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A Reality Check on Self-Righteousness

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  April 1, 2016 11:00 am

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A Pharisee and a publican go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee praises himself in his prayer, calls attention to his religious activities, and compares himself to the publican. The publican stands humbly at a distance, beating his breast, pleading for God’s mercy. Jesus lifts the publican up as the man who got it … MORE

The Trinity: Imagination, Reality, and Power

Jay Smith, President  |  February 4, 2016 2:23 pm

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NOTE: The following is an adaptation of a lecture delivered in Boise and Bellingham in October 2015. The doctrine of the Trinity lies at the heart of the Christian faith, yet relatively few understand its meaning or importance. Those who follow Christ have pondered the nature of God since roughly A.D. 33. The person of … MORE

Untying the Knots that Bind Us

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  December 17, 2015 4:39 pm

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Whether it’s a pair of headphones previously coiled nice and neat, or a tangled fishing line, life tends to get knotted up. Sometimes, those knots are harmless, and the solution comes with a few moments of patient work. Sometimes, however, the knot is more severe and aggravates the dysfunction of our world and our relationships … MORE

Who Is the Real St. Nicholas?

Jay Smith, President  |  December 16, 2015 11:55 am

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Most of us grew up believing that Saint Nick was a ‘jolly old fellow’ with a white beard dressed in a bright red coat and cap who lives at the North Pole. The real St. Nicholas was someone a bit different, yet not too different. Nicholas of Myra was born in the late 3rd Century … MORE

The Night the Animals Talked

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  December 16, 2015 11:48 am

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My favorite Christmas movie doesn’t show up often anymore. ‘Night the Animals Talked’ tells the story of Christmas from the viewpoint of the animals that supposedly would have occupied the stable in Bethlehem. There is a theme of exclusion carried throughout the movie that only finds resolution at the birth of Jesus in the end. … MORE