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Prayer as Self-Surrender
As I have often acknowledged, the foundation of a spiritual
journey is anchored in some kind of discipline.   Too often discipline gets a bad rap, as if it is some kind of
punishment.   For some folks hearing the
word, discipline, conjures up running laps! ...
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Practical Spirituality: Do Good
Sometimes I may not be fair to religion when I separate it
from spirituality.   To me they are quite
related, but are not the same.   I am
certainly not against religion.   After
all, I tell people I teach it!   However,
I also find that I am more at home i...
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Lucky to be Alive
With a title like this one, you might expect this to be a
reflection by someone who has just survived a near-death experience.   It could be one who escaped from a nasty car
accident or a near-miss airplane landing.   Lucky to be alive sounds like the relie...
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Recently I have been doing some background research for a
paper that I have agreed to write.   The
paper offers a comparative look at my favorite monk, Thomas Merton, and the
Quaker perspective on contemplative spirituality.   Certainly, Merton thought and ...
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To Miss a Life
Sometimes all it takes is one sentence.   Sometimes all it takes is one sentence to be
sufficient focus for an entire inspirational reflection.   In fact, some sentences contain so much
richness, it takes more than one meditative setting to begin to digest
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Insight: A Look Within
It was while I was reading a really interesting book that I
had an insight.   The insight itself is
not what I want to give focus.   Instead I
became intrigued by the process of getting an insight.   What happened?   How did the process happen?   Was it a m...
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Leaving Room for Doubt
Although I am not Roman Catholic, I feel like the Pope is in
some sense “my” Pope.   Of course I don’t
think the Pope is my Pope in the same sense as a Catholic must see the Pope as
his or her Pope.   I know quite a bit
about Catholicism and I hang out with...
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Paying Forward
I had not really thought much about it until my friend
mentioned it in his remarks to me and some of my younger student friends.   He is a pretty “big person” in our part of
the world.   He is a name of national
prominence.   I feel fortunate to have a
good...
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Faithful Not Safe
Recently I had the occasion to return to some readings that
I did long ago.   Because of an article I
am writing, I needed to go back to my Quaker roots for some ideas and Quaker
way of putting those ideas.   I returned
to one of my favorite Quakers of last...
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Lucky to be Alive
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Without Preaching the Gospel
Although the title for this inspirational reflection comes
from inside the text of a small article I read online, it was the title of that
online article that lured me into reading.   I routinely read quite a few religious and spiritual websites just so I
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Starving for Wisdom
There are a number of reasons I continue to read new and
disparate things.   As I get older, I
don’t want to become more boring!   That
assumes some of my students now consider me to be boring.   I realize I do not get to decide whether
someone thinks I am ...
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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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