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Kate Kooyman

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Let’s Not Meet in the Middle

Yesterday the Michigan state senate Majority Leader opened the floor session with a prayer. He prayed for the seeking of unity, for people to work together, for legislators to look to God when people "get off track."  After he said…
February 11, 2021
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The Bible Is Not a Weapon

“The Bible says that ‘for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven...a time to heal, ...and a time to build up.’ That time is now. In the midst of a global pandemic, economic hardship…
January 14, 2021
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The Best of the Worst

What was the best book you read this year?  Mine was Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I listened to the author read it, actually — revelled in her calming voice as I walked my dog, as I drove past…
December 31, 2020
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Building a Boat

My kids have a favorite new show: “Alone.” It’s a reality show where survival experts are dropped off in remote and hardly survivable conditions to compete for prize money, won by the last man standing. (We’re only halfway through season…
December 17, 2020
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Communion of Saints

Q: What do you understand by “the communion of saints”? A. First, that believers one and all,as members of this community,share in Christand in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each membershould consider it a dutyto use these giftsreadily…
December 3, 2020
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Not Feeling Grateful

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Often at our dinner table, my little family goes around the table and shares our day’s “highs and lows.” My…
November 26, 2020
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Be Very Afraid

I’ve had a song stuck in my head since November 3. It wasn't until I read Laura de Jong’s lovely collection of poems in her post this week that it occurred to me. Based on the words of one of…
November 12, 2020
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A Prayer for the Fearful

Our God, our help in ages past, You have loved creation through it all.Through the rise and fall of every civilization.Through every pandemic.Through every human power -- just, and unjust. Our hope for years to come. In a year of…
October 29, 2020
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Holy Schitt

I know I’m very late to the game, but I finished the final season of “Schitt’s Creek” this week. And honestly, David? I cried. One of the many points of praise for the show is the way it portrays the…
October 15, 2020
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You Are Choosing a Side

Christians, we must stop equivocating. My social media, post Presidential debate, is just saturated with people wanting to point to Biden calling Trump a clown, and Trump shaming Biden’s son for addiction, and call it a draw. “Both sides” are…
October 1, 2020