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To the Mountaintop
One of the delightful results of agreeing to do things is
the preparation I have to do in order to make a presentation.   One such fruit of my labor is the reading I
am doing for an upcoming presentation on Martin Luther King Jr.   I have welcomed this chan...
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Finding Peace
One of the things I am convinced is true about spirituality
is that it is not always about sunshine, laughter, and good times.   Anyone who has lived knows that life is not
just sunshine, laughter, and good times.   I suppose many of us might wish that were...
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Pope Picks Lincoln
In September, 2015 Pope Francis addressed the US Congress as
part of his visit to our country.   Since
one in four Americans is a Roman Catholic, interest was quite high and the
curiosity was lively speculating on what the newly minted Pope would tell
Congr...
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Adventure
There are many different metaphors people have used to
describe life.   Within spirituality some
tried and true metaphors have been journey and pilgrimage.   Both metaphors function well to characterize
life as it is lived from womb to tomb.   Of those meta...
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Compassion
In an encounter with a good friend yesterday, I was
confronted with a question.   Simply put,
my friend said, “why don’t you write about compassion?”   “Ok,” I thought.   That should be easy.   I know the Greek and Latin words for
compassion.   I even know ...
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Words Make Worlds
Maybe I should have put the title of this reflection in quotations.  I probably should do that because it is actually a sentence from Krista Tippett’s fairly recent book, Becoming Wise.  Tippett is a great writer and much of what she writes is quite quotabl...
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Sincere Love
Every day I usually do quite a bit of reading.  Most of it is fairly interesting.  At one level, it could be said this is what I do for my job and that would be true.  In an odd way what I do for my job is not unlike what someone who works in a factory does...
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My Pet Lamb
Sometimes I am surprised at what shows up in my mind!   And I suspect you have the same thing happen
to you.   I am not surprised that
occasionally I dream strange and odd things.   Most normal people I know tell me things like, “last night I had the
strang...
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Working in a Foreign Land
Someone who glances at the title of this inspirational piece
might conclude I am writing about some kind of missionary work in Africa or
some other far away country.   It might be
concluded that I have decided to start saving lost souls, like I remember in
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Why Am I Here?
This is a challenging question. But it is not helpful until we have a
context for the question. In other words, where is “here?” Unless we
have that context, we cannot really answer the question, “why am I
here?” And if we do not have a context for t...
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Happy Birthday
Once a year a special day rolls around for everyone.   Once a year folks can celebrate their
birthday.   The only exception is those
people who were born during Leap Year.   But even they get their day once every four years.   Some people can’t wait for the...
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Serendipity
I am attracted to the idea of serendipity.  But I also find it mysterious.  It is one of those things I am confident happens, but at one level I am at a loss to explain it.  In that it resembles the Spirit.  That, too, seems true to me, but I cannot explain...
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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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