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Slow Down

To slow down,to halt,to cease,to Sabbath. I talk of you as a dream,only to encounter your nightmare.In you I find all I have been running from.The frantic move of the herd, still unaware of our predator. But when we cease,we…
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Singing the Eden Call

The album’s “ecologically themed worship songs” have a three-fold purpose: to “celebrate the wonder of creation, acknowledge our failures, and anticipate a glorious restoration in Christ.”
Calvin University
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What to see at Little Big Horn

The hill where Custer died "When you get to the Visitor's Center, look for the blue dress--it belonged to Judy's grandma," she told me. “Judy” is her friend. I’d just met both at the mission school—middle-aged, Northern Cheyenne women. "Both…
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The Bible Is Not a Weapon

“The Bible says that ‘for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven...a time to heal, ...and a time to build up.’ That time is now. In the midst of a global pandemic, economic hardship…
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Literally

It’s hard to know what words are left to say about recent events—it’s difficult to begin writing, not knowing what might happen mere hours from now. I’m sure there are many good and necessary words, but I am less confident about what…
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The Dutch and John Wayne

The United States Post Office in Pella, Iowa is a little jewel. The small but stately red brick colonial structure sits just off the town square. It was built in 1937, as part of the New Deal, long before Pella’s…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Power, Self Preservation, and the Cross

II Samuel 11: In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.…
Northwestern College
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Garden of Delight

The sweet taste of sunlight.Cold creek on the shins.Colored-tailed soaring in the heavens.Who knew these were the medicine my soul needed,breath into my ever tightening chest.See, I have been given new eyes with which to know an old Creation.Has it…
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The Tyrant Fool

I was working on a piece about Nebuchadnezzar on Wednesday afternoon when the world shifted. My wife called, and I watched the goons running amok around the Capitol for a few minutes until my disgust sent me back to my…