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Dangerous, Beautiful Creatures

Dangerous, Beautiful Creatures

Raptors captivate me. Growing up, if I did see one, it was cruising what seemed like a mile high, and might as well have been a turkey vulture. I don’t know what started to change in my mid-twenties—that is, whether it was the raptor population which bloomed or my...

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I Was Wrong About Formal Education

I Was Wrong About Formal Education

In the late 1980s I quit my Master of Divinity program partially because of the seminary’s intolerance of conservative views and partially because I didn’t believe I really needed it. In church, I had already been pastoring in a full-time context for a couple of...

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They Matter

They Matter

In the first religion class of my first semester at the Texas college for Baptists, my professor told us that Paul made the same mistake as everyone else in his day by claiming Adam was a real man in Romans 5:12. I ended up majoring in English. A half-dozen years...

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Be a Christian This Week

Be a Christian This Week

When I first became VP for Academic Affairs at Criswell College, I made a little list of priorities, first of which was: “Promote a Christian workplace and learning environment.” You would think such a specific reminder would be unnecessary in a college for...

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The Least Among Us May Be the Greatest

The Least Among Us May Be the Greatest

When the rain finally relented after a wet spell not too long ago, I spent a late night trying to get a good picture of Saturn. I didn’t. Instead I got an image slightly distorted and softened by atmospheric turbulence and my own processing imperfections. While...

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Analogy Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Analogy Is in the Eye of the Beholder

About 30 years ago a young adult in the church I pastored commented to some friends that I could be the brother of… (It was obvious the sentence would conclude with a celebrity reference, so I thought, “well, I part my hair like him, and we’re about the same age, so...

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