Author Archives: Clay Stauffer



Clay Stauffer

Envy, Gratitude, and Contentment
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Envy, Gratitude, and Contentment

The Thanksgiving season is a time to acknowledge the fundamental difference between envy and gratitude, coveting and contentment. We live in a culture with an economic system that, to some degree, fuels itself on coveting,...

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December 02, 2019
Should More Christians Meet Jesus?
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Should More Christians Meet Jesus?

British New Testament scholar N.T. Wright has published numerous books over the years and lectured around the world. One of his best books is titled Simply Jesus. Wright opens the book by posing a series...

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November 18, 2019
Challenges for the 21st Century Church
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Challenges for the 21st Century Church

A few years ago, Brett McCracken, who writes regularly for Christianity Today, wrote a very interesting article titled “21 Challenges Facing the 21st Century Church.” It was later turned into a book titled Uncomfortable. Brett...

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November 11, 2019
Religion & The Pursuit of Happiness
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Religion & The Pursuit of Happiness

Years ago, Arthur Brooks gave a TED talk where he shared insight on the key to achieving happiness. That talk has now been viewed over seven hundred thousand times on YouTube. He argues that happiness...

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October 27, 2019
We Are All “Under Construction”
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We Are All “Under Construction”

In his excellent book The Road to Character, David Brooks raises the following questions in the final chapter: • Toward what should I orient my life? • Who am I and what is my nature?...

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October 09, 2019
Rethinking Happiness, Values, and Success
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Rethinking Happiness, Values, and Success

This fall, I am teaching an undergraduate course at Vanderbilt focusing on the notion of success and the American Dream, a concept defined in many different ways.  We started the semester with some basic working...

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September 30, 2019
The Enneagram and Relationships
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The Enneagram and Relationships

On Wednesday nights, we are starting a brand-new series with Hunter Mobley focusing on “The Enneagram and Relationships.” Dinner will be at 5:30 and his talk will begin at 6:15 pm. This will take place...

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September 25, 2019
Religion, Hope, and the American Dream
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Religion, Hope, and the American Dream

Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco published a fascinating book in 1999 titled The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope. In the book, he gives a spiritual history of our nation and how each generation...

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August 29, 2019
The Lost Art of Peacemaking
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The Lost Art of Peacemaking

In his most famous sermon, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” To that, he added, “If you are angry at a brother or sister, you will be...

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August 22, 2019
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