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It’s a simple reality that Joseph and Mary were Jesus’ earthly father and mother. So we can honestly say that God knows what it is like to have parents. And Joseph’s father was Jacob (Matthew 1:15-16). How well Jesus knew his grandparents on either side is conjecture, but it seems reasonable…

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It’s coming to a close for the kids, summer vacation that is, and that always makes me sad for their sake. The freedom, fun and opportunities of summer are quickly dissipating. Yes, it’s different from the summers of the ’50s and ’60s when we spent countless hours playing marbles, looking fo…

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So here’s another reminder that the soul of who we are as a nation, our fundamental conception of ourselves as a people, is on the line in the 2020 election.

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Our vote for president is the most “personal” vote we Americans get to cast. We’re far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues — such as health care costs, immigration or the environment — than we are our presidential choice. In a presidential campaign, we v…

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(Ext. 10 Downing Street, nighttime. The lights of London shine in the late evening. Revelers wander in and out of pubs. Big Ben stretches imperiously against a July sky. Inside No 10, a phone rings.)

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We all have physical bodies and bodies, even those of the world’s best athletes, have limitations. You can run, swim, jump, ski, wrestle, box and dance fast and far, but for only so much, and only for so long.

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Many people mischievously say rules were meant to be broken. Really? If we say it sarcastically or in jest, that statement can be intellectually glossed over, but some say it as justification for ignoring, rebelling or conspiring against whatever rules and laws they don’t agree with, as if t…

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As the election slouches rudely toward the Russian-monitored polling place in your town, there is much to be argued.

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Sometime before my mother died in 1996, I ran across a photograph of her and the family dog, a “wiener dog” Dachshund named Prince.

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Earlier this week I traveled to central Illinois to speak at a memorial service at Eureka College, my dad’s alma mater, on the 15th anniversary of his death.

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Pete is four, and his older brother is turning 16. In Pete’s world, running as fast as you can is good, and in Jude’s world, running as fast as you can is great. You see, Jude is a cross-country guy, and Pete is a cross the living room, through-the-dining-room, into-the bedroom- and back to …

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Each year I write a Thoughts at Large article. This is my third installment in the series, where I share all the thoughts currently circling my brain. Enjoy.

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s my life, I’ll do what I want, my choices are mine to make”?

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If you add all the Americans who take Xanax to all the Americans who drink beer, and all the Americans who use cocaine, and all the Americans who smoke meth, and all the Americans who use heroin, and all the Americans who use prescription pain killers, it’s a wonder anything ever gets done a…

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