Category Archives: Reflections

Four Constructive Questions to Ask Yourself in January

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Did you set goals for yourself at the beginning of 2013?  If so, did you meet them?  What are your resolutions for 2014?  Ho-hum.  Same old questions. Keep reading for four genuinely constructive questions to ask yourself this January. 2013 was a fruitful and enjoyable year in … Continue reading

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Wonderings

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I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle? And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.) … Continue reading

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How to Purposefully Repsond to Accidental Offenses

What is the appropriate response to accidental offenses?  I ask myself this question after reading reactions to the song “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. I do not wish to overlook or diminish the conversation about whether racism is accidental or whether … Continue reading

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Heaven’s Headlines in the Days Before Jesus Died

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If heaven published a newspaper, what would the big stories have been in the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus? And what would Jerusalem’s newspaper have reported during the same week? Publisher’s note: These are the second issues of The Jerusalem Journal and … Continue reading

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Pizza is Wisdom

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Have you had a Chicago style deep dish pizza?  My family’s favorite  is Lou Malnati’s, and it is on the menu every time we have out-of-town guests.  No one has ever been disappointed.  (Very full, but not disappointed.) How do boring old flour, olive … Continue reading

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Reading a Book for the Second Time

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Do you read books more than once?  If so, is there a difference in how you approach a book when you read it for the second time? When I read a book from which I want to learn and retain … Continue reading

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The Year in a File Drawer

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There is nothing but blank carpet under the Christmas tree.  Crumbs rattle in empty cookie tins.  Carefully placed holiday adornments are starting to feel more like clutter than decoration.  Time to put it all away. And while I’m at it, I think … Continue reading

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Oh, Wow!

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Our grandson, Oliver, spoke his first intentional and intelligible words this week.  He’s been vocalizing for a while, and sometimes his utterances sound like words, but we’re never quite sure.  Until now. First Words The other day he said, several times and with clear purpose, … Continue reading

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How do you Find your Future?

“Prayer is not a replacement for action.” This observation was made by my twenty-three year old son, Kenny, who is attempting to find his future.  He is in the process of applying to medical school and, while he waits he is … Continue reading

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Theology Matters

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In a previous post I posed this question: Who cares about theology?   Today I propose that it is reasonable and instructive to examine the theology of our elected leaders.  A leader’s character and motivation spring from that which he or she deeply believes. A relatively recent … Continue reading

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