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Brian Keepers

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Wednesdays with Wes

I watch through the large window as he slowly passes by the front of the coffee shop, cane in hand, head bobbing up and down with a slight limp. He turns the corner to make his way to the entrance…
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We Will Tell It and Give It Back to You

Several months ago, during Epiphany and Lent, I invited members of my congregation to join me in memorizing Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We engaged it as a spiritual practice, the goal being to hide God’s word in…
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How’s It Going with the 2020 Vision Team?

Wherever I go in RCA (Reformed Church in America) circles these days, I get this question: “How’s it going with the 2020 Vision Team?” Some are genuinely curious. Others more cynical. Many are highly anxious. The follow-up question is often,…
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Hidden in our Hearts

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 “Jeff, I’ve got an idea,” I pulled him aside after the worship service one Sunday. “We’re going to preach through Jesus’ Sermon on…
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Supermarket Frozen Sushi

The first time I tried sushi was almost fifteen years ago when a parishioner named Bill Smith took me to his favorite Japanese restaurant. Bill Smith has since gone to be with the Lord, but I’ll never forget that day…
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Grace in Barren Places

“In our own lives, too, we all too often deny the grace we’ve been given in barren places…Sooner or later, we must learn to deal with the cards we have been given, and look for the grace that is hidden…
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Growing Courage

A few years ago, when I was invited to be a regular writer for The Twelve, I was reluctant to say yes. Even though I enjoy writing, I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer. I’m a pastor at…
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We Need More than Veterans Day Parades

It’s been my practice over the years to take a moment in worship, on Veterans Day Weekend, to acknowledge our veterans and their families. This sort of thing can be tricky, especially when civil religion so often gets confused with…