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Scott Hoezee

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Our Only Comfort?

A pair of NY Times pieces in the past two weeks raise vital issues.   A week ago in an "On Religion" column, Samuel G. Freedman wondered where the humanists--those who now claim "None" as their religious preference--were in the wake…
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Home: A Sermon

Note: I realize this post is far, far longer than the average blog here on The Twelve.  But my turn for blogging here falls on Christmas Day and since I doubt folks want typical blog fare on Christmas--if folks visit…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Careless

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they…
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Grading Grace (or Grace Grading)

I envy math teachers.  I mean, when they have to grade a test or a quiz, they know at a glance whether it's right or wrong.  Shoot, they can sometimes feed quizzes into a machine that scores the thing for…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Too Moving?

My last post two weeks ago generated more comments than anything I've done on The Twelve.   So today I will shift away from all things political and think about preaching, thus returning things to normal where no one will comment…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Troubling Signs

As we enter the final week before we get through this taut political season, I have a question: Who is responsible for making and distributing those yard signs that say "Take Back Our Country in November"?  Since I see these…
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Curious

A colleague whom I respect very, very highly has a theory with which I disagree.  My friend thinks that it is fully possible to teach people how to be curious.   Even given an individual who evinces precious little by way…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Debates

Has watching political debates become kind of like the old line about how people watch car races only in order to see the crashes?   The day after this blog post appears on The Twelve we'll have the first of three…
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Meddlers

Over the past year I've had the privilege of being a guest co-host on the radio show "Groundwork," a show co-produced by the Christian Reformed Church's Back to God Ministries and the Reformed Church of America's affiliated radio ministry Words…
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Big Picture

Christians aren’t supposed to be proud persons.   Pride is a sin.   That’s why many people I know—even when they are doing no more than expressing their pride in someone else’s abilities or achievements—feel the urge immediately to throw in the…
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