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Scott Hoezee

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Laughed So Hard I Cried

We have all noted at some point the similarities between laughing and crying.  Despite representing opposites poles on the emotional spectrum, the manifestation of each has similar results.  Faces contort involuntarily, eyes narrow, noises emerge from us that are not…
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A Quieter Easter

What many Christians are going to miss most about Easter Sunday in five days are precisely the things the actual Gospels mostly also are missing.  Things like fanfare and the blast of brass instruments.  Things like flower-washed landscapes and high-pitched…
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Be Not Afraid

Some years back, before we even had The Twelve yet I think, I wrote an article in Perspectives on a strangely powerful benediction that Neal Plantinga and I had been using for some years.  Now seems a particularly apt moment…
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Sleepless Abundance

Today I will spend part of my afternoon teaching a class at the Handlon Correctional Facility near Ionia, Michigan.  Handlon is home to Calvin University’s only satellite campus where our inmate students are receiving Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees as well…
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Mercy

My professor of Pastoral Care, Mel Hugen, issued a very straightforward warning to us soon-to-be-pastors: Never say it cannot happen to you.  He meant the committing of a wide variety of inappropriate actions and sins but—no surprise here—he was mainly…
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Bearing Witness

Arthur Brooks and I overlapped one year in the same high school back in the early 1980s when Arthur’s father was a visiting professor for a year at Calvin College.  I did not know him very well but saw him…
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Overcoming the World

Yesterday was one of those odd collisions of events that can nearly be disorienting.  Starting Sunday afternoon and into Monday my social media feeds were clotted with tributes to NBA star Kobe Bryant who died with his 13-year-old daughter and…
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This Fractured Moment

Near as I can tell, there has not been a lot of engagement here on The Twelve with one of the biggest religious news stories in a while: the publication of—and then the reaction to—Mark Galli’s editorial in Christianity Today…
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Lived Stories

For some years now I have taken the two or so hours it requires to read the entire end-of-year edition of the New York Times Magazine. (I may have even blogged on this before.)  On the last Sunday of the…
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Advent Watching

In Anne Tyler's 2004 novel, The Amateur Marriage,  we witness a sad series of events. The book's main characters are Michael and Pauline, a pair of World War II-era sweethearts who get married and eventually have three children. But then…
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