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President's Monthly Reflection

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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.
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February 2014

I recently had occasion to thumb through my dog-eared copy of Blaise Pascal’s Pensées. Since I first encountered the Pensées over 40 years ago in Western Civilization at Houghton, I must keep this book at close range among a few select books.
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January 2014

Last November, I visited the battlefield at Gettysburg for the first time. During the orientation film, I was sitting in front of a young family. Every time the screen flashed an image of a person, the little boy eagerly asked his mother, “Is he good?” or “Is he bad?” The boy’s simple categories did not easily match the complexities ...
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November 2013

If you honor the church calendar, you know that last Sunday was the 32nd Sunday in “Ordinary Time.” We are just about to leave this season of “Ordinary Time” and enter the Season of Advent. I always look forward to Advent, but this week I have been thinking about the notion of “Ordinary Time.”
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October 2013

Who would suspect that a small town on Route 19 — a town without a single traffic light or a shopping mall — could be a crossroads of God’s global activity? Yet that is just what we are privileged to witness year in and year out here in Houghton.
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September 2013

This is the season of “academic ratings” — the Academy Awards of higher education as it were. College presidents across the country will watch for their updated position in the latest U.S. News ranking — sometimes because they truly care about it, sometimes just because they know ...
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August 2013

I usually find myself on the “high church” or “traditional” side of the worship wars, especially on a college campus. Some of this is age no doubt. It is also an outgrowth of my convictions about the role of worship in the life of Houghton College