President's Monthly Reflection

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November 2017 - Practicing Gratitude

November is sandwiched between the two holidays of All Saints’ Day and Thanksgiving. Ironically, for the Christian at least, All Saints’ Day is eclipsed in our culture by Halloween (as if Christmas Eve were more important than Christmas Day) and Thanksgiving is a holiday first created not by the church calendar but by our government.
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October 2017 - On Staying with “Just the Gospel”

I am quite familiar with the response of some students to a chapel speaker at Houghton advocating on justice issues of any sort – for women, for ethnic minorities, for the environment. “I don’t want politics in chapel. Can’t we just preach the Gospel?”
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September 2017 - A Place of Impact

Since the days of our founder, Houghton College presidents have touted Houghton as a place of impact - where students are transformed to go out and transform the world. This week, I had two tangible examples confirming that what we claim actually comes true!
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August 2017 - Gathering Stores of Memorable Moments

Where has the summer gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was facing a blank sheet of paper, divided into twelve boxes representing the weeks between graduation and the opening of school. I was matching the boxes to the various tasks I hoped to accomplish – and there seemed plenty of time for everything.
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July 2017 - Daring to Dream

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, I saw the meaning of a Houghton education lived out in ways that a four-color admissions flyer or one-minute video could never capture. I wanted to summon every aspiring Houghton student to join us on the lawn behind the campus center to get a vision of what their college experience could be.
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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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