Back home from Cairo–the town that’s closer to New Orleans than it is to Chicago, and I’m not just talking about geography. Four years ago, the Church of the Redeemer was all but dead. Today’s attendance was 44. We baptized a family of four, confirmed two and received two. Delicious potluck meal (best chicken and dumplings ever) in the parish hall afterward. Redeemer is now a growing, multi-ethnic community that is modeling the sort of racial reconciliation that Cairo has so sorely needed. Yes, Christ is risen. Cairo is, of course, the longest jaunt on my circuit. We pulled away just before 12:30 and arrived home just past 4:30.