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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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It’s Only Natural

Ewwwh—that’s just gross!  It is wrong on so many levels.  I often hear people, Christians actually, making visceral comments like this about complex ethical issues.  Some argue that this instinctive, gut-reaction is a trustworthy guide to right and wrong.  I’m…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Builds Strong Bodies

“I grew up in a home where we believed in miracles.  We took the Bible literally—or at least we said we did.  We called my grandmother, with just a smidgen of pride, a ‘prayer warrior’ (wince) because she was known…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Off the Tracks

This is a story of two of my good friends.  They don’t really know each other beyond name and face, but their stories strike me as so similar.  Both grew up in the Christian Reformed Church.  Both here in Iowa. …
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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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