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Divisions

Once you find the road in—the place is very much out of the way--the signs tell the story. I’ve visited twice, often enough to guess the state of Kansas gives other historical sites first dibs on overall maintenance. Marais des…
December 4, 2020
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Communion of Saints

Q: What do you understand by “the communion of saints”? A. First, that believers one and all,as members of this community,share in Christand in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each membershould consider it a dutyto use these giftsreadily…
December 3, 2020
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The Gift of Self

By now you’ve read all sorts of reasons to support the Reformed Journal and The Twelve. You’ve read about the exciting updates coming down the line. You’ve read about the importance of Reformed voices in current conversations, about the rather…
December 3, 2020
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The Little Tweak I’m Looking For

This past August I begrudgingly became aware of a persistent, annoying lower back pain. It wasn’t until October that I admitted my usual exercises and tricks to alleviate back pain were not working. It was no longer simply an annoyance,…
December 2, 2020
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Morning Routines

Morning routines. We all have them. Unless you’re like Pentecostals and contemporary worship folk who say they have no order of worship or liturgy. They just do the same things in the same order every week.My morning routine includes looking…
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In This Time

Very few people alive today can remember a year like 2020. And most (if not all) of us who have lived through this year sincerely hope we won’t experience a year just like this one ever again. Mostly it’s been…
December 1, 2020
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Democratization of Christianity

When I talk with people about the history of religion in the United States, people have a wide variety of reactions. Many people are uncomfortable reading or listening to something that is different from what they believe, what they think…
November 30, 2020
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Sometimes

Sometimes the mostly RCA and CRC world of The Twelve can seem small. But the numbers of our humble blog tell a different story. The Twelve had over 61,000 views last month and one of our posts was linked by…
November 30, 2020
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Advent Is for the Excluded — Mary

"For nothing will be impossible with God.” - Luke 1:37 If I had to describe 2020 in a word, I would choose the word “isolated.” Or, perhaps “distanced.” Since the middle of March, the daily pulse of the news, and…
November 29, 2020