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President's Monthly Reflection

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October 2014 - <i>Thick Souls</i>

October 2014 - Thick Souls

My mother recently reminded me of a conversation between my sister Barbara and me when we were about 5 or 6 years old. Following a funeral, we were discussing how souls get to heaven. Barb suggested that they might get sent in envelopes. According to my mother, I responded quite definitively that this would be impossible since souls were too thick to fit into envelopes.
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September 2014 - <i>The Captain</i>

September 2014 - The Captain

Some loyalties we are born into. (I will always be partial to four seasons.) Some loyalties are part of our history. (I will probably always prefer turning pages to scrolling screens.) Some loyalties we acquire through relationship. That is how I became a New York Yankees fan. It was not mentioned in my marriage vows four years ago ...
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August 2014 - <i>Taken In</i>

August 2014 - Taken In

I returned to the office recently from my vacation in New Brunswick – one of Canada’s eastern provinces and also my childhood home. While the sense of responsibility and the awareness of the outside world never fully departs ...
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July 2014 - <i>The Lord of History</i>

July 2014 - The Lord of History

June 28, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. It took until August 1 for ...
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June 2014 - <i>Looking Deeply</i>

June 2014 - Looking Deeply

So far in my summer reading, I have been reminded twice that part of loving God is desiring to look deeply into the world He has made. Who would think that ...
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May 2014

May 2014

College presidents consider themselves fortunate to have one wise person speaking to their graduates at Commencement. This year at Houghton, we had the good fortune of having two such speakers: ...
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April 2014

One of the small luxuries afforded by cable television is Turner Classic Movies. Who would have guessed that we might one day watch old movies from the comfort of our own living rooms? This past Tuesday, I wandered into the middle of Waterloo Bridge, a 1940 remake of a 1931 film about World War I, starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.
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March 2014

I had occasion to be walking in downtown Philadelphia at rush hour on Ash Wednesday. Working my way in and out of the crowd, I noted the faces marked by the cross of ashes. There were a lot of such faces—more than I expected. And they were so varied—sometimes even surprising.