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Scott Hoezee

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Successful?

The megachurch phenomenon is fraught with challenges and questions.  Increasingly we are also seeing not just one huge congregation that worships in a single cavernous space but churches with multiple campuses—sometimes over a dozen or so—where people gather and see…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Seriously, You’re the Greatest!

Perhaps it went largely unnoticed as Americans this past weekend were gearing up for a holiday weekend.  Still, something rather remarkable happened. North Korea test fired some ballistic missiles yet the President of the United States—right next door to North…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Confessional?

Next month at its annual meeting, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church will receive an interim report from a study committee whose very name is nearly as large as its mandate: “The Committee to Articulate a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Records

A high school classmate of mine died last week.   Now that my classmates and I have entered our mid-50s, the death of a peer, though still upsetting, maybe has a little less shock value than a couple of people who…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Holy Week Tuesday

Originally published in 2105, here is Scott's take for the Tuesday of Holy Week. Palm/Passion Sunday kicks off Holy Week every year but mostly we don't ponder much about what was going on with Jesus until we get to the…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Things in Common

            One of the more formative experiences of my life came when as a college student I was able to visit socialist East Germany some years before the Berlin Wall fell.  A key relationship that resulted from my time in…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Repent, then Welcome

Last week at a colloquium I attended, a colleague of mine originally from Mexico was describing my seminary’s highly successful certificate program designed to provide needed education and training to Latino/a pastors in our area.   The program has been up…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Losing Religion

If you have been involved in most any aspect of ministry in the church, then sooner or later you confront some tough realities. Probably pastors experience this more often--and perhaps more intensely--than do others in church leadership but sooner or…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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State of Our Union

State of Our Union Tonight the President will deliver the delayed State of the Union speech to Congress.  Its every word will be analyzed.   Pundits will tote up the number of times the speech was interrupted by applause, how many…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Wonderful World

After a long hiatus of anything resembling Winter, here in Michigan we have been back in the deep freeze the last few days with a blanket of snow finally covering up all those leaves we never raked last Fall (and…
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