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Scott Hoezee

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Important Place: Part II

Two weeks ago I did a short blog here as part of our annual fundraiser (and thank you to all who chipped in!).   In it I described “The Reformed Journal” and “The Twelve” as an important place to discuss ideas…
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An Important Place

When I was in seminary, I was very well aware of the magazine the Reformed Journal but had not yet heard much about its Reformed Church in America doppelganger Perspectives. The RJ, however was a much-respected journal where giants roamed…
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People, Not Things

Some years back there was an advertisement in Fortune magazine that depicted a chauffeur standing next to the open door of a limousine. The caption on the ad was: "Drive yourself today, be driven tomorrow. Let Fortune show you how."…
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These Times

As the schedule would have it, election day in the U.S. coincides with my turn here on The Twelve.  I spent a long while Monday morning staring into space, wondering what to write. It would be great to bracket and…
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Our Pastor

Some years back I had the privilege of doing an on-stage interview with Rev. Eugene Peterson at the Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College.  Like most pastors I know, I had long found that Peterson's writings fed my…
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Now I See

My friend Frederick Dale Bruner loves teaching the big narratives in John's Gospel.   When he and I used to do a preaching seminar together, a favorite story Dale taught was of "The Man Born Blind" in John 9.   Or as…
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Being in Church

Years ago I had a page-a-day calendar that featured each day a quote from some semi-famous person or another.  I can't remember to whom this was attributed but someone on one of those pages that year said "Being in church…
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Look at This

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege of being the featured teacher at "The School of Preaching" held at a church in Nairobi, Kenya.  Having the opportunity to speak with, teach, and interact with around 175 pastors…
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Unfinished War

Recently here on The Twelve, colleague Jim Bratt gave a glowing review of Ron Chernow's brilliant new biography Grant.  Among other things, Bratt noted that even as David McCullough's bio of Harry Truman went a long way toward rehabilitating Truman's…
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Teaching to Pray

The summer seminars I help to lead often provide fodder for this blog.  That was the case last month after a seminar in Colorado.  And it is true now again following last week's seminar "Addressing God: How Preachers Encourage Vibrant…
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