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The Most Difficult Job in the World.

I was in DC this past week for some meetings with a few national faith leaders. One of the leaders we met with is Pastor Gordon Cosby who has dedicated his life to serving God and loving all of God’s children.…
September 19, 2012
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Meddlers

Over the past year I've had the privilege of being a guest co-host on the radio show "Groundwork," a show co-produced by the Christian Reformed Church's Back to God Ministries and the Reformed Church of America's affiliated radio ministry Words…
September 18, 2012
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Dad was Born in Mexico

“Dad was born in Mexico.” It’s been a few weeks, but that line, from Mitt Romney’s speech at last month’s Republican Convention, made me sit up and take notice like I do every morning after the third push of the…
September 17, 2012
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Peter Rollins is Coming to Dordt College

Ok, Ok... so this is a shameless plug.  Guilty.  You'll have to cut me some slack - I've been planning a conference that will be held at Dordt College this November on the topic of Christianity and Popular Culture.  Last…
September 14, 2012
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Desperately Grasping for Security

As I listen to presidential politics, analyses of our economy, and responses to the recent attacks on US embassies (and the death of an ambassador and others), I’m reminded again and again that we live in a world riddled with…
September 13, 2012
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Blessed Are You

Today's guest blogger is Dr. Mary Hulst, Calvin College's Chaplain. Mary spent eight years serving as the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids before leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in communication ethics from the University…
September 12, 2012
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September 11, 2001: A Memory

Lynn Japinga is substituting for Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell while he is on sabbatical.  She teaches religion at Hope College and studies recent RCA history. Eleven years ago, on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was teaching a class on American…
September 11, 2012
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Breadwinners

I heard about the Election Day Communion project in a recent newsletter of Christian Churches Together. It caught my attention this week because it seems like a much-needed antidote to the rhetoric of work that is saturating political discourse. Let me…
September 10, 2012
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Woo Me with Facts

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the cause of good rhetoric: two national conventions with a wearying parade of over-fluffed speeches, the ensuing frenzy of talking-head analysis and petty push-back between the parties on every little point, and…
September 8, 2012