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A day of thanks

“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane It's Superman.” Yes, it's Superman ... strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far…
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Living in the darkness

Recently I received an e-mail reminding me of a summer I spent in Oregon half a century ago. Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1961, I served as a chaplain and cave guide at Oregon Cave National Park. Four or five times a day, seven days a week, during…
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What role is left for religion?

Having left the most creative and inventive century in all of human history and now being a full decade into what has the potential of being a more creative and more inventive century, what role is left for religion in such a “brilliant and self-sufficient” humanity? Now into my seventh…
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Public opinion is wrong as often as it’s right

One of my favorite magazines recently carried a fable about a man and his son who traveled to the marketplace with a donkey.As they started out, the boy rode the donkey and the man walked alongside. Some passersby shook their heads in dismay.“The children of today have no respect for…
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‘It is finished’

Recently I visited some extremely happy friends who had just moved into a new home. They had purchased a lot, selected the style of home they wanted, and then watched the progress of the various craftsmen who transformed the dream of a house into the reality of a home. Periodically,…
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Talk to your children (and parents) about shared financial future

It’s Thanksgiving week. And if you’re fortunate, you can look around your Thanksgiving table and see several generations of your family. Of course, as you know, many types of cohesiveness are involved in knitting a family together. But one connection that frequently gets ignored, at least in terms of family…
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