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Jason Lief

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The Hiccups and Heidegger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-rmGy9gWvE Tonight I get to play music with my son. We started a band called The Hiccups. We mainly play covers—the Foo Fighters, Jack White, Nirvana, and Rage Against the Machine. My son, Christian, started playing the drums a few years…
Northwestern College
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The Shape of Graduation

The Shape of Water won the Oscar for best film last February. It tells the story of a mute woman who falls in love with an amphibious creature held captive by the U.S. government. The films of director, Guillermo del…
Northwestern College
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The Faithfulness of James Cone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7NKXlmRvWE I remember when I first read God of the Oppressed by James Cone. It challenged me, it convicted me, and it made me re-think my approach to theological study. I was forced to contemplate the politics of the gospel,…
Northwestern College
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What’s the Message?

https://youtu.be/7VJPhLSfIl0 My son turned 14 last week. For his birthday we bought him tickets to see his favorite artist in concert, so Monday night we drove down to Omaha for a Jack White concert. I'm not sure how he got…
Northwestern College
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First Reformed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCF5Y8dQpR4 I've only seen the trailer, and I've only read one review, but I can't wait to see it. Schrader is haunted by a world that I've been grafted in to. I'm a Lutheran by birth, a Scandinavian by name, and…
Northwestern College
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What Wondrous Love is This

On this Good Friday I am reminded of the life and testimony of Oscar Romero, who is on the path to be made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. As Archbishop of San Salvador he was seen as a…
Northwestern College
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Giving John the Baptist a Hair Cut

This semester I'm teaching a spiritual formation class—we meet in the local Episcopal church. It's a small church but it's a place to light candles, pray, and look at icons. The front of the church has these beautifully painted icons…
Northwestern College
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Political Labels and Loving Jesus

A few weeks ago an editorial appeared in the local paper in which the author took democrats to task. (The article is titled "Democrats Threatened by the Weather" in the Sioux Center News. There is no online version available.) The…
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