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The Importance of Interviewing
It may seem odd to be talking about interviewing in a
spiritual reflection.   I never thought
about it until recently when I was asked to interview some students for a
special program.   It is funny that I
never thought about this before, since I have inter...
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The Beginning of Day
I enjoy reading a range of things because of what they can
teach me.   Even though I feel like I
already know quite a bit about what I am reading, many times I am offered a new
angle or perspective to understand something.   Recently I was reading a blog on...
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Encounters at the Well
Recently I had reason to engage a biblical text that I have
not read for a while.   It is a very
familiar story to me, so I was glad to hear it again. The story comes from
John’s Gospel and it narrates an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman
at a w...
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Making Music
So often I have talked about returning to the basics.  That is always a good idea for sports.  When a golfer goes through a tough stretch,
it is important to go back to the basics. 
That usually means going back to the fundamentals of the game.  When things...
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Spiritual Medicine
I saw the title of a recent blog and knew I immediately
would read it.  The title made a simple
statement: “Doctors Fail to Address Patient’s Spiritual Needs.”  I suspected that was the case, but it is not
a conversation I ever had with any physicians. 
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Walkways and Pathways
Often I am inspired to write one of these reflections by an
experience I would never guess could become spiritual.   This happened recently when I was in a large
east coast city.   Since I grew up on an
Indiana farm, visiting a city continues to be an eye-o...
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Eye of the Soul
I recently read an interesting article.   Part of the interest was how much my own
experience overlapped with the author, Joni Woelfel.   Although she has written a few books, I have
never heard of Woelfel.   Now she is
someone I want to meet and get to kno...
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Precariat: New and Troubling Word
I was reading a favorite periodical when I spotted the
headline with a word that I don’t think I had ever seen.   The headline read: “The ‘Precariat:’ stressed
out, insecure, alienated and angry.”   I’m
not sure I had ever seen “precariat.”   I
could guess ...
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Finite Resource
I had occasion recently to speak to our soccer teams.   On my campus the women and men’s soccer teams
do much together.   I actually think that
is a good idea.   I believe it builds into
their programs a brother-sister dynamic.   Each team has a cadre of ot...
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Relationships are Key
Part of what I always loved about teaching on a college campus is the beginnings. I really enjoyed those days before the beginning of a new semester in the Fall when students began drifting back to campus. Usually the athletes descended in their respectiv...
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Love: The Ground of our Being
I have never met anyone who prefers the lack of love instead
of love.   I agree with many writers in
multiple spiritual traditions that humans want to love and to be loved.   I conclude that is a basic human desire.   I am sure we could point to the occasio...
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Spirituality in Odd Places
It is commonplace for people to think of churches,
synagogues and mosques when you talk about religion.   Everyone would say that those are not the
only places where religion can happen, yet most of us associate religion with those
kinds of venues.   I thin...
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Baldwin Wallace University Professor of Religion and Chair in Faith & Life, Center for Innovation & Growth. Author, retreat leader and public speaker.

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