Author: kenkuhlken

Job or Life, Take Your Pick

College should be more than vocational training. It should also be the introduction to a rich and satisfying life. Here’s a passage from a recent New York Times article: “’The largest problem of skills in the U.S. today isn’t a

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Get Courageous

When I was in graduate school at the University of Iowa, I read in the college newspaper an interview with the director of the Playwrights’ Workshop. The reporter asked for his advice to would-be playwrights. His response was so outrageous,

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The Jefferson Attitude

The New York Times ran an article by historian David Williams about Thomas Jefferson’s more or less Christian attitude and how taking a similar stance might allow the Democratic Party to win over those who find Democrats essentially secular and

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The Answer to Everything

Some folks are no doubt dying to know the story of my writing career, so I’m going to attempt a capsule version. Of course I once set out to write a short story and ended up with 1400 pages. I’ll try my best

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Get Humble

I have known lots of writers, some of whom I have watched grow from novices to masters. And I’ve observed that the masters and the ones I suspect are on their way to that level have in common their desire

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Obeying the President

The president has instructed the IRS not to mess with churches who get political. He wants us churches to speak our minds, right? Here goes. The other day I was talking to my cousin Patti and feeling impassioned by some

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Trump and Assad

“For the son of God became like us so that we could become like him.” Athanasius On Palm Sunday, Dr. Cherith Nording, a seminary professor, gave a powerful sermon in which she proposed that Christ could live in connection with

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Democrat? Republican?

As some of you are aware, I am considering a run for office in the California legislature. My original intention was to run as an independent. But my daughter Darcy, who has volunteered to manage my campaign, and who is

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Pay Your Dues

After his victory over the tempter in the wilderness, Jesus returned in the “power of the spirit.” In other words, Christ had to face temptation before the full power of the spirit was available to him. Likewise, we may need

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Pursue Beauty

John Keats wrote: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all we know on earth and all we need to know.” Ranier Maria Rilke argues in “The First Elegy”: “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we

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