President's Monthly Reflection

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July 2015 - <i>A Counter-Cultural Virtue</i>

July 2015 - A Counter-Cultural Virtue

Recently, I nearly missed an important opportunity to be grateful. Over the July 4th weekend, I spoke at Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. I had worked at the camp from 1976 to 1980 when it was known as Camp Cherith but stopped going when graduate school began to take up my summers. I had not been back in nearly 35 years ...
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June 2015 - <i>To Struggle Against Ourselves</i>

June 2015 - To Struggle Against Ourselves

As you put together your list of summer reading, I would highly recommend David Brooks’ newest book, The Road to Character. It is accessible and organized into self-contained chapters, so you can conveniently intersperse your reading with the various windows of leisure time that your summer allows. It is also deeply nourishing ...
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May 2015 - <i>Always Christmas</i>

May 2015 - Always Christmas

Thanks to the Class of 2015, Houghton College now has a perpetual Christmas tree. The tree will serve to symbolize many things in our community. As one speaker reminded us at the dedication, we will never again be able to say of Houghton what was said of Narnia ...
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April 2015 - <i>Trouble and Joy</i>

April 2015 - Trouble and Joy

“When I’m in trouble with a painting, I know there is something to be learned. In fact, I sometimes actually enjoy getting myself into trouble for that reason.” This statement came in the course of a casual conversation with alumnus artist Ben Frank Moss as he ...
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March 2015 - <i>A Privilege and Responsibility</i>

March 2015 - A Privilege and Responsibility

I came to the United States as a “landed immigrant” on June 25th, 1966. After living in this country for nearly 49 years as a “resident alien,” I finally became an American citizen on February 19th of this year. As with many of life’s decisions, the meaning and implications have become larger than I had imagined ...
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February 2015 - Worth It All

Last week, Paul and I braved blinding snow and slippery roads to join the 2015 Class of Wesley Service Corps for their monthly dinner meeting in downtown Buffalo. (Wesley Service Corps is our formal partnership with Western New York AmeriCorps ...
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January 2015 - <i>Becoming New</i>

January 2015 - Becoming New

For many people, the "newness" of 2015 is already over. It happened as soon as the first New Year's resolution was broken—if there were resolutions in the first place! Newness is a fairly thin concept in our culture at large.
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November 2014 - <i>The Community of Saints</i>

November 2014 - The Community of Saints

November begins with All Saints’ Day. As I get older, I am much more interested in celebrating this often neglected holiday of the church calendar than the more popular eve of All Saints’ Day that our culture knows as Halloween. Maybe it is simply that I am not as interested in dressing up as ...
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