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Jason Lief

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A Highway in the Desert

A certain brother committed an offense in Scete, the camp of the monks, and when a congregation was assembled ‎on this matter, they sent after Abba Moses, but he refused to come; then they sent the priest of the church…
March 5, 2021
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The Time is Now for Immigration Reform

When my family moved to Sioux Center fifteen years ago the neighborhood was very different from how it looks today. Back then my neighbors were white, most of Dutch heritage, and, if they went to church, protestant. Today, many of…
February 19, 2021
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Hawley Hearts Kuyper

In the New York Times Opinion piece, The Roots of Josh Hawley's Rage, Katherine Stewart draws attention to the religious rhetoric of Senator Josh Hawley. He blames the rise of secularism on the well known British monk, Pelagius. In a…
January 22, 2021
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Power, Self Preservation, and the Cross

II Samuel 11: In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.…
January 11, 2021
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Political Iconoclasm

Like everyone else, I'm trying to negotiate the aftermath of a divisive election that has fractured my corner of the world. Almost every part of life has felt the effects: churches, schools, families, friendships—few things remain unscathed. Sure, the fault…
December 11, 2020
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Why Reformed is What We Need Right Now

Why support the Reformed Journal? Because we need voices that advocate for a reformed, or reformational, perspective. There’s a form of Evangelicalism that is biblically and theologically robust and ecclesiologically necessary. Evangelicals point us back to the gospel; they tell…
November 27, 2020
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Trying Not to Be Political

"I have to go upstairs and write a blog," I said to my wife. "Whoa, wait. What are you going to write about?" She asked, as if I've ever written anything controversial. "You're not writing about politics," she said as…
November 6, 2020
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Run the Jewels: The Rocks Cry Out

I teach a course on popular culture as part of our youth ministry program. The course is really about cultural interpretation—How do we make sense of cultural patterns, and how do they form and shape our identity? Biblically speaking, I…
October 9, 2020
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Abide

I put my political flag up today. No, not Trump or Biden, Jeff Lebowski. The Dude. Lebowski 2020: This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man. I bought the matching t-shirt too. Why, do you ask, would I waste my money on…
September 25, 2020