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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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Valentine’s PhiloSophie

On this Valentine’s Day, please allow me the personal privilege of writing an ode to my wife of nearly 30 years.  Her name being Sophie means that I, for a long time now, have been practicing philosophy.     There are…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Voting for a Mormon

The January issue of Perspectives has two articles about the possibility of a Mormon president.  Jack Van Der Slik, emeritus political science professor from Illinois-Springfield writes “A Mormon President?” and Chad Ray, philosophy prof at Central College offers “Clumsy Comments…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Tim Tebow

Okay.  So this really isn’t about Tim Tebow.  I just wanted you to look.  It’s hard to imagine that there is anything left to say about Tebow, or God answering prayer, or celebrities witnessing for Christ.  I don’t have any…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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A Regular Reader Reports

So The Twelve-Reformed Done Daily is moving into its third month.  So far.  So good.  I’m told readership is strong and growing, although it can be a bit unsatisfying to post something and not receive much or any response.  Is…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Nicholas

I didn’t believe in Santa Claus as a child, and I raised my own children without any focus or emphasis upon Santa either.  We weren’t virulently anti-Santa.  It was more that he simply didn’t come up.  We didn’t tell Santa…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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The Path

I was staying in a hotel on one of those ubiquitous suburban strips—big box stores, gas stations, car lots, the usual suspects of restaurants.   Figuring it would be circuitous and challenging to drive the quarter mile to the restaurant on…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA