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Kate Kooyman

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Help Us Keep Sowing

Psalm 126 A song of ascents. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The…
November 17, 2016
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Standing (there) in Solidarity

by Kate Kooyman (with lots of help from Shannon Jammal-Hollemans and Kelsey Herbert) In the span of just one day, more than one million people used Facebook to “check in,” claiming that they were at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation…
November 3, 2016
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She Moves In Mysterious Ways

(Photo: flickr user Rolands Lakis) By Kate Kooyman When I was a kid, my aunt was babysitting me while my parents went out of town. She must have said something about God that piqued my interest, and I asked her,…
October 20, 2016
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Render Unto Caesar… If You’re Too Dumb Not To

by Kate Kooyman Christians, I’m confused about what we believe about taxes. Here’s why: during the Presidential debate, Donald Trump made it clear that he thinks it’s “smart” to take advantage of any loophole possible to avoid paying taxes. And…
October 6, 2016
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Refusing to Remember

by Kate Kooyman “Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.” This was said by George Erasmus,…
September 22, 2016
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When Jesus is (Fake) Sleeping

by Kate Kooyman When I had babies living in my house, I had a crazy brain from sleep deprivation. My husband and I laugh about it now, about the times in the middle of the night when I was so…
August 25, 2016
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The Challenge of Loving your Spouse

by Kate Kooyman (image by Flickr user ckhatri1) So many of my friends in the last few weeks have been populating their social media feeds with photos of them and their spouses, and touching notes declaring their love for one another.…
August 11, 2016
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Don’t Waste Your Election Season

by Kate Kooyman Photo credit: flickr user GPS We still have fourteen weeks to go before this torture is over, and I for one am weary. My friends are announcing Facebook sabbaticals and avoiding family reunions to escape the election…
July 28, 2016
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Stewardship of Power

by Kate Kooyman I remember coming home from a youth group mission trip to urban Chicago when I was in high school and agonizing over what was next for me. The trip had done its job: it had forced me…
July 14, 2016
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(Not) Studying Sex

by Kate Kooyman The Christian Reformed Church has appointed a committee of people to spend five years studying how to think more faithfully about human sexuality. I understand that this committee will mostly focus on how to think with more…
June 30, 2016