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James C. Schaap

James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.


The Studio

Way back when, I remember Richard Mouw once saying that the whole Christian world would be better off if we'd…
June 15, 2012

Moving Drama

Rained here Saturday night. My father-in-law's little gauge--the old farmer in him couldn't really live without one--registered three-quarters of an…
May 31, 2012


Just a week or so ago, Frederick Manfred would have celebrated his 100th birthday, had he lived. He didn't.  He died…
May 17, 2012

Good Friday

I envy monastics--sometimes. I envy their intent to zero in on the Christian faith, to delete every iota of worldly…
April 6, 2012