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Central America visit brings perspective on the privileged life

This past week, my wife and I flew to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to visit my daughter and to bring three suitcases of books...


Blessings on those who suffer, but only when it’s ‘righteous’

Last week, I wrote about the truisms expressed by those who practice a wimpy faith, and I promised that I’d use the this...


Diary of a wimpy faith

If your kids or grandkids have read “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” you probably know that the book’s main...


The Notebook: Prayers from a hospital chapel

As a hospital chaplain, I hear the prayers of patients who are hurting, sick and discouraged. Their private prayers are often so...


A sacred moment when vows were kept

As a minister, I officiate dozens of picturesque weddings with a pageantry of limos, gowns and tuxedos. During these ceremonies,...


Column highlights from 2014

As I sort through my year-end mail, I notice that several of the yuletide well wishes come from my readers. No surprise. I get a...


Holy carols bursting with factual holes

Before you bundle up the family to go Christmas caroling, there's something you should know about those carols. Much of their...



Proof positive that responses from heart, mind prevail over temper

One of my most difficult days in uniform came on Dec. 23, 2005, when I drove to Atwater, Calif., with a chaplain assistant to...


Being thankful for the unimaginable provides food for thought

I often joke that potlucks are among the main reasons I became a minister. And apparently I'm not alone in my culinary reverence...

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