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May 21, 2019

Learning Trust. And Earning It.

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Recently our daughter Michelle, who lives at Durham House and is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Duke University, let me be part of one of her days, and sent me – probably in a weak moment – the reflection write-up she had turned...

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February 21, 2019

Mission Abroad Is Not about Fixing Problems

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For most of our students, it was the first time out of their home country, and for all of them it was the first time in a developing country. While this is accepted terminology, I take issue with calling Guatemala a developing country, as it has its...

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December 20, 2018

The Universe Sings: A Christmas Cantata

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I’m not sure it’s traditional to read Genesis as Christmas preparation, but this evening I paged to the front of my Bible and found what I was looking for in the first chapter of Genesis. It sounds so simple. For God, a mere commandment brought...

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November 21, 2018

Write Me As One That Loves His Fellow Men

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Recently it has been kind of dense in my head, trying to make sense – has anyone? – of the spate of violence that has beset our country. My parents were immigrant Jews, dead now for fourteen years, and I can’t begin to sort through the emotions of...

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