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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Thursday, December 10th, 2015 10:21:28

The Power of Naming

Last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, which left 14 people dead, was carried out by radical Islamists whose actions shook the nation. Four days later, President Barack Obama sought to reassure the American people in a rare address from the....

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 10:20:50

Let Your Presence Be Your Present This Season

December is often the time of too many events, too many parties, too many obligations, too many gifts and too much family. There are quite a few Decembers in my recent memory where I did too much, slept too little....

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Friday, November 27th, 2015 09:39:05

Your Presence as your Present

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is the season that marks the expectation, the waiting and the preparation for Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth. It also marks the beginning of the church year, when the readings and....

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015 10:17:53

Give More Thanks, and Pass the Mayonnaise

While a few members of my extended family celebrate Thanksgiving as a prelude to the sales that follow Thanksgiving, I think of it as the day before the turkey leftovers. To me, there is nothing better than a leftover turkey....

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