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Kate Kooyman

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Fear of Freedom

They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to…
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Speak of the Devil

Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against…
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A Call for New Rituals

Our family had to quarantine this week. We thought we might have been exposed to COVID, because of the sickness of a close neighbor whose kids had interacted with our kids.  And, well, that’s not all. (It’s been a tough…
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This is Going to Hurt

I felt stupid and scared this week, and I took it out on a well-meaning white guy.  Here’s what happened: I was working as part of a team to plan a high-profile event for local pastors to speak out against…
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Being Kind, Being Racist

My son has discovered a love of birds.  It happened after I gave him a thrifted copy of a bird book. It wasn’t long before he was identifying every bird he could see, ingesting fact after fact, planning how he…
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I Don’t Want Peace

I had a professor in seminary who was the first to reveal to me that sanitized picture of Martin Luther King that we have created in American culture. He was the first to teach me about the “three evils” (not…
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Screentime: A Reckoning

We keep having the same conversation while we are adventuring around the country. It’s about technology and our kids. My sons both have (extremely old) iPads, and we use them almost every day. Lots of our homeschool methods are found…
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Christmas Alone

This was a strange, lonely Christmas for our family.  We’ve been traveling for a little more than four months now -- and we’re far enough into the experience that we’re past the novelty of it. It’s still a gift, but…
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Another Kind of Seeing

"Being really in love with someone is sort of like seeing them the way they ought to be seen," Robinson says. "And the fact that we have this as a very isolated experience, most of us, if we're lucky enough…