A Few Random Thoughts

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Man, I love my job!!! Over the past ten years Carrie and I have had the privilege of creating and leading The Well, a Faith Community, or church if you will, in the western suburbs of Chicago. Being a founder and planter, you kind of do everything. In the early days we were the set […]

It’s the Only Constant!

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Have you ever heard the saying, “The only constant in life is change?”  The older I get (I said older: I am 40,  I am NOT old), the more true this saying seems to be, and I am confident that this is as it should be. That it is good, right, and natural. When I think about this, […]

Saturday Nights (LIVE)

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Prior to The Well leaving the Randall 15 IMAX theater, we kicked around several ideas for reaching more people as a faith community. Being limited by space and time, we considered additional venues for some kind of non-traditional worship experience, thus birthing the idea of the pub service. The idea was to find a local […]

I heard a speech today…

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

I am in a strange place. A good friend and co-worker of mine sent me a video today. It’s an excerpt from a commencement speech given in 2005 by author David Foster Wallace to the graduating class of Kenyon College. The speech and corresponding video are striking, rich, brilliant, important, and personally meaningful. I am […]

Why my world view…?

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

During the last month we’ve delved deep in our series Theory, looking at many of the serious theological and philosophical questions facing our faith.  At best, these topics can be difficult. Mostly, however, they wander into controversial or contemptuous grounds. Why?  Why is it so hard for us to deal with the ideas and conclusions of our […]

It’s the same old story…

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

A few years ago, I had to opportunity to meet a man who was…on the edge.  He had a long string of bad choices and self-destructive behaviors in his wake and now he was in real trouble.  As he sat in my office, he said he wanted to change.  He was convinced this time would […]

It’s All Up From Here

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Well it’s been awhile since I had a chance to capture some of my thoughts.  Sorry for being away so long but I have a ton of good news! Taylor, my oldest daughter, who has a very serious liver disease is doing much better!  They have started the process of lowering her steroids and within […]