Character 11: The Other

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In sociology there is a term called the “other.” It refers to people different than oneself in a variety of categories: ethnicity, gender, political party, sexual orientation, religion. At Macalester College in St. Paul where I work, the other is everywhere. I find it tempting to deal with the other categorically:  “She’s in category X. Thus I can manage her …

Character 10: Strength or Weakness?

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For evangelicals, the 1970s and 80s were characterized by strong male pastors and elders who knew the word of God and preached the gospel unambiguously. These men were part of the “Builder” or “Silent” generation and the early boomers. Then something changed. The arrival of the later Boomers, Gen-Xers and postmodern culture in the 90s caused the guys at the …

Character 9: Finding Yourself

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After a recent meeting with a college student at a school in Minnesota, I went away thinking, Wow, she really knows herself.I don’t often think that. Imagine it: 21 years old and self-knowledge squarely in place. I can’t say the same for myself at 21 or 31 — or . . . Maybe at 51 I was getting a clue. …