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A More Excellent Way

Americans have become addicted to binary thinking, and it is destroying the fabric of our society. The tendency in America today is to see every issue as black or white, as right or wrong. It is the temptation to view every person as an enemy or an ally. This binary thinking is challenging the capacity […]

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Detained

There is a narrow bridge – a very narrow bridge – on the farm-to-market road I take to Siete Ranch these days. Earlier in the year, the county decided to widen the bridge, and I was thrilled about that. But the work has moved forward at a snail’s pace, and that is stating the matter […]

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Renewing the Vision

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence) Thus, the remarkable vision of our Founders, all of whom were flawed human beings. We can be […]

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Our Children

I just returned to my office from the 9 a.m. start of our Vacation Bible School. There is nothing like starting your day with 500 kids singing, dancing, and shouting in unison, “God is Good!” Being around children is contagious and, at its best, life-changing. Just ask any young parent. But you don’t have to […]

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Neighbors

Have you noticed that there are two kinds of people? There are those who wave and those who don’t. I have observed this quite a bit while navigating the alleys in our neighborhood. It seems to me that the natural thing to do when you find yourself in one of those awkward alley moments (you […]

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Ditch the GPS

There was an article in last week’s Washington Post titled, “Ditch the GPS. It’s ruining your brain.” The journalist who wrote the piece, M. R. O’Connor, quoted various experts and scientific studies, the details of which are too numerous to list here. But the main point of the article might be summarized by this statement: “…neuroscientists can […]

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Character

On June 5, 1944, as General Dwight Eisenhower prepared to launch the D-Day invasion, he considered the possibility that the allied soldiers would meet defeat on the beaches of Normandy, and so he penned an informal note that he hoped would never be needed. He placed it in his wallet, and it was later preserved […]

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The Love We Hold Back

Steven Spielburg’s 1989 movie ALWAYS is about a risk-taking aerial firefighter, played by Richard Dreyfuss, whose plane explodes after his heroic rescue of another pilot. He is mourned by the love of his life, played by Holly Hunter, but he is gifted with the ability to still speak to her and others he left behind. […]

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Why We Do What We Do

Several months ago, the desperate principal of a local elementary school called the director of our School on Sunday tutoring/mentoring program with an urgent request. She had a fourth grader that was two years behind academically. Both parents had been incarcerated for drug violations, and the remedial work the school was providing was not enough […]

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Waiting

There is an often-overlooked scripture that recounts the final instructions of Jesus to the disciples before he ascends to heaven. Luke tells the story both in the final chapter of Luke and in the first chapter of Acts: “While he was in their company, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. ‘You must wait,’ he […]

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