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June 28, 2018

Last week, on the second anniversary of my mother's death, I took some time to think about the special bond we shared. I have often said that, somewhere along the way, we switched roles. Last summer, I wrote much of the essay that follows, describing the time in our li...

June 19, 2018

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever...

June 17, 2018

I had the privilege of filling in this morning for Pastor Rosemary Peek at our church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran. This is the text of my sermon:

The Kingdom of Heaven is like Kudzu. It sounds crazy, right? But stick with me.

I love Jesus’s parables. This time of yea...

June 8, 2018

As I have trod the ancient streets of Europe this week, I haven't felt out of my element, scared, or timid at all. I have tried to conduct myself not as an entitled tourist, but as a citizen of the world, respectful of the people and the cultures around me and up for w...

June 8, 2018

Today, we visited Go! Atheneum Gentbrugge, and I was more inspired by a group of students than I have been in a long time. 

Atheneum is a secondary school in a suburb of Ghent, and is in some ways equivalent to a US high school. One of the more striking differences, to...

June 6, 2018

Today, we visited Kent University's Brussels School of International Studies. In many ways, the University of Kent is forced to straddle the line between the British and Belgian systems. This is an administrative challenge that brings front and center the realities of...

June 5, 2018

Today, we visited the Artevelde University College in Ghent, Belgium. I should go ahead and admit that I'm in love with the Flemish system of higher education in order to contextualize what follows, which might be considered gushing rather than analysis. 

When we a...

June 5, 2018

Because I am an historian (and maybe in particular because I'm an historian who calls myself "an historian" rather than "a historian,") people assume that I have a love for all things old. 

Part of this, I am sure, stems from misconceptions about how we define history a...

June 4, 2018

I love teaching future teachers, and today, I realized that the love of teaching is a universal language. 

This morning, we visited the Thomas More Hogeschool in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The institution, named after an Archibishop of Canterbury who became a Catholic sain...

June 3, 2018

Here in the Netherlands, people pay a lot of taxes. Accordingly, they are afforded opportunities to have education and healthcare without amassing tens of thousands of dollars in debt or going bankrupt. 

So far, one of the most striking parts of my experience in Europe...

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