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Compassion is a mission-critical part of faith

If you're in the Air Force, there is one name you never want to be called: "Airman Snuffy." It's a pejorative term that military...



Pre-planning can benefit everyone

Last year, a psychologist, a social worker and a doctor accompanied me into the hospital room of an 84-year-old Korean War Vet...


Blessings can benefit more than the one who receives them

Ten years ago, while serving as a pediatric chaplain at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., I answered a phone call from...


Prayers: Buy one, get one free

If you ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you that I love "Buy One, Get One" coupons, known as BOGOs. But last week was the...


Making readers mad, sad and glad

During the sizzling summer weeks, many of you responded to the hot topics in this column with a wide range of emotions. In fact,...


A visit to the epicenter of the immigration debate

Next month, I send my firstborn, Sara, into the epicenter of the current immigration crisis. It's a place so fraught with danger...



Listening is the best way to help others unravel life's complications

In the summer of 2007, I took a break from the usual cafeteria food to meet a colleague at a restaurant two blocks from the...


Crossing the border into hyperbole

My wife and I were vacationing in Niagara Falls, Canada, last week when I took a six-mile run through the pouring rain to the New...

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