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Rebecca Koerselman

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Sharing the Pain

Kate Bowler, historian and professor of American religious history at Duke Divinity School, published a piece in the New York Times called “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party.” It went viral and gave…
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With Malice Toward None

Politics and religion intertwine in interesting and troubling ways. As a historical figure, I’ve always found Abraham Lincoln a fascinating study in politics and religion. Lincoln makes use of religious language in his public addresses and many believe him to…
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Ethnic Festivals

The town where I live celebrates its Dutch Heritage each spring with a Tulip Festival. I am a big fan of eating ethnic foods, watching folk dances, and even having some contact with carnies (though in small doses). But ethnic…
Northwestern College
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Latent Hate and the Osage Murders

History can be downright depressing at times. And no, I’m not talking about reading final exams. In the book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI, journalist David Grann traces the story of the…
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A Modern Life Behind Glass

In the book The Shepherd's Life, author James Rebanks writes, “There is nothing like the feeling of freedom and space that you get when you are working with the flock and the dogs in the fells. I escape the nonsense…
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Eye Contact

When is the last time you made serious eye contact with someone? Not just a glance, but sustained eye contact. Does it make you uncomfortable? I will admit that I have had to work on making eye contact. I have…
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“Class Outside”

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in northwest Iowa, it’s still winter. It snowed most of the day and blew around the rest of it. It did the same about a week ago.…
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