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Jeff Japinga

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And Then This Happened

You’ve been exceeding gracious in reading (tolerating?) my reflections on what it means to do church, and be church, in an age when the usual metrics brand us a failing institution. As you have read, I struggle with that at…
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How Do I Know?

It was a mixed shopping bag this week for Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based retail giant Target. After stock prices had surged this year to record highs on robust growth, the company reported Wednesday that holiday sales increased…
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Looking Backward

"You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward." ~ Soren Kierkegaard For a few of you, perhaps, the byline you just passed may or may not be familiar. The person it names spent 31 years as a member…
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Loyalty and Loss

Today Jeff Japinga blogs for The Twelve. Jeff is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America who serves as associate dean and assistant professor of leadership and ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Another year, another…