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Laura de Jong

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The Greatest of Songs

I want to take back the Song of Songs. I want to take it back from its designation as “Wedding material.” I want to take it back from sniggering high schoolers. And I want to take it back from the…
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Of Cats and Whales and Souls

Bear with me for a moment. I’m going to equate the soul to my cat. Perhaps a little context first. I’m preparing to lead my church’s council retreat on Saturday. I’ll be using the book Know Your Story and Lead…
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The Christian’s Syllabus

Read: Philippians 3:1-11 I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8 I just read Debra Rienstra’s delightful exposition on the course syllabus. While some students may ignore that document, syllabus…
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Little Things With Great Love

Read: Psalm 19 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s…
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Standing Stones

Read: Joshua 4:1-9 When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant…
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A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Last week I was gifted the library of a local, retired pastor. Rather than donate the books to a bookstore, he wanted them to go to a young pastor he could meet personally. I was touched that he and his…
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The Dilemma of Online Dating

Real people, with all their paradoxes and peculiarities, are so much more interesting than a profile. Sure, they make life more complicated, but they also fill life with wonder and wit and humor and eye-rolls and aggravation and delight and…