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Why Reformed is What We Need Right Now

Why support the Reformed Journal? Because we need voices that advocate for a reformed, or reformational, perspective. There’s a form of Evangelicalism that is biblically and theologically robust and ecclesiologically necessary. Evangelicals point us back to the gospel; they tell…
November 27, 2020
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Hog-Hunting and Tote Bags

Got it this morning. Had no idea mature human beings could or would hunt hogs from helicopters, but this Texas outfit thought I might just take a shot.Ten years ago, we stayed at a gorgeous South Dakota hunting lodge, way…
November 27, 2020
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Not Feeling Grateful

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Often at our dinner table, my little family goes around the table and shares our day’s “highs and lows.” My…
November 26, 2020
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Permission Slip

This week is one of my favorite of the whole year. I adore everything about Thanksgiving. Always have. And here’s the thing: I spend pretty much every Thanksgiving alone. Don’t get me wrong: I had a wonderful time with my…
November 25, 2020
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Trouble in Providence

Someday I’m going to compile a list of “Christian words” which need a 200 year time out -- mothballed until they can be brought out again, fresh and new. Words that aren’t necessarily untrue, just exhausted, exploited, stretched almost beyond…
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The Church’s Future Is on the Margins

Over the past several months I’ve been doing a slow, unhurried read through the book of Jeremiah. It strikes me as the right book for this moment, a kind of literature for exiles in a dark time of national trauma.…
November 23, 2020
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It’s About Time

Over the last three weeks I have suggested that a biblical understanding of the Sabbath involves much more than choosing what not to do one day a week. Instead it offers a set of values that are intrinsically counter-cultural, reverberating…
November 22, 2020
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Sabbath and Return Day: A Modest Proposal

Recent postings on this blog have invited readers of The Twelve to be faithful in honoring the Sabbath. Travis West (“The Sabbath, Time and Presence,” Nov. 16) challenged us to recover the recurring and renewing holiness of time as an…
November 21, 2020
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Ceilings and Suit Jackets

Two weeks ago, on a warm-for-November Saturday night, I sat in an Adirondack chair beside my friend’s fire pit, an iPad perched on a little folding table between us, waiting for Joe Biden to make his first speech after the…
November 19, 2020
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All Geography Is Spiritual

I walked through the tunnel which burrowed through a sand dune and opened onto a deck with a view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, this tunnel and this view a frequent destination for many of us who have grown up…
November 18, 2020