President's Monthly Reflection

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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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September 2016 - God’s Kingdom, the World, and the Houghton Bubble

In our opening chapel, I spoke on the topic, “God’s Kingdom, the World, and the Houghton Bubble.” I wanted to remind our community of three things as we began ...
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July 2016 - With Eyes Fully Open

On June 17th, I went to Charleston to attend services of remembrance for the nine men and women who lost their lives in the shooting at Mother Emanuel Church just a year ago. I was part of the delegation from Civilitas—a coalition of Christians from all walks of life who want to promote understanding, dialogue and, most of all, action ...
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June 2016 - Though the Earth Should Change

The words of Psalm 46 have been much on my mind this morning. “God is our Refuge and strength, a well proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change…. Be still, and know that I am God.” Life never “stops” to give us time to ...
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April 2016 - <i>His Redeeming Work</i>

April 2016 - His Redeeming Work

On the Third Sunday of Easter, the Book of Common Prayer invites us to pray that God will “open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work.” As I read this prayer recently, I found a name for the great gift God had given me the previous week. He had allowed me to see ...
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