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Scott Hoezee

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All Belong: A Tribute

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” is a question asked of those who remembers that day.  What fewer people know is that wherever they were when Kennedy was shot, that is also where they were when C.S. Lewis died. …
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The Walls of Our Hearts

History is silted full of tragedies.  On the day I am writing this (a few days ahead of the just-past Labor Day holiday in the U.S.), my page-a-day calendar from the History Channel reminded me of the 16th anniversary of…
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Heresy and Alternative Facts

Fighting against heresy is a deep-seated part of church history.  We maybe don’t like to think of Christianity that way.  We prefer to present Christianity as the proclamation of Good News, of the Gospel, of peace and hope and joy.  …
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God’s Disruptions

Seventeen years ago Neal Plantinga created a summer seminar titled “Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching.”  I was privileged to be one of about twenty pastors who took the first version of this seminar, meeting four days a week across four…
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JWWM: Jesus Would Wear a Mask

Then the devil led Jesus to the entrance of the Jerusalem Farmers Market.   Jesus observed that most people were prudently wearing face coverings and masks to protect from a severe virus that had made many in the Holy City sick…
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Never Again

There have been several reflections here on The Twelve of late related to the current controversy over statues and memorials, including yesterday’s blog by my colleague Rebecca Koerselman.  In this blog I really don’t want to weigh too far into…
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Wait No More

Comedian Jon Stewart, original host of the Comedy Central program The Daily Show, may or may not have very many religious sensibilities.  Stewart is capable of some amazing comedy in the skewering of the day’s news—one thinks of the delicious…
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Breathe On Us

It was not lost on many of my fellow preachers on Sunday that on the very day we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Breath on the church, many black people (and people of all races and ethnic groups) in the…
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Conspiracies and Calvinism

Let’s stipulate up front: the two topics I will address here are not apples to apples.  Apples to oranges perhaps.  Or perhaps like what was pictured on the cover of the book Freakonomics: a Granny Smith apple with a slice…
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Beaches and Fear

If I come across any one of a dozen or so movies while channel surfing, I will almost always stop, pick up the movie wherever it is in progress, and finish watching it.  The Shawshank Redemption, The Untouchables, The Godfather,…
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