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Kate Kooyman

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The Danger of Friendship

I am fully aware that very soon the Bible and the Gospels will not be allowed to cross the border. All that will reach us will be the covers, since all the pages are subversive – against sin, it is…
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Up to Something

And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” I’ve been baking sourdough bread lately.…
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Never the Stranger

When I go to churches for my job (which is to educate congregations about immigration reform so they’re equipped to be advocates to change the system), we often get to talking about hospitality. It’s a big deal in Scripture. I…
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The One Who Sees

One of the best names for God is “El Roi,” which was the name given to God by a vulnerable refugee named Hagar. El Roi, the Bible tells us, means “the one who sees,” and in particular Hagar meant it…
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God in the Dark

My kids are not thrilled about this, but our family has taken up a weekend habit of going hiking with our puppy -- which my kids find unbearable (so much FOMO with the neighborhood friends), but the dog finds simply…
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Shoes on my feet

I've learned that New Year's resolutions are not my jam. One year, probably when I was especially enjoying the drinks at the party, I declared my intention to run a 10k. One especially lovely party-goer, who herself had run a…
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Only Stand and Wait

I clicked on an email link this week, not expecting that it would contain video of a house being torn down. It was the house that my grandparents had lived in. A huge excavator swatted its claw and made it…
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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…