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Scott Hoezee

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Johnson&Johnson&Jesus

If you have gone to most any news or newspaper website in the last few months, then you know that you have not needed to look for long before you read something about vaccines.  Most days you don’t even need…
March 2, 2021
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Gravitating to Shalom

A C-SPAN video has gone viral (how often can you say that!?).  It was shot Friday morning outside the White House where First Lady Jill Biden and her husband—along with the dogs Champ and Major—were taking a walk.  The First…
February 16, 2021
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Doormats, Serpents, and Doves

A recent article in the New York Times addressed the troubling rise of a militant form of Christian Nationalism and how prevalent—and visually obvious—this was at the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  In the article the author quoted…
February 2, 2021
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Sure Enough: Words Matter

What to write?  I have often asked myself that question every other week when my turn to post a blog here on The Twelve comes along.  Twice in the last 2 years it fell to me to post on Election…
January 19, 2021
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The Most Bitter Truth

This week’s focus on the Congress in the United States—and particularly on the Senate—sent me back to Robert Caro’s book Master of the Senate (Knopf, 2002).  This is the third volume in a planned five-volume biography on Lyndon B. Johnson…
January 5, 2021
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Let It Be

For this Christmas Day 2020 I offer this meditation/sermon from Luke 1:26-38: Those of us who are parents, grandparents, uncles, or aunts all know what it is like to watch our children when they are in the spotlight. Maybe it's…
December 25, 2020
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The Worst in Us

Experts from the fields of psychology and neurology claim that our memory is susceptible to error.  Sometimes we are sure we remember something that we actually never encountered.  I saw a click-bait sort of article recently that listed 10 things…
December 8, 2020
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In This Time

Very few people alive today can remember a year like 2020. And most (if not all) of us who have lived through this year sincerely hope we won’t experience a year just like this one ever again. Mostly it’s been…
December 1, 2020
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Moving toward Hope

A couple or so weeks ago I realized with somewhat of a sinking sensation that I would be slated to blog here on The Twelve on the U.S. election day.   The sinking feeling part may not have been warranted.  I…
November 3, 2020