Urban Current

Being Biblical

Recently I was in a small Illinois town at dinner time.  Noticing a Mexican restaurant, I thought I’d take a chance even though it was in the middle of nowhere.  After a great meal, I […]

Urban Current

Notes from the Streets

The notes on our Sunday Connection Cards are life snapshots of the people who worship at Armitage Baptist. The following appear as written. Pls pray for my nephew recovery from gunshot to the head, on […]

Urban Current

10 Largest Cities … and Who Cares

Tracking urban population can be tricky. Some numbers reference the city proper, others the entire metropolitan area. Also, there is the matter of people who are residing illegally, therefore remaining invisible and uncountable. #10 New […]


The Hispanic Wave

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week observed September 15 and 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (September 15-October 15) of the […]

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Not our lucky day

by Charles Lyons The sin-sellers want to convince us gambling is gaming. A problem: one definition of game is “an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver, a racket, as in ‘gaming the system’” … or, […]

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Everything dies

by Charles Lyons Chicago’s 2017 soaring body count is keeping pace with 2016’s bloody horror. This reminds me of my thoughts some years ago.

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Spiritual warfare in an urbanized world

by Charles Lyons Outside, the broad boulevard fronting our church building was blocked, creating a two-block space for the Red Moon Theatre’s Halloween extravaganza “All Hallows Eve Ritual Celebration.” In the unseasonably warm dusk, people […]

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Son of a sharecropper

by Charles Lyons Years into white people rallying, conferencing, and writing books promoting racial reconciliation, I was invited to be part of a discussion group sponsored by the world’s leading Christian journal. The conversation was […]

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The Sunday after and the days ahead

by Charles Lyons On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. The Sunday after the election, I made the following statement:

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Heaven’s headlines

by Charles Lyons Horrific headlines roiled over Chicago like angry storm clouds this past summer. Murder numbers skyrocketing. Shootings being tallied literally by the minute. August was Chicago’s most violent month in 20 years. As […]