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Undocumented

“What do you think should be done about illegal immigrants? I honestly don’t have an answer.” A good friend asked me this after my Facebook post about the El Paso shooting and ICE raids in Mississippi. I’ve spent time listening…
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Sabbath and Celebration

Read: Matthew 12:1-8 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. Matthew 12:1 It has to be said. Many people have negative…
Western Theological Seminary
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Away from Home

Today I will go pick up my daughter from her first-ever week at overnight summer camp. I feel eager and expectant. I can't wait to see her and hear all about her experiences. I am a true fan of summer…
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Take me to Church: Worshipping at Hinterland

Last weekend my family attended the Hinterland Music Festival. It takes place in St. Charles, Iowa—a small town just off I-35 about 20 minutes south of Des Moines. Three days of music, craft beer, and pretentious-ness. All in all, a…
Northwestern College
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The Guns of August

It’s August that really should be named January, after the two-faced god. The month can come on like a blast-furnace, scorching everything dry, but all its heat cannot hide the reality that the sun is setting earlier, day after day.…
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Mom’s Potholders

Before we kids left home, I remember spring and summer evenings as hours filled with checking on the garden, watching storms gather, sweeping the kitchen floor, and finally getting us kids to bed. When Mom and Dad became empty-nesters, however,…
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A Memorial Reflection

The absence of space startled me. The longer I stood there, the more I was struck by the weightiness of that lack of space. Next, I became emotional, which surprised me. I have been listening to the discussions and debates…
Northwestern College
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Sabbath and Hospitality

Read: Deuteronomy 5:12-15 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or you donkey, or…
Western Theological Seminary