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There is so much to capture our attention. On the show, Comedians in Cars, Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld says this to his guest, Brian Regan, “How is it that we can’t get enough of any two idiots talking? We’re all talking, all the time, and then we watch other people talking. Why?”

Regan responds: “I don’t know.”

Seinfeld answers, “It makes no sense. David Letterman’s got a new show on Netflix. Guess what he’s going to be doing?”

They both answer in unison, after a comedic pause. . .”Talking to people!”

Why do we watch other people talking so much?

For me, I want to listen in to other people’s conversations. I might not be on social media, but I like to be in the know about what’s happening on Twitter since Elon Musk took over, how Ticketmaster crashed, and what is the new viral video on TikTok.

But it is exhausting to keep up with everything, even if I am just an observer to the events and conversations, not an active participant.

I have learned to value particular voices in the cacophony of competitive voices. The Reformed Journal is one of those voices. Yes, there are weekly essays and podcasts, poetry and reviews. I’m most aware of and invested in the daily blog.

In a short, daily post, you can thoughtfully engage with a wide range of perspectives. We have a variety of views, for sure, but we are united in that we are all volunteers, we are all people who care about their faith, who care about the Reformed tradition, and about engaging readers and each other.

Will you please consider a donation to support our voices and conversations?

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Your monthly financial contribution allows us to continue to express the Reformed faith theologically; to engage issues that Reformed Christians meet in personal, ecclesiastical, and societal life.

Please consider our amazing But Wait, There’s More! special offer. Books, private author events, and our overwhelming gratitude.

A monthly gift — they really help us. You stop by often. Sort of a “pay as you go” plan? This is where we are supposed to compare it to the amount you pay for a daily latte without thinking twice.

A gift of any amount. We run on the honor system. No charge, just an honest invitation for you to help. The money sure is nice. Your affirmation and encouragement are greatly appreciated, too.

Rebecca Koerselman

Rebecca Koerselman teaches history at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.

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