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Small Shrines

So, March was 749 days long. I’m not sure if I’m ready for the month billed by T.S. Eliot as “the cruelest.” The picture painted by the news suggests that the month is horrifyingly likely to more than live up…
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Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God.   Psalm 46:10 As an ADHD sufferer, I confess that this verse has always given me the heebie jeebies. In high school, I was the girl sitting in the back row of class.…
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Why Hoard Toilet Paper During a Pandemic?

In the moments I’m not self-righteously clucking “tsk, tsk,” at the toilet-paper-hoarding masses, I’m doing mental math estimating how long our supply might last. We’re starting to run low, the stores are empty, and I am anxious. If something doesn’t…
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The God Who Tents Among Us

John 1:1-18 Every May I teach a Hope College course called Ecological Theology and Ethics. It runs for three weeks, with the middle two weeks spent in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. After a day of whitewater rafting on…
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Invisible and Vulnerable

I write from a position of privilege. I'm at my desk, typing on a computer hooked up to the internet, the lifeline for many who now work at home. I'm able to do my job, teaching students through videos and…
Northwestern College
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Telling the Covid-19 Virus Story

As I write this, my two teenagers are “zooming” their classmates and friends and working away at the assignments their teachers have given them during this period of online learning. Life has changed for us drastically in the last week…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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America the Exceptional

Before my last semester of full-time college teaching was derailed by a virus, I had been teaching – for about the fortieth time – my course on American Religious Thought to a lively class of undergraduate students at Central College.…
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Be Not Afraid

Some years back, before we even had The Twelve yet I think, I wrote an article in Perspectives on a strangely powerful benediction that Neal Plantinga and I had been using for some years.  Now seems a particularly apt moment…
Calvin Theological Seminary