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Scott Hoezee

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Trajectories

My "The 12" colleague Jeff Munroe has a mighty fine blog from yesterday (July 23) that I urge you to look at.   I'll try to dovetail with--and not merely duplicate--his sentiments on the vaguely (or not so vaguely) over-the-top ways…
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Happy?

Two related articles in this past Sunday's New York Times caught my eye and have been rattling around in my head since I read them.    The first article made the familiar claim that more money does not necessarily buy more…
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Which is Worse?

If you are an exceptionally astute reader of “The 12” blog, you may recall that in one of my first blog posts last year I mentioned my having become a “mall walker.”  Most every morning I hoof it around our…
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No Small Fruits

Years ago when doing a sermon series on The Fruit of the Spirit, I noted to my congregation how relatively pedestrian some of the spiritual fruit seem to be. Who might have guessed that when detailing the evidences of the…
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Dear Rob Bell

Dear Rob: Please don't think I'm being snarky posting an open letter to you.  But the issues you've raised over the last year or so remain vital, and an incident yesterday powerfully put me in mind to review a part…
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Coercion?

Perhaps not all readers of "The Twelve" will be aware of it but in some circles within the Christian Reformed Church these past ten days there's been some serious dust-ups surrounding "The Form of Subscription." The Form is the document…
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The Wicked

A year ago I was sitting at my kitchen table face to face with a stack of 40-some sermons, each based on one of the Psalms.   In many of those sermons students struggled to write grace-filled, Gospel-saturated sermons on passages…
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The Paradox and Peril of Power

First, sorry for the overly alliterative title.  But for this post, those words really are the apt ones to invoke!  Like many people, I have been eagerly awaiting the next volume in biographer Robert Caro's series "The Years of Lyndon…
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Punish No More

Since this post will appear early in Holy Week 2012, my thoughts have turned toward questions of the meaning of Jesus' sacrifice.   In a seminary class the other day in a discussion on how to preach the Minor Prophets (what…
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Breaking One’s Spirit

For various reasons across the last year or two, I have been involved in some faith-and-science conversations.  One topic that has come up often of late centers on the "image of God" in humanity--there are lots of questions (as there…
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