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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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Loyalty

Lynn Japinga is substituting for Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell who is on sabbatical. If you are desperate for more information about the RCA’s Synod of 1969, you can check out her forthcoming book, Loyalty and Loss (or whatever title the editor chooses),…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Stop Shooting

Jeff Japinga is substituting today for Lynn Japinga, who is substituting for Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell while he is on sabbatical. Jeff serves as associate dean for doctor-of-ministry and continuing-education programs at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and is moderator for the RCA’s…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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A People Who (Used to?) Belong …

Jeff Japinga is substituting today for Lynn Japinga, who is substituting for Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell while he is on sabbatical. Jeff is an ordained RCA minister currently serving as associate dean for doctor-of-ministry and continuing-education programs at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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What Not to Wear

I’ve received a surprising number of links and blogs about how ministers should dress. But the ones I’ve seen have been about street-clothes/civvies. As I recall, one author was inordinately enthralled with pocket squares. Really! I’d like more advice on…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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I Need the Eggs

This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken,” and uh, the doctor says, “Well why don't you turn him in?” And the guy says, “I would, but I need the…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Roadkill

In the spring of 2003, I went to Haiti for the first time with a group from our church. Like almost everyone who visits a developing country, I had my eyes opened and my heart stretched. There was plenty that…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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The Times They Are A-Changing

It is one of those hackneyed Christian questions, carrying just enough subtle guilt to fulfill most Christians’ need to feel shamed and inadequate, as well as keeping Christian counselors busy into the foreseeable future. “How many people have you led…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Uncommon Grace

Averagely scrumptious. Tolerably ravishing. Mediocrely luxurious. Do such phrases make sense you? How about “common grace.” A bit oxymoronic, perhaps? Is grace ever common and ordinary? As of late there has been much here on “The Twelve” about a possible…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA