page. Please feel free […]

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Happy Birthday MLK: His 1967 Chicago Sermon “Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool”

Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15 (today), seems a fine time to offer up a lesser-known sermon he gave at the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church August 27 1967. Entitled “Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool,” it still has a shocking resonance today. Perhaps it isn’t as polished, as memorable in some ways, as “I Have a Dream” or […]

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Uptown Shootings of 5: Area Churches’ Prayer Vigil and JPUSA Members’ Reflections

Uptown Shootings of 5: Area Churches’ Prayer Vigil and JPUSA Members’ Reflections

In the Aftermath of Uptown Shootings of 5, Area Churches Including JPUSA Gather for Prayer Vigil Jon Trott Tom Wray, our ever-patient and reliable Jesus People USA photographer (and member, along with his wife Teresa) offers these images of our neighborhood’s prayer vigil (click to enlarge if they don’t do so automatically): As I reported in Wilson-Sheridan Shootings Half a […]

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Theologian Rush Limbaugh: Belief in God Means “You Cannot Believe in Manmade Global Warming.” by Jon Trott

I know…. here we go again, taking the bait from Mr. Limbaugh and ensuring that his nonsense (and thus his brand) stays highly visible. That formula has worked well for him in the past and will continue to work for him in the future. So why do I do it anyway? Because: Rush Limbaugh is one of the world’s most […]

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Zimmerman Verdict: Bitterness and the Death of Hope

Zimmerman Verdict: Bitterness and the Death of Hope

“You can’t make me do nothing but die!” ― Richard Wright, Native Son Perhaps I have no right to say what I’m thinking tonight — there’s no room for so-called “objectivity” in the midst of this tsunami of emotions — but I will say it anyway. Racism in all its power to distort justice has once again won a victory. […]

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