Robert Thompson

Robert V. Thompson was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1973. For the past 28 years he has been the Senior minister at the Lake Street Church in Evanston, Illinois. In the early 1990’s, Bob began to explore the richness of other spiritual traditions, including indigenous and Eastern spiritualities, along with the Christian mystics, and since then, he and his church have become leaders in the evolution of an emerging form of Christianity. He is active in the sphere of social justice, and speaks out on a variety of issues including homelessness, politics, the Christian Right, advocacy and LGBT people. From 1999-2004 he was Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He is the author of A Voluptuous God: A Christian Heretic Speaks (CopperHouse 2007), and a contributor to the book for preachers, Feasting On the Word (Westminster John Knox Press 2009). He is the Chicago Spirituality Examiner and writes weekly articles on spirituality related themes for the website.

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What If Life is But a Dream?

Many of us have had the experience of awaking from a vivid dream or nightmare and being certain that what we dreamed really happened. Then, as we awaken more, we realize we were only dreaming. It didn’t really happen. Or did it? We can have the reverse experience too—dream-like moments happen even though we are awake. One day, while holding my grandson Kai on my lap, I had a waking dream. As if it were yesterday, I remembered sitting on my grandfather’s lap. In a dreamlike way I wondered how I had become the grandfather, and so quickly too. In… Read more.