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Jason Lief

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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…
Northwestern College
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Christianity is Political: Taking A Stand

As I travel around the area talking about immigration reform, a common response is the fear the church will become too "political". I get it—we're living in trying times, where everyone is polarized and few are willing to listen. Both…
Northwestern College
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Happy Halloween

My most vivid memories of childhood involve Halloween. My brother and I would join our cousins walking the neighborhood to get as much candy as possible—always with the obligatory picture of all of us lined up on the couch, sweating…
Northwestern College