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Rebecca Koerselman

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Why Either – Or?

If God incarnated himself in man, died and rose from the dead, All human endeavors deserve attention Only to the degree that they depend on this, I.e., acquire meaning thanks to this event. We should think of this by day…
Northwestern College
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My Favorite World War II Story

It wasn’t a surprise. After all, simple math shows anyone who remembered the years of World War II would be well into their nineties. Albert Havinga was born in 1921 in the city of Groningen in the northern part of…
Northwestern College
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Coming on Strong

I love watching World Cup Soccer. This summer, I have had the pleasure of watching elite women’s teams battle it out on an international stage. Of course it doesn’t hurt to be a fan of the most dominate team, the…
Northwestern College
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Memory and Posters

I love a good museum. Public history and historical memory are avenues of historical research that I enjoy exploring. Doing research in the archives is great, but visiting a museum with other people is a way of doing history that…
Northwestern College
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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