Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Day 40 For the Win

40min 4min run/1min walk 3.06 miles Learn more by clicking here!

Today was absolutely perfect weather! Amazing blue skies and mild temps to inspire us. We had to run back to back days due to missing Wednesday. But we beat our previous distances at each time marker. That felt great! Help get me to the finish line of the Chicago Marathon with your donation to Team World Vision: Donate now!

This weekend will be a little different as we Bike the Drive on Chicago’s Lakefront with a few thousand of our closest friends. It’s a 28 mile trip up and down a car-free Lake Shore Drive. It will be a fun family event that also raises funds for the Chicago Active Transportation Alliance, making Chicagoland more walk and bike friendly. 

We will be thinking of those who have gone on before us (including our moms) and those who have given their lives so others could be free. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

Day 39 Just Fine…

40 min 4min run/1min walk 3.0mi Click here to learn more!

What a perfect afternoon. We gave it our all today. The weather and our schedule kept us from running yesterday so it had been a few days. We equalled our distance from Monday so not bad. Feeling stronger and bouncing back after runs a little faster. Afterwards, I was able to enjoy a church kid’s baseball game and hang out with the family with good energy. I came home and my wife had mowed the lawn! Looks like a carpet so she was doing fine, too. We’re getting there. Thanks to all who have sponsored me. But I still need your help to make it to the finish line: you can make a difference: Click here to learn more!

The Pew Religious Landscape Report: Complications and Questions


Interesting nuanced initial interpretation of the Pew study. This study will provide part of the foundation for a class I’ll team teach with a friend next Spring.

Originally posted on Sociological Reflections:

Last Tuesday, the good folks at the Pew Research Center released their report on America’s Religious Landscape. Predictably, the internet went crazy. Some argued that the growth in the nonaffiliated marked the end of Christianity. Others argued that this was actually good news for evangelicals because they didn’t suffer losses are great as other religious groups. Still others used the data to continue the never-ending saga of “mainline hemorrhage”.

I watched all this from a bit of a remove because it was finals week and I had a pile of grading. But I submitted grades for my last class this morning, which freed me to explore these questions for myself. I don’t have access to the 2014 Pew data (if someone wants to give me access, I’d be thrilled!), so I played around with the 2007 Pew Religious Landscape data to test some assumptions.

What I’ve explored below are the…

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Day 37 Walka, Walka, Walka

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30min 1.81 mi walk 

Hey what could be better than a 30 min walk with your wife? The off-days are meant for walking so a walking we did go. I started a new allergy med today and wow have I been sluggish today. Good news is I haven’t been sneezing! The sun came out as it almost always has for us on this journey. Another crisp and beautiful evening. There’s still time for you to become a sponsor of this marathon adventure. $50 (clean water for one person) for each mile is my goal. Water. Hope. Life. 

Day 36 Cool, Man

40 min 3mi 4min run/1min walk

First time over three miles on a Monday! Well it was late in the day so our energy was a little low but it was nice and cool so we were able to finish just fine. No records set but a good workout and steady as she goes. Soon these runs will get longer.  For now they are very doable for anyone in good basic health. Ellen and I enjoy the chance to talk, catch up on the day and encourage each other. It also feels good to know we have a higher purpose. If you would like to partner with World Vision, we still need more sponsors so click below!:

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Day 33 Hot, hot, hot

51:18, 3.77 miles 4min run, 1min walk

Our longest run yet in both time and distance was made more challenging by the sun and heat. We had a very strong start but the heat slowed down the last couple intervals. Most importantly our training progressed. Tomorrow we take a break from our regular training to do the Autism Speaks walk for Autism at Soldier Field. 

Thank you to all my sponsors! If you would like to sponsor my marathon run for clean water click below:

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Day 31 Improvement

35min 2.69mi 13:00 pace 4:00run/1:00walk

Hey we did it! Colder weather and a little fatigue made us less eager today. Then we had cold conditions in one direction and hot facing the other. So it felt like we were doing terrible. But we actually improved our time today! I had to literally picture someone getting clean water to run the last interval, but it worked. I’m doing the best I can. If you want to help bring water, hope and life to someone in need, partner with me at

Day 30 Walk On…

Week 5 30:01 1.96 miles walk. 

Nice brisk walk in the late evening. Crisp spring air and a beautiful dusk sky. What could be better? My journey toward the marathon continues. Thanks for your support and prayers. Water. Hope. Life.

Day 29 Solid

35 min 2.67 miles 4 min run/1 min walk 13:06 pace

Today was windy and rainy but we persevered. The need for clean drinking water doesn’t wait for the weather to break. Today tested our endurance as the running intervals were longer by a full minute and the conditions were challenging. It felt great to complete the workout as designed. Thanks for your support! If you haven’t already, please consider a $50 donation to help me reach my goal of clean water for one person for each of the 26 full miles of the Chicago Marathon. Click here:

Day 27 Progress!

45min 3.43 miles 3min run/1min walk

Today was a big improvement. Cooler weather and running with a friend (my lovely wife!) made all the difference. Longest outdoor run so far. On days like this we get excited about reaching our goal of running 26.2 miles in the Chicago marathon some 150 days from now. I’m seeking to raise $50/mile. That’s clean water for one person for each full mile of the marathon. I’m excited to be partnering with my sponsors and with Team World Vision. Will you join my effort?


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