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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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A Jesus-Shaped Hole in Our Hearts

I remember exactly where I was when I first heard the phrase. In a backyard Bible school. Yes, that was a thing for a while, holding Vacation Bible School in neighborhood backyards. Some sort of outreach emphasis, I suppose. “Everyone…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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The Room Where It Happened

I was in the room where it happened, to borrow from Hamilton-speak. The room where The Twelve was hatched. A quaint retreat center where the board of Perspectives was gathered, discussing how to use the web to engage more quickly…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Where the Bodies are Buried

Long term pastorates are often recognized and celebrated for the depth of relationships, the continuity and trust that develop over the years. Having served nearly 20 years in the same congregation, I can confirm that this is true and this…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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The End of Wedding Season

Wedding season is about finished. I presided at only one wedding this summer—a bright couple I’ve known quite a while. Officiating at such weddings can be so joyful and hopeful and meaningful. People you’ve literally seen grow up before your…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Grandpa, Galatians, and Gays

Albert Brunsting on his wedding day My grandfather died in 1971. He was “only” 74, but he seemed ancient to me. I was twelve years old. My memories are hazy and might better be called impressions. My grandfather wasn’t really…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA