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A Monstrous Mirage

You are driving along on a bright sunny day and what looks like water appears in the road ahead of you. As you move closer, it disappears, only to reappear in the next dip in the road. But is it water? Of course not. It is a reflection of the midday sky. It is a…
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Spurs Of Surrender

Cenchrus echinatus. This is the scientific name for the scourge otherwise known as a common sand spur. They flourish throughout North America, but if you have never seen one (or if you have never stepped on one), cenchrus echinatus looks like a tiny fossilized porcupine with menacing quills sticking out in all directions. Stepping on…
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Outward Appearances

Over the years I have received my fair share of corrective emails from those who read my syndicated column. I write about faith and you know what they say about religion and politics: Those are the two subjects that will most quickly and easily ruin an otherwise delightful dinner party. But it wasn’t my theology…
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Earning Courage

My teenage son and I had one of those heart-to-heart conversations recently that you cannot plan; it just happened. He is coming of age, and with those steps toward adulthood he has begun to see the world for what it is, both marvelous and dangerous. Or in the words of Frederick Buechner, “Here is the…
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Hearts And Minds

An old friend of mine is an addiction therapist in Boston. He came by his line of work honestly, as an alcoholic. The addiction ran roughshod through his marriage, family, and career until finally his life collapsed. But he used his self-destruction to get sober, obtained a professional counseling credential, and went to work helping…
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