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Mom’s Potholders

Before we kids left home, I remember spring and summer evenings as hours filled with checking on the garden, watching storms gather, sweeping the kitchen floor, and finally getting us kids to bed. When Mom and Dad became empty-nesters, however,…
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A Memorial Reflection

The absence of space startled me. The longer I stood there, the more I was struck by the weightiness of that lack of space. Next, I became emotional, which surprised me. I have been listening to the discussions and debates…
Northwestern College
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Sabbath and Hospitality

Read: Deuteronomy 5:12-15 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or you donkey, or…
Western Theological Seminary
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Quarter-Life Confessions

Debra Rienstra is away today. Please welcome our guest writer, Katerina Parsons, from our sister blog, the post calvin. Katerina graduated from Calvin College in 2015 with a double major in English writing and international development studies. She has lived…
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Treasures

Hattie says that just before her mother got married, she’d left the farm to start working in a grocery in Springfield, SD, where some young men “seemed suddenly to have a greater hunger for candy and cigars.” One of those…
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It’s Time to Raise the Bar

One of the things I look forward to with summer is some extra space to indulge in a little binge-watching on Netflix. I’m not much of a TV watcher, so even my binge habits are rather pathetic—it takes me a…
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Sabbath and Creation

Read: Genesis 2:1-3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:3 “It’s not all about you.” This caustic comeback has become something…
Western Theological Seminary