God, John Templeton and me: How a single phone call changed my entire life

May 29, 2015

Last week Dr. John Templeton – the late president and chairman of the John Templeton  Foundation – was rightfully eulogized as a world-class philanthropist, dedicated family man, and steadfast champion of traditional values: honesty, hard work, generosity, all of which he exemplified. But I myself will always remember him as a very dear friend – […]

Heavenly Love

April 3, 2015

I’m not exactly Monk but I am a perfectionist. I’m always trying to be or do my best, exacting traits that go well with being a scientist. Yet with the coming of Easter – the solemn celebration of a loving God – I’m reminded that true perfection is learning how to love imperfection, or at […]

Dreams vs. destiny: Why the two can be as different as night and day

February 27, 2015

A funny thing happened to me on the way to Cambridge … That’s the opening line of one of my favorite stories. The story about the yawning difference that often exists between a dream and a destiny. A difference that ambushed me in the mid-1980s when I was fresh out of grad school and that […]

The single reason why I celebrate Christmas

December 24, 2014

The December issue of the Journal of Family Psychology contains no fewer than five research papers documenting religion’s positive impact on family relationships. Reading them reminds me of why I take my Christian faith seriously and the single reason I celebrate Christmas. What’s that reason? It’s not the wonderful lights, decorations, and music – all […]