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Kate Kooyman

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Delighted

I have a lot of friends who work for nonprofits. This meant that Tuesday was a day to brace for. Especially on Facebook, Giving Tuesday has given me something of the same feeling I got when I walked through the…
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The Gate

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have…
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It Doesn’t Matter

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what…
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Be Known

My favorite line in the Belhar Confession tells us that the church’s job is “to know and bear one another’s burdens.” I think about this all the time. Not the bearing part -- the knowing. I remember reading a post…
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The Gifts Paul Forgot

I’m aware that there’s a certain science -- even a whole industry’s worth of church curriculum -- devoted to the actual list of Scripturally-sanctioned spiritual gifts for the upbuilding of the body and for the common good. You can do…
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The Wall Is Already Built

If I were you, I would have stopped paying attention a while ago. The maddening and sickening work of keeping track of the constant headlines is just too much for any sane person to handle. I would have stopped paying…
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Prayers for Immigrants

It's been a busy week, since both the RCA and CRC held their Synods at Calvin College. In lieu of writing more words, I'm happy to share a prayer bulletin that was written by the CRC's Office of Social Justice,…
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Politically Correct

I try to have a sense of humor, so when someone sent me a video about Social Justice Warriors, poking fun at my culture of political correctness and moral outrage, I played along and chuckled. I can be over-the-top. It’s…