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Kate Kooyman

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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…
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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…