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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…
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Underdog

Most people say they pull for the underdog. Here at The Twelve, we see ourselves as underdogs in today’s world. Left versus right, each dug deep in their trenches, strident and shrill. Corporate sponsors pumping in big money to make…
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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

On the first day of school, I remember being handed a sheet of paper. Today we would say it was “landscape” format, wider than high. The paper was coarse, low quality. I think it had flecks of bark in it.…
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These Are the Days, a psalm for summer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lyve_egY8o# These are the days of the endless summer These are the days, the time is now There is no past, there’s only future There’s only here, there’s only now Oh your smiling face, your gracious presence The fires of…