Yes, College is Worth It: Justice, Opportunity, & ‘the practice of freedom’

The following is a set of remarks I delivered yesterday, graduation day, as part of a campus Celebration of Justice and Opportunity at Illinois College.  The Celebration was organized by students as an alternate to the College’s official baccalaureate. Normally, on a Sunday morning, I am doing one of two things:  going to church, or [Read More…]

Because God Said: Farmers, Myth & Truth

Just hearing Paul Harvey’s voice during the Super Bowl commercial featuring his words from a speech to the Future Farmers of America in 1978 was enough to conjure up my seven-year old self, peanut butter & jelly sandwich and Pringles potato chips at the kitchen table as quirky stories and “the rest of the story” [Read More…]