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Grieving parents reject pat answers

Christian Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday. The 40-day season is a time in which Christians will sacrifice something...


Sad job or highest honor?

As a part-time hospice chaplain, I often get unnecessary sympathy from friends and acquaintances.


Where do you live? vs. How do you live?

In my job as a hospice chaplain, I crisscross nearly 1,000 square miles of Sacramento County to visit terminal patients in their...


Praying for a two-for-one deal

When I was a pastor, I dreaded trying to enlist volunteers for church projects. It’s not that I was afraid of getting a...


Questions asked, but not always answered

Recently, I bought a 24-foot motorhome from a dealer specializing in the “gently used.” Before we drove it off the...


It’s a sin to think you’re incapable of sinning

If you’re driving during the holidays, I caution you to be careful out there. The roads aren’t just filled with...


Truths I remember from 2015

Since this column is syndicated in almost 40 papers nationwide, I don’t always know which day your local paper runs my...


Assessing eight degrees of charity

It’ll be a sad Christmas for Paul Smith’s College in New York, as they won’t be receiving the $20 million...


Hateful words can be deadly

In the wake of recent violence, many people are offering legal solutions that run the gamut from gun safety to immigration...


Insider finds the upside in downsizing

Last month, I was speaking in Elmira, N.Y., when a reader posed the question I’ve been continually asked since July when I...

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