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Thank You

We’ve all heard so many jokes and cracks about 2020. It can't end too soon. And behind the jokes are deep sorrow and outrage. At least, killer hornets don’t seem to have become too much of a thing -- yet.…
December 29, 2020
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He shoots! He scores!

Our annual fundraising week is over. To all who gave, thank you so much! To all of you who said to yourselves, “I really should do that” or “Maybe tomorrow…” this is a gentle nudge.During the campaign, the twelvers offered…
December 7, 2020
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Happy Birthday to Us!

Okay, so it may not be quite as momentous as the events of October 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, but...Nine years ago, on October 31, 2011, "The Twelve" -- the daily blog of The Reformed Journal made its debut on…
October 31, 2020
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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…
February 5, 2020
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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…
December 31, 2019
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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…
December 30, 2019
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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…
November 30, 2019
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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.…
October 31, 2019
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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,…
April 18, 2018
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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…
February 20, 2018