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How Can a Scientist Believe in God?

 [Editor’s note: Francis Collins is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. His 2007 book, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief,” argues that faith and science are compatible.] I am a scientist and a...

Laying Down Your Life

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:12-13 At a recent wedding I performed, John 15:9-12 served as one of the Scripture readings. The key thought...

Difficult but Necessary

If there is no room in the heart, there is no room in the house. —Danish proverb There are many things in our lives that fall into the category of “Difficult but Necessary.” For example, denying our impulses to overeat, overspend, or over-react. Or behaving...

Best Wishes to the Class of 2019

“Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Congratulations to the class of 2019! You’ve worked hard on your schooling for twelve (plus)...

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land

In one of the final scenes of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish residents of the poor Russian village of Anatevka are told they have three days to pack up their belongings, sell their homes and goods, and leave. As the villagers congregate, they wax...

Character Development

Lucy: “Look at it this way Charlie Brown… we learn more from losing than we do from winning.” Charlie Brown: “That makes me the smartest person in the world!!”  — Charles Schultz How do we humans become better people? What are the processes by which we may grow,...