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Jeff Munroe

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Juveniles

by Jeff Munroe When I was 15, I sent Olivia Newton John a love letter. I thought of that embarrassing letter the other day when I heard a story about problems in my home state of Michigan concerning “juvenile lifers.”…
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It’s Complicated

by Jeff Munroe A few years ago, when a group of Perspectives leaders were discussing the history of the journal, someone decided the best way to capture it was to quote Deuteronomy 26:5 and say, “My father was a wandering…
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Telling the Ones You Love

by Jeff Munroe One Christmas season during my childhood, we were dining in a crowded restaurant when I saw a man stand up from his table, wobble a bit, and then collapse onto the floor. His wife shrieked, “Somebody help!”…
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Beyond Two Parties

by Jeff Munroe Today, we welcome (back) Jeff Munroe who blogged regularly at The Twelve for several years. Jeff is the Vice President of Operations and Advancement at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Thanks, Jeff! Pluralism and choice have…
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Random Thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jennifer Holberg is away today, stuck in an airport or snowbank somewhere.  We welcome back Twelve Hall-of-Famer, Jeff Munroe. Jeff is the Vice President of Operations and Advancement at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Thanks, Jeff! Spoiler alert–if you…
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In Praise of Quitting

By Jeff Munroe There’s a billboard out by the highway featuring a picture of John Wayne in all his western glory with the caption “Don’t Much Like Quitters, Son.” It’s one of the omnipresent “values” billboards that line our motorways.…
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Sabbatical

I am of the considered opinion that no one cares how busy other people are.  I don’t. I sit in meetings and someone says, “I’m really busy . . . “ and I tune out. Having said that, I want…
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Sweetness and Sorrow

It is one of those days when I'm a thousand miles from home attempting to navigate through the latest winter storm, wondering where I'll lay my head tonight.  In the midst of that, there is this blog.  Providentially, I'd already…
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Happy MLK Day

Instead of using your time on this MLK Day to read the musings of a middle-aged white guy, I suggest you honor the legacy of Dr. King by going to see the movie Selma today and reflecting on three questions. 1. Is…