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Facts and judgments

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William Thomas and Florian Znaniecki’s sociological classic, The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, is a study of the conditions of Polish immigrants in America. This exhaustive work illustrates how important it is to develop an accurate “definition of the situation” if we are to properly understand social reality. The same principle applies to responsible decision-making. Persons examining a situation with a view to passing an ethical judgment need to ensure that... Continue reading
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A Study in Resilience

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If you grew up in circumstances where adversity thrives, your confidence in the future can be undermined. Living perpetually in dire situations can lead to insulation from positive expectations. Something tells you nothing will ever change; nothing good will ever happen to you. Yet, extended exposure to painful experience can elicit another response. It can fuel your courage, reinforce your determination and fire your zeal to overcome. You manage to dispel the... Continue reading
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Loving the Stranger

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Even a cursory examination of the Holy Bible will fill the mind of an enquirer with a panorama of virtues that can transform the landscape of human experience if they are practiced. One of these virtues is hospitality to strangers. The "Old Testament" contains many stories that reveal both the wonder and the joy of welcoming strangers. Remember, for example, how at Mamre, Abraham and Sarah received three men whom they did... Continue reading
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Celebrating Women in Leadership

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Jamaica, the land of my birth, is a place whose people are proud of their country. Among the many reasons they cite are the following two minor ones: Jamaica is the first country outside of Europe to introduce a train system offering passenger service, and residents of the Jamaica north coast town named Falmouth had piped water available in their homes before the people of New York City did. Other sources of... Continue reading
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Thinking about love

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The church is blessed to have a fair number of truly outstanding New Testament scholars and Craig Keener is one of them. I first met Craig nine years ago when he was a professor at Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. He amazed me with the gift of a number of his books, to which I have returned again and again since 2007.Keener's voluminous works include the popular IVP... Continue reading
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