Bob Docter

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The self and gratitude

Giving thanks involves being grateful. Being grateful requires self-awareness—self-definition. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday provides each of us with ... Read More
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What is good?

He has shown you, O man, what is good… (Micah 6:8a). Mankind pursues “the good life,” always trying to figure out, what it’s all about: how to recognize its pr... Read More
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We put the building blocks of life together in the home. There, we carefully initiate the process of establishing our identity, shaping our self-esteem, buildin... Read More

Empathic compassion

His rheumy eyes seemed on the verge of imminent discharge—without spark, listless, lacking in spirit—within ill fitting, almost hollow cavities in a tight, hard... Read More

Hope trumps despair

Easter ushers in spring, and hope is in the air. Easter has become a time for celebration, for enjoying the flowers, the warm greetings of a Sunday morning, ... Read More

Building people

Everyone believes that they know what and how children should become educated, and act unafraid in sharing that information. That includes me. Yet differing ... Read More
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Compassionate empathy

Except I am moved with compassion, How dwellest thy Spirit in me? Albert Orsborn asked that question for Salvationists a few decades ago, and it’s one we ne... Read More
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Generosity of spirit

Generosity is a spiritual word. It speaks of the type of relationship between a giver and a receiver. It synthesizes the “fruit of the spirit” listed by Paul... Read More