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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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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
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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