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What Are You Reading?

I’m preparing for a mid-week business trip and have selected “The Return of The Prodigal Son,” by Fr. Henri Nouwen to distract me from the annoyances  of flying commercial. The opening paragraph:   There was a man who had two sons. … Continue reading

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Opening Paragraphs

Opening paragraphs  The devil is one of God’s creatures. We cannot talk about him and about exorcisms without first stating some basic facts about God’s plan for creation. We will not say anything new, but we might present a new … Continue reading

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Well, Do You? (Opening Paragraphs)

Opening Paragraph: Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who made her point but just had to add a few other comments before letting it go? Or listened to a speaker who said,”In closing” about five times before … Continue reading

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Opening Paragrahs

Or in this case, liner notes.    The first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity – climbing, acheiving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin … Continue reading

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Opening Paragraphs

As the sun set at the end of a glorious day in  Michigan’s Great Southwest, I reviewed my bookshelves for something to read this evening. This book  was purchased ten years ago (10/7/2006 to be exact)  at the Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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Opening Paragraphs

5 October 2097 A week from now I leave this sanctuary–my home, my solitude, my consolation. I have almost completed packing, though I remain haunted by a sense of the unreality of what is about to happen. Even so, without … Continue reading

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Who Am I To Argue?

Opening Paragraphs…… In the early days of my career, I was an avid student of anthropology. During my undergraduate and graduate studies in that discipline, I explored ethnographies compiled through the years by various anthropologists. One conclusive finding of these … Continue reading

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