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Rebecca Koerselman

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Abide in Me, Gracious God

From a collection of Puritan prayers: Resting on God O God Most High, Most Glorious,The thought of thine infinite serenity cheers me,For I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed,   but thou art for ever at perfect peace.Thy designs cause…
Northwestern College
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Changing Our Minds

How often do we change our minds about a fundamental truth? The story of Peter Karpovich provides a useful exploration of how to recognize our own limitations with grace. Karpovich, a Russian immigrant with an interesting story of escape and…
Northwestern College
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Is Parenting Harder?

If you had to pick the worst era to be a parent, what would it be? Keep in mind you have all of human history to choose from. My guess is that many of us would avoid eras of extreme…
Northwestern College
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Jesus was an Indian

Charles Eastman’s story, first published in 1916, explains growing up Sioux in Northern Minnesota and Canada. At the age of 15, Eastman attended a Christian boarding school. He went on to become well-educated, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from…
Northwestern College
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The Slave Prison and the Church

Although Frederick Douglass is speaking in the context of the antebellum era, when the abolition movement had gained momentum and the nation wrestled with what to do about slavery, his words move me. I can feel his righteous anger at…
Northwestern College
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Blackface. Again.

The controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 year book photos has caused many to ask questions about blackface. Again. According to a recent headline from The Onion, a satirical news site, “Every Baby Boomer in Country Urged to Resign…
Northwestern College
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Invisible Leaders

Why are women in civil rights typically so invisible? There is some debate over the extent to which women served as organizers or leaders during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM). Charles Payne, in his study of activism in the Mississippi…
Northwestern College
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The Other America

To honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is fitting to read a portion of his speech, “The Other America,” presented April 14, 1967 at Stanford University: What I'm trying to get across is that our nation has constantly…
Northwestern College
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Steady On

There’s nothing like moving to give you concrete evidence of how much stuff you own. We moved from a rental to our own home and were forced to confront our possessions. Not only that, we had to pack it all,…
Northwestern College