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Jeff Munroe

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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…
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The Problem with the Future

  It is 2015, the year Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future II, and media outlets everywhere are asking the same question, “Dude, where’s my hoverboard?” It’s tough getting the future right, which is proved again by…
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White Like Me

“Nobody gave me anything.” I have heard variations of this statement recently, as race has been a topic of national conversation. The statement, intended to disprove the concept of white privilege, indicates blindness toward racial reality.  It’s like the speaker…