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Jennifer L. Holberg

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St. Martha Takes a Break

At first, I thought it was rather ironic that I’ll be on vacation on the feast day of the woman I consider my patron saint (in a completely Reformed way, naturally): St. Martha. But what’s a feast day for except,…
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Small Steps at Great Cost

In the seemingly endless parade of things to watch, I want to recommend a recent addition to Netflix: “Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits.” Originally aired on BBC2 this past spring as “Secret Agent Selection,” the 5-part series is a…
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Navigations of Grief

The poet Donald Hall died on Saturday after a long, distinguished career, including a stint as US Poet Laureate in 2006-2007. Though he had been an important, award-winning writer for many years (see here and here for a sense of…
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A birthday gift for my dad

When I was a child, I never had any trouble believing in an absolutely loving God because I figured that if God was even half as amazing as my dad, everything would be fine. To be honest, I probably believe…
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Praise In Season and Out

You may have heard that the weather in Michigan has been crazy of late. Today, our students enjoyed the 80 (!) degree weather as students do: by congregating on our Commons Lawn. But just a two short weeks ago, we…
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Nancy J. Knol: Resurrection Testimony

I'm away today, finishing preparations for next week's Festival of Faith and Writing. But I'm so privileged to feature a contribution from Nancy J. Knol, who gave this testimony at her church on Easter. I thought her beautiful words deserved…
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The “Unclean” Hand

During this season, I’ve been dipping into a Lenten devotional produced by a small church that a close friend attends. A delightful collection of essays and art—contributed by many people in the congregation—mingle together to help the reader reflect on…
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Like a Rock

This week, my Victorian literature class is finishing a unit on 19th century faith and doubt, and we're concluding with the poet Christina Rossetti. As I was choosing from amongst her hundreds of poems on Christian themes and topics, I…
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Raise A Glass

Recently, "Academic Twitter" went a little crazy when Jay Van Bavel of NYU reposted and commented on a 2014 Inside Higher Ed piece that had reported that, according to one study, faculty at Boise State University averaged over 60 hours…
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The woods are lovely, dark and deep

Tomorrow is my 50th birthday. I come from a family who has always celebrated well, and birthdays are a big deal. Growing up, my mother made any meal you desired (as well as the accompanying dessert of your choice—cake, pie,…
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