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Thursday, February 18th, 2016 10:28:40

Lenten Reflection

Lent began last week on February 10. In the Christian tradition, the Lenten period is a time of fasting and prayer, preparation and reflection in anticipation of Easter, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016 10:28:04

The Middle Sprint

The long-awaited, first-in-the-nation caucus (Iowa) and primary (New Hampshire) are over. There have been a few surprises -- Donald Trump did not win Iowa, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in New Hampshire, and outperformed her....

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 10:27:39

The Race is On

This week's much anticipated Iowa Caucus marked the start of the presidential nomination process for both the Democratic and Republican parties. It was quite an event. The turnout on the Republican side was 50 percent higher than usual, and the....

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Thursday, January 28th, 2016 10:26:52

Caucus Away

This Monday, Iowa will kick off the 2016 presidential primary process. Iowans closely guard their station as residents of the first state in the union to voice their choice for the presidential nominee for the Republican and Democratic parties.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 10:26:24

The Appeal of Trump’s Authoritarian Streak

No one, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, could have predicted six months ago that the billionaire real estate magnate would be sitting atop the Republican presidential nomination field less than two weeks before the first caucus in Iowa.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016 10:25:42

Ideas, Inclusion and Inspiration

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing. This was apparent this past Tuesday night. The person sitting on President Barack Obama's left during....

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Thursday, January 7th, 2016 10:24:15

Deflection, Distraction, Refocus

We've all had it happen to us. When an unpleasant issue (involving a child, co-worker, employee or whoever) needs confrontation and resolution, the other party attempts to distract us and refocus our attention elsewhere. Don't look over there! Look over....

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015 10:23:35

Joys to Come

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred -- renewing me spiritually and reminding me that the gift of salvation is due to God's grace -- not anything that....

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015 10:22:51

God’s Grace and Love

Memories fill our Christmas tree. It stands in our living room, filled with white lights and ornaments. Our ornaments reflect the life of our family: varied and interesting, some old, some new, some precious and some ordinary.

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015 10:22:04

This Season, Spread the Joy

One Christmas season when I was in elementary school, during the long, lean years when my father was running for U.S. Congress (he lost twice before winning), my family's Christmas tree was the castoff from the local middle school. My....

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