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President's Monthly Reflection

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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.
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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.”