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Rebecca Koerselman

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Gender and the Bible, part 2

by Rebecca Koerselman Are men and women spiritually equal in the eyes of God? Are the souls of men and women of equal value? I am not the first, or likely the last, person who has been troubled by this…
Northwestern College
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Gender and the Bible: Part 1

by Rebecca Koerselman Are men and women spiritually equal, in the eyes of God? Are the souls of men and women of equal value? As a young child attending church and Sunday school, when I heard the pastor, worship leader,…
Northwestern College
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Marriage: Defined by the State or Religion?

By Rebecca Koerselman Almost everyone in American culture has been hearing and reading about marriage and its meanings in recent weeks. Marriage is constantly changing. Marriage has changed and evolved over time just like any other social and religious institution.…
Northwestern College
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Sporting Women

By Rebecca Koerselman While attending a women’s soccer game this fall, an acquaintance made the comment, “why would you come early to watch the women’s game? It’s just slower and not as good soccer.” I heartily disagreed. But this made…
Northwestern College
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Spotty Memories

  By Rebecca Koerselman If you are a historian, you are required to like museums. And musty old books in forgotten sections of the library. And tweed jackets with elbow patches. But back to museums: I am not saying that…
Northwestern College
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Gender Goes Camping

By Rebecca Koerselman When examining religious traditions, including my own Reformed tradition, I’ve been fascinated by the ways that parents attempt to pass their beliefs on to their children. Many parents and grandparents express fears and concerns about employing the…
Northwestern College
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Making Value Judgments

by Rebecca Koerselman Teaching history requires me to walk a fine line between understanding and judgment. On the one hand, I want my students to try to understand people, decisions, and events in the past. Why did people do what…
Northwestern College
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Looking at the Past with Rose-Colored Glasses

by Rebecca Koerselman Our first apartment, while small, contained a novelty I had never enjoyed firsthand: free cable. I rarely watched most of the channels, but discovered something wonderful when I found TCM: Turner Classic Movies. No commercials, just old(er)…
Northwestern College
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Musings of a (former) Roller Derby Queen

By Rebecca Koerselman When was the last time that you deliberately joined a group of people that you knew were different from you? While a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), I stepped out of my comfort zone…
Northwestern College
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Kiddos and the Bible

by Rebecca Koerselman Have you ever read the Bible to a child? Or teens? If so, how do you manage the dicey bits? Our two-year-old daughter especially enjoys the pictures of The Jesus Storybook Bible. We decided to read this…
Northwestern College