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Civility can go a long way

Last week, I was sitting in my hospital office when I received an e-mailed news release from First Baptist Church of Charleston,...


Grief isn't always black and white

As a hospital chaplain, I sometimes see things that are too heartbreaking to forget. Other times, I witness things that are too...


Bad judgments can create their own bad juju

Some years ago, I adopted a puppy that we named Chewbacca, Chewy for short.


Teachable moments reflect acceptance

Last Thanksgiving, my wife, Becky, challenged her second-grade class to write thank-you notes to those people for whom they were...


Easter offers a chance to reflect on where to look for Jesus

If I were to ask you how you've spent Easter morning, I can think of a variety of ways you might answer that question.


A prayer before dying

Occasionally, patients will ask if they should address me as "pastor." I tell them I'd be honored to be considered their pastor,...


Who searches for the spiritually lost?

As the search continues for the mudslide victims in Oso, Wash., and for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, I can't help but...


Shoeless, unwashed 'hippies' depict the heart of God's love

I spent my high school years in Atascadero, Calif., (that's uh-task-a-DARE-oh) a secluded slice of heaven 15 miles inland and...


God gives strength for trying times

I got an email this week from a woman who introduced herself as "a mom with a husband, three kids, plus three cats and a dog."


Dad's willingness to sacrifice self demonstrates unfathomable love

I was reaching the end of my hospital shift one winter day in 2007 when I decided to make one more round of visits to our...

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