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Serving God is an endless calling, even with a wounded soul

Recently, I met a patient sitting on the edge of his bed, hunched over his considerable stomach, studying the floor tiles.


Make real changes for you, not me

These days I feel like the circuit-riding preacher of the Old West, riding his horse across the dusty plains to deliver sermons...


John 7:24 helps us to make discerningly helpful judgments

During the past 13 years, I've occasionally used this column to cast a negative spotlight on scoundrels, rascals and scallywags.


A silent presence can carry more than a million caring words

After training to become a hospital chaplain, I quickly discovered that I still had more learning opportunities. Those teaching...


Trash talk should go into the trash can

Like many of you, I maintain a list of favorite things. For instance, my hamburger of choice is the mushroom burger. My preferred...


It's grace, not spelling, that counts in test of life

If you were the student who asked, "Does spelling count on the test?" then you'll probably wish you'd had my wife as a teacher.


Faith will prevail in trying times

If you've picked up this newspaper, you've likely found enough stories to suspect an approaching apocalypse. The reports about a...


What are you praying for?

As a hospital chaplain, I often ask patients, “What are you praying for?” Surprisingly, they don’t always...


The God-sent cameos of our lives

In Hollywood, a "cameo" appearance is a famous actor delivering a significant, but one-time line. In my life, that person was...


The stress of helping the stranded

In the early 1980s, I was the very young pastor of First Baptist Church in Brentwood, Calif.

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