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Foreword by Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura operates on a different plane than I do. His art is exhibited worldwide, best-selling author David Brooks refers to him as “my friend” in books and New York Times columns, and Mako even worked as an advisor to…
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Preschool Theology I

I complain about my children most days. They are fabulous little human beings, but there are just so many of them. I have a five-year-old, Oscar, and twin three-year-olds, Hazel and Mae. It turns out I’m not particularly well suited…
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Rediscovering Religion as an Adult

As a historian of American religion, I’ve always been fascinated by the ways religion has changed over time--how it’s shaped society and been shaped by society in return. Increasingly, I find myself deeply interested in people’s personal histories of religion,…
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The Table

The table came with the house, and like the house, it was old, a little tired, and rather nondescript. With the table came four mismatched chairs, which we accented from time to time with Richard’s desk chair that leaned so…
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Poemed and Pronouned

As regular readers of my Twelve contributions know, I read to my daughters every night from the diaries I kept when I was their age. A couple of nights ago, I found a little gem from September 29, 1988. Tucked…
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Surprising Evidences

We are in quite a moment in the United States (though the world is looking on curiously and even anxiously).  The launching of an impeachment inquiry is, if not exactly a historical rarity, unusual.  The Republic was 92 years old…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Questions are the Answer

After World War II, colleges were full of GIs securing the benefits of the 1944 Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (the “GI Bill”). Benjamin Samuel Bloom, a professor of education at the University of Chicago, worked with colleagues to organize the multiplicity…
Northwestern College
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Word of the Lord, Thanks Be to God

“It’s disturbing to recognize that in the Noah story, God does the same sort of thing that the Babylonian gods do in their flood story.” That’s what she said, this bold and thoughtful student in world lit class. We had…
Calvin College