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Confessions of a Spiritual Late Bloomer

Confessions of a Spiritual Late Bloomer

The windows of his second-story office looked out over the quad. We were having what had become one of our regular afternoon philosophical chats. Dr. L- was my mentor. He had taken me under his wing in my first term at college. Any class he offered, I took. Eventually...
What a Veteran Taught Me About Love

What a Veteran Taught Me About Love

A good friend of mine—we’ll call him Jeff—is a highly decorated combat veteran. Jeff has told me about some of his wartime experiences. Sharing these stories is something he does rarely. And he discusses these things with only a small, trusted circle. Jeff watched...
Come and See for Yourself

Come and See for Yourself

Star Wars fans have been mixed in their reception of “The Last Jedi.” My daughter Meredith and I saw it together. We both loved it, each for our own reasons. Among other things, the role of holy texts in the Jedi religion caught my attention. Doing my best to avoid...
Our Stuff and Our Violence

Our Stuff and Our Violence

For the first time in our lives together, my wife Joy and I live in a rural setting. Kincaid Lake and the Kisatchie National Forest flank us on either side. Crime poses less a threat here than some of the wildlife. Signs posted at the nearby trailheads offer...
Where God Finds Us

Where God Finds Us

[Listen to the Audio] Gunshots have been greeting us in the early morning hours of our weekends. The thump, thump and the crack, crack, crack penetrate our shutters before the sunlight can. We’re not hearing gang turf battles or drug deals gone wrong. Duck hunters and...