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Jason Lief

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Norwegian Wood

What have I been doing during the pandemic? Chopping wood. Sure, I've been teaching online like every other college professor, I was even fortunate enough to receive tenure and a promotion to full professor, but social distancing has given me…
Northwestern College
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What Will the Church Do About DACA?

Sometime very soon the Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump Administration has the right to terminate the DACA program that began during the Obama administration. DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrival - a form of legal status for immigrants brought…
Northwestern College
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Scandalous Love

Today is the day when the cheap grace of triumphalism is shown to be a fraud. Today is the day when those who use the gospel to fulfill their selfish ambition are unmasked. Today is the day when the voices…
Northwestern College
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Invisible and Vulnerable

I write from a position of privilege. I'm at my desk, typing on a computer hooked up to the internet, the lifeline for many who now work at home. I'm able to do my job, teaching students through videos and…
Northwestern College
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Feeling Dusty

Lately, I've been reading the mystics. You know, Christians from a different time and place who speak of love as the highest knowledge, calling us to the God beyond God—the God who cannot be rationally known, only encountered. I know…
Northwestern College
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Waiting for Stigmata

Recently, I had my students read about the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. Late in his life, while up on a mountain, he had a vision of Christ as a seraph. When the vision was over, Francis had the…
Northwestern College
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Learning to Tango

I loved The Two Popes. I know it's fiction, based on conversations and individual statements, but it still left me hopeful. I've read Benedict's work on worship and the person of Jesus—he's an insightful scholar that helps me understand the…
Northwestern College
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Feeling Minnesota: The Case for Klobuchar

Iowa is a great place to be during an election year. Yes, the rest of the nation pisses and moans about Iowa getting to go first, but what do they know? Iowans are dismissed as monolithic, back water, goat herders,…
Northwestern College
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Christmas Smells

Lately, it's easy to get caught up in either anxiety or rage. The speed of cultural change, and the inevitable backlash, leads to a permanent state of dis-orientation. As we get caught up in careers, family life, political campaigns, it's…
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