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When a Pronoun is More Than a Pronoun

I work as an educator at a school associated with the Christian Reformed Church. I am also a regular reader of The Twelve. I’m writing anonymously, somewhat to protect myself, but much more so to protect my institution. Sadly, I’m…
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2019’s Most Popular

2019 was a great year here at The Twelve--thanks for reading, commenting, engaging, supporting, and caring! Here are the top five most read posts of the year "The Spirituality of Bob Ross" by Jason Lief (a 2018 post with incredible…
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Happy New Year!

2019 draws to a close. Thank you for your collegiality and support this past year. The Twelve is here for you, day after day. Before 2019 ends, we ask you to make a financial donation to support the work of…
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The Generosity Option

This story is true, but I have changed some details to protect identities, because revealing identities goes against the spirit of the story. A while back, my company went under new management and it didn’t take long for me to…
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502 and 8

We’re eight years old today! The Twelve first appeared on October 31, 2011. It was no coincidence we appeared on Reformation Day, the day Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.…
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With Taxes Now Behind Us

If you live in the United States, chances are that taxes, income taxes specifically, have been on your mind and part of your life in these last few days. Now that taxes are behind you—for a little while at least,…
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Perpetual Motion

People seem to have given up on the idea of a perpetual motion machine. But The Twelve is about as close as you’ll come. Day after day, a blog appears. Some you read. Some you skip. Some annoy you. Some…
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Mixed Motives

Reformed folk don't need to be embarrassed by mixed motives. What other kind of motives are there? As 2017 draws to a close, we hope you are motivated to express your gratitude to The Twelve and Perspectives with a financial gift.…
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Boxing Day

Boxing Day--in the United States, we’re never quite sure what to make of it. The tradition, we believe, is that today is the day you make a gift to your favorite blog, The Twelve, and journal, Perspectives! Perhaps you found…
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500? What About Six?

You’ve probably heard plenty about the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Nearly equal in significance, did you know that today is also the sixth anniversary of the…