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Christianity can falsely be made so severe that human nature must revolt against it in order to cast it or thrust it away. But Christianity can also be made so lenient or flavored with sweetness that all attempts to perk up the appetite and give people a taste for it with demonstrations and reasons are futile and end up making people disgusted with it.

The quote is from Soren Kierkegaard, or is it Dick Van Patten?

Whoever it is the quote provides an argument for financially supporting the Reformed Journal.

In my neck of the woods we’ve been dealing with self righteous prophets of the anonymous apocalyptics. (That’s a sweet band name—I call dibs.) This group has been self-baptized, refusing to put their names on what they write. They have Facebook conversations with themselves trying to throw people off the scent, even though we know who they are. (It’s quite comical.) They anonymously target individuals and institutions, posting pictures and fabricated headlines in the name of returning us to a godly way of life. When people try to have a conversation with them, they refuse, usually responding with a poorly typed email with a gazillion CAPITALIZED LETTERS AND MULTIPLE !!!!!!!!!!. At least it’s fitting for this particular historical moment.

So what does this have to do with the Reformed Journal? We need a space for conversation and dialogue on issues of faith, culture, and politics. We need thoughtful essays and blog posts where authors sign their names, inviting conversation and response. We need an in-between space, the small space between the . and But in Kierkegaard’s quote. That’s what we’re trying to be. Sure, sometimes we tick a bit to the left, and sometimes we tick to the… ok, we usually tick to the left. But if you read the comments, you’ll find people holding us accountable, trying to pull us back to the center.

To do this we need people to read, to repost our stuff on social media, and we need people to support us financially. We’re a small operation, and like a small cockroach we’re hard to kill. We run off of volunteers—people who believe spaces like this are important. So please consider giving a gift however big or small to the Reformed Journal.

Thankfully submitted,
Johannes Climacus

 

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Jason Lief

Dr. Jason Lief teaches courses in Christian education and youth ministry. A Northwestern College graduate, he served as the chaplain for Pella (Iowa) Christian High School while earning a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also completed a doctorate in practical theology from Luther Seminary. He previously taught theology and youth ministry at Dordt College for 10 years. Dr. Lief is the author of “Poetic Youth Ministry: Loving Young People by Learning to Let Them Go” and "Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred.”

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