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On Puddles and Providence

Posted: May 16, 2011

This spring I preached in southern Illinois on the Sunday at a conference which ran on into the evening. Alison had come with me. We were tired and glad the local pastor had booked us into a hotel overnight. We slept well and with amazing ...

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A Parable from JC Penney

Posted: Mar 03, 2011

Northern Seminary is located right beside Yorktown mall.  Actually we were here first, and then the mall had the good sense to locate beside the seminary. So I never have far to go for one of my rare shopping expeditions.  In January I ...

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Posted: Feb 10, 2011

There are problems, and then there are big problems.  Last week’s severe blizzard gave Northern Seminary one of those big problems. From mid afternoon on Tuesday (February 1st) through to mid day on Wednesday, heavy snow fell driven by ...

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Don't Kill Your Horse

Posted: Jan 05, 2011

In December I attended a conference for seminary presidents organized by ATS, which is Northern’s main accrediting body. It was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and before you imagine I was sunning myself let me explain that the city is over ...

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Living Christmas

Posted: Dec 13, 2010

I am frustrated and saddened by the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’.  I find myself telling everyone ‘Merry Christmas’ to emphasize that the season is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  I am not winning over the ...

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