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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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Fruits of the Spirit (3)  (Galatians 5:22)

Fruits of the Spirit (3) (Galatians 5:22)

I was talking with a man last week and he started complaining about his neighbor. He said, “I know it’s wrong, but I hate them.” “Oh, surely you don’t hate them,” I said. “They probably just annoy you.” “No, I pretty much hate them,” he said. It reminded me of...

Fruits of the Spirit (1)  (Galatians 5:22)

Fruits of the Spirit (1) (Galatians 5:22)

When I graduated from seminary, I was pastoring a little Quaker meeting in the city, but wanted to work my way up to a big church, then become the General Secretary of Friends United Meeting, which is the closest thing the Quakers have to a pope, except for the power...

Fruits of the Spirit (2)  (Galatians 5:22)

Fruits of the Spirit (2) (Galatians 5:22)

A few times each week, I drive over to Brownsburg to pick up our granddaughter Madeline at her other grandparents. I take her back to our house on the back roads, the long way round, so we have more time to visit, because once we get to our house and she sees Joan,...

What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

I had two experiences these past few weeks I want to tell you about. The first happened when I was in Birmingham, Alabama to give a speech. I had flown there, didn’t have a car, but wanted to visit the Barber Motorsports Museum outside the city.  I phoned a cab...

How Shall We Live Together (10)

How Shall We Live Together (10)

When I was in junior high school, I thought about running for class office. Our class had four officers—president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The president and vice-president were always boys, and the secretary and treasurer were always girls. We were...

A Response to Gary Varvel

A Response to Gary Varvel

  The above cartoon by Gary Varvel appeared in the September 23rd edition of the Indianapolis Star.  I've taken the liberty of posting my response here. Please share widely. When I was a kid, I read books about men coming to the rescue of women, and for years believed...

How Shall We Live Together (9)

How Shall We Live Together (9)

In 1979, the year I graduated from high school, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and Jimmy Carter, our president at the time, responded by requiring men of a certain age to register with Selective Service in the event the United States reinstituted the draft. I...

How Shall We Live Together (8)

How Shall We Live Together (8)

When I was a kid, my father became active in politics, so my brothers and I were drafted to help him, even though Dad was a Republican and I was starting to see things from the Democrat’s point of view. On election nights, the townspeople would go to the court house...

How Shall We Live Together (7)

How Shall We Live Together (7)

Shortly after Joan and I began dating, some 36 years ago, a child was born down the road from her family’s farm. The baby, a little boy, was born deaf, so just as soon as he grew old enough to play outside, the county installed a road sign of a little boy wearing...

How Shall We Live Together (6)

How Shall We Live Together (6)

It’s been an exciting week in Danville. On Monday, our town board passed an ordinance that allows people to drive golf carts on the town streets and announced it on Facebook, anticipating, wrongly as it turns out, that Danvillians would welcome this development.  A...

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