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Laura de Jong

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Last week we received a postcard in the church mail. No sender, no note – just this image on the front and our church address on the back. If you can’t see it clearly, it’s a photo of men holding…
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Anne Days

“Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”That quote greets me every morning. I stump downstairs to the kitchen, dump some food in the cat’s bowls and fumble around for the light…
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Wholeheartedness and Whole30

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like things are a little bit all over the place these days. I'm excited about a new ministry season. I'm sad it won't be exactly how I imagined it. I'm nervous about…
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Wonderpeople

Last weekend I had a transformative experience.Standing beside my friend’s tent-trailer, I suddenly became a different person. All because I was given a shovel, which I was instructed to hold upright, and when three-year-old Quinn made the proper chopping motion…
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Away Home

On Tuesday night the Toronto Blue Jays played their first “Home” game in their new home-away-from-home, Sahlen Field, in Buffalo, New York. Normally the home of Toronto’s triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, this summer the field is playing host to…
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Divine Comedy

I didn’t think I’d ever be chums with John Cena, but then I suppose Covid-19 has led us all into some surprising situations. Back in seminary, friends of mine collected life-size cardboard cutouts, like those you’d see in a movie…
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Swimming in the Detroit River

My aunt tried to cross the border last week. She’s a Canadian living in Germany with a daughter living in Michigan. She flew to Canada, quarantined at my parent’s house for two weeks, and then drove to the border, believing…
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Song Stories

One of my summer jobs in college was researching and compiling hymn stories – the history of composers, authors, tunes, and circumstances, for Hymnary.org. I love a good hymn story. I love the idea that the songs we sing today…
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Heavy Lifting

SaturdayPianos, it turns out, are heavy. Like, really heavy. Like, three days later, still feeling the back ache heavy.After three months of working out of my living room, I’m finally taking down my makeshift office space – a desk plunked…