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Love, Love, Love

The origins of Valentines Day are jumbled and uncertain. So much so that in 1969, the Roman Catholic Church knocked Saint Valentine’s Day off the calendar of holy days. Nevertheless, Valentines persists. Today is the day for flowers and chocolate…
February 14, 2017
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Winds of Change

Have you heard how money and support are streaming into Democratic and progressive causes since the election of Donald Trump? It worked the other way too. The NRA, for example, should give Barack Obama a Christmas ham for all the…
January 23, 2017
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Time to Make the Donuts

Late last century, Dunkin Donuts used it as their tagline—“Time to make the donuts!” The ads showed a faithful little baker working ceaselessly to be sure there would be fresh donuts every morning. Sort of like The Twelve. We have…
December 29, 2016
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Wolterstorff & Tuininga

A timely, interesting, and important conversation between Matthew Tuininga (Calvin Theological Seminary) and Nicholas Wolterstorff is available on the Perspectives site.  You'll want to take a look! Sexuality and the Gospel: My Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff by Matthew Tuininga Response…
December 5, 2016
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It’s Voice, Theirs

by James Schaap It was, as I remember, an Emerson, a tiny off-white boxy thing with a circular dial, maybe an inch or so bigger than a box of chocolate-covered cherries. That little Emerson sat up in a shelf-space my…
December 2, 2016
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The Scarlet Reader

by Sarina Gruver Moore I once joked to a class that I am a promiscuous reader. They looked at me like I was the Bad Influence their parents warned them about. “I’m quoting Milton,” I protested weakly. “And what he…
December 1, 2016
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“You have to read this.”

by Kate Kooyman I do a lot of speaking in churches about immigration -- and I often get a question about assimilation during those talks. Why does it seem like immigrants these days aren’t “becoming American” like they used to?…
December 1, 2016
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Dear Twelve Readers

by Jes Kast Dear Twelve Readers, Do you know how much I have grown to care about you? What started as a side blogging project for me has turned into a relationship with real readers who I am in communion…
November 30, 2016
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Generously Reformed

by Chuck DeGroat I’m grateful for this opportunity to appeal to readers of The Twelve to give generously so that Perspectives and The Twelve can continue to provide what I call a generously Reformed vision for life and faith. Let…
November 29, 2016
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There Are Lots of You Out There!

by Scott Hoezee My involvement with Perspectives goes back to the 1990s when I occasionally wrote articles that I was thrilled to get published. By the year 2000 I was invited to join the Board of Editors and then later…
November 29, 2016