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Jason Lief

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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…
Northwestern College
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God Branding

Walking down the hallway, my wife noticed a poster advertising two events. The first was a princess ball, a daddy - daughter "purity" banquet. The second was a medieval mother/son purity dance. (Dilly Dilly!) I've never been to a purity…
Northwestern College
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The Things your Neighbors Say

The knock on the door took us both by surprise. It was 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon, the day of our church Christmas program. I had to be there in an hour to make sure everything was ready to go,…
Northwestern College
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The Jedi Must Die: Joy to the World

Having seen The Last Jedi twice, and having read numerous interpretations and critiques, I admit I enjoyed the film. I know I'm not supposed to like it—I guess real fans are supposed to be upset with the Marvelesque attempts at…
Northwestern College
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Incarnation Revolution

Listening to NPR the other day I heard a story about a metal band from New Zealand with the name Alien Weaponry. What makes their story unique is the language they use in their songs—Te Reo Māori, the language of…
Northwestern College