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A small kindness
Harsh things happen in the world with numbing frequency. So when somebody does something kind and thoughtful, we really ought to celebrate it. Here is my cause for celebration: Last January I was in Florida to visit family and to preach and lecture at two churches. Along the way I lost a book: William Placher’s Jesus the Savior, which I had taken along to prepare for preaching in Lent. As many of you know, Placher was an editor at large for this magazine. Until his untimely death last November, he was a beloved professor at Wabash College in Indiana. Bill was a personal friend as well. When he spent part of a sabbatical year at the University of Chicago he was a regular worshiper at the church I serve, and he generously agreed to teach adult education classes and led a retreat for our staff. I was honored when he asked me to write an endorsement for Jesus the Savior, and I tucked his very gracious handwritten thank-you note into my copy of the book.


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