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Debra Rienstra

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Meanwhile Messes, Meanwhile Graces

Meanwhile, healing takes a long time, and the first stages look like a mess. The grasses are scruffy, the trees old and some dying. Windthrow and snags are a key part of a habitat in equilibrium anyway, but seeing them…
Calvin University
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Conference of the Creatures

“Let’s take a moment now,” continues Matriarch, “to offer our most solemn thanks to the bats and pangolins for their noble sacrifice in transferring the virus to humans. This whole plan depended on you, and you splendidly achieved species crossover.…
Calvin University
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Biblical Quarantines: A Survey

What I’m saying is that even if you are now cooped up in the house with small, rambunctious children who behave like monkeys, things could be worse. At least you do not have two or seven of everything.
Calvin University
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Pious Petunia [Hearts] U

It’s time once again to welcome guest blogger and advice columnist Pious Petunia, offering timely wisdom and incisively soothing commentary on modern romance.
Calvin University
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Thirty Days, Thirty Books

The guiding question for my reading is this: how will our spirituality (and our churches) need to change in order to survive the unprecedented challenges ahead, particularly the climate crisis? Here’s what I’m learning so far.
Calvin University