President's Monthly Reflection

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June 2017 - The Great Company of Highlanders

Less than a month ago, 269 members of the Class of 2017 left to put their Houghton education to the test in the 'real world.' While in this moment many of the graduates are no doubt feeling the usual pain of any major life transition, I am confident that their Houghton education will stand the test.
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April 2017 - Easter

The Easter drama holds out the startling possibility that, in a world shaped by fear, we can actually live freely and courageously. From start to finish, nearly all the major players in the story are making choices – often choices of self-betrayal – out of fear. The chief priests and the elders were too afraid of the crowds to arrest Jesus in public, so they...
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March 2017 - Not Just by Giving Up

I have been carrying a low-grade unease for the past several days; the Lenten Season is nearly half over and I have not figured out precisely how I want to celebrate it. I have been through giving up ice cream, and chocolate. One year I even tried to give up worrying...
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February 2017 - The Gift of Not Quite Fitting ...

At the annual breakfast for graduating seniors, I tell our soon-to-be graduates that their best gift to the world is the courage not to step into one of the boxes that the world or the church has readily available for them. Their first obligation as Houghton graduates is to dare to not quite fit ...
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January 2017 - Big Anniversaries

2017 is a year of big anniversaries. It has been 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door in Wittenberg, Germany, intending to invite debate about indulgences – and quite unwittingly ...
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December 2016 - Christmas came ...

December 2016 - Christmas came ...

For most of my life, I have been a romantic about Christmas. I don’t mean in the Currier and Ives or Thomas Kinkade sense; I mean in the sense that I always wanted Christmas to be a certain way. I worked at creating the perfect Christmas ...
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November 2016 - Words and Actions

The election is over, but we are most certainly not over the election. The drama continues. While it was Donald Trump who voiced doubts about the legitimacy ...
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October 2016 - The Missing Questions in Higher Education Accountability

It is once again the season of college and university rankings. This exercise must be good for sales, since each year there seem to be more and more such lists. They take into account everything...
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