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Debra Rienstra

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My Summer Vacation: A Report

I spent an entire day yesterday with my departmental compatriots working on Student Learning Outcomes. This is merely the latest manifestation of the assessment mania now gripping our college--and higher education as a whole. Naturally I came home with a…
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Here’s What’s Cookin’

A couple weeks ago, Jessica Bratt wrote about “curating” her stuff in the process of moving across the country. Her post had particular emotional resonance for me, as I have recently become the reluctant chief curator of an entire houseful…
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Yes!

Remember this photo? The primal energy, the explosive joy—the controversy? Yeah, this photo was taken seconds after Brandi Chastain slotted a sweet penalty kick, winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the U.S. against China, 5-4. It was a moment…
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Further Up and Further In

I was talking to a writer friend the other day who told me she had just finished a manuscript about a lovely older gentleman who, in the course of treatment for a rare medical condition, had a vivid, detailed near-death…
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The Long Slog

          “So how long is Pentecost season supposed to last?” I asked my worship-wonk husband the other day.      “Well, Pentecost isn’t really a season. It’s a feast day.”      “So you mean everything after Pentecost is actually ordinary…
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I Was a Christian Camp Dropout

Monday I will send my youngest off to good ol’ Camp Roger for a week. Camp Roger is your classic Christian sleepover camp: cabins with Indian names, capture-the-flag, a waterfront with a slimy dock, lanyards, archery, devotions at night, “Kum…
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Desire and its Discontents

We are approaching the Season 5 finale of the AMC series Mad Men in a couple weeks, and although some fans have been dissatisfied with this season, I have continued to enjoy the show. I particularly like this well-crafted drama’s…
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Matthew 2.0

Thanks to my colleagues, this blog has been hitting its stride in the last two weeks (IMHO), day after day taking on challenging, serious topics with admirable insight and forcefulness. So it’s time for something silly.  I’ve been out in…
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The Resurrection of the Mind

During worship services this Easter season when we say the Apostle’s Creed together, I naturally attend especially to the words focusing on the Easter event. “On the third day he rose again from the dead,” we proclaim. And in the…
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