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Debra Rienstra


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.…
April 18, 2020

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.
March 21, 2020

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.
February 8, 2020

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.
January 25, 2020

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot—Or Remembered

Thanks to Grading Procrastination Syndrome (GPS), my husband succumbed last week to’s free trial offer. It turns out that finding one’s ancestors is a highly addictive activity and therefore a highly effective procrastination strategy. You may be surprised to…
December 28, 2019

Come, Then, Lord Jesus

The church has waited longHer absent Lord to see. Absence is the issue. You’ve been absent for a long time, and we’ve been waiting and waiting. I know we’re supposed to see you in the beauty of the lilies and…
December 14, 2019

Angel Cakes

Poor Elijah. He’s had quite a week. One minute he’s staging a spectacular god-smackdown on Mt. Carmel, calling down fire from heaven, condemning idolatry, slaughtering the priests of Baal. The next minute, he’s running a marathon trying to beat a…
November 30, 2019