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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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Resurrection and Our Past

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is so mighty, so deep, so all-encompassing, it invites us to go into our pasts, and to wonder and to grieve, to reframe, to sort and to polish, to let go and to reclaim, to…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Heresies I Have Loved: II

beliefs and doctrines that are just beyond the pale. Nonetheless, they are attractive. They make sense in their own way. They are very close to the Gospel. Maybe that’s what makes them winsome. Maybe that’s what makes them dangerous.
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Martin, My Dad…and me

What does a guy like me, who’s lived a very white life, and who’s not a historian have to offer to Black History Month? Not much, in point of fact. My primary role is learner—to hear and to learn and…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Heresies I Have Loved

“A good sermon should skate right up to the edge of heresy. Make your point to the extreme. You’ll have other sermons to pull in the other direction. Dare to go out on the thin ice. You’ll hear some cracks…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA