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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.…
December 28, 2017
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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…
December 26, 2017
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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…
October 31, 2017
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Even at the Risk of Scaring Some People Off

Comparing yourself to American Motors is probably never a good idea, especially when many of your readers reside in Michigan. For those who don’t know, American Motors was an automaker that disappeared from the face of the earth in 1987.…
August 29, 2017
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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…
August 7, 2017
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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.…
August 1, 2017
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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…
June 20, 2017
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Congratulations, Theresa!

Longtime blogger here on The Twelve, Theresa Latini, was named the first president of United Lutheran Seminary, with campuses in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, earlier this week. Dr. Latini has been serving as professor of practical theology and pastoral care…
April 22, 2017
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Bright Monday!

Polish children celebrate Bright Monday with a water fight! Bright Monday! Easter Monday. It is a tradition among some Christians—not so much Reformed, but especially Orthodox. This day after Easter is filled with jokes, hijinks, pranks, and assorted silliness. The…
April 17, 2017
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Vernal Equinox

Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is…
March 20, 2017