Harvey Dunn and the river rats

 The neighbors have that iconic Harvey Dunn ("The Prairie is My Garden")  up on their living room wall, bold and beautiful. Somehow, I'd almost forgotten the man, the artist, South Dakota's pride and joy. So on a little trip out…
September 7, 2012


I wanted to talk about figs today. Specifically, the figs in my yard. Or rather, in the church yard. That actually belongs to the neighbor lady. And about hope, and peace, and all that stuff. But that will have to…
September 6, 2012

RNC, DNC and Micah 6:8.

I’m wired to care about politics. Growing up, my parents taught us how to talk about religion and politics. My parents modeled how to thoughtfully engage the shaping of the city and how one’s faith informs how one will vote.…
September 5, 2012

Big Picture

Christians aren’t supposed to be proud persons.   Pride is a sin.   That’s why many people I know—even when they are doing no more than expressing their pride in someone else’s abilities or achievements—feel the urge immediately to throw in the…
September 4, 2012

Whatever Happened to Labor?

There is a dispute whether it was Peter McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters or Matthew Maguire of the International Association of Machinists who thought up Labor Day.  McGuire or Maguire, Labor Day was first celebrated by the Central Labor…
September 3, 2012

Easy Like Sunday Morning

I've been humming this song all week long.  Actually, I've just been humming the chorus - I admit, I don't know the rest.  It all stems from a conversation I had with a colleague.  Classes have started at Dordt and…
September 1, 2012

The Memory of St. Bartholomew

Just back from Paris, where I conferenced for a couple days and walked around for a couple more. Two sights struck me most: how very few overweight, much less obese, people you see walking around, and how relatively many women…
August 30, 2012

Another Devastating Flood

Seven years ago hurricane Katrina began its devastating assault on New Orleans.  Yesterday tropical storm Isaac (downgraded from a hurricane) continued to hover over that same city and the surrounding parishes. In and directly around the city of New Orleans,…
August 30, 2012

All That Glitters

  Here’s the thing: I was a very big fan of Lost, but I also knew were I ever in a similar situation that I probably wouldn’t have made it past the first week on the island (unless Jack had…
August 29, 2012

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Lynn Japinga is substituting for Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell while he is on sabbatical.  She teaches religion at Hope College and studies recent RCA history. Todd Akin’s recent assertion that normal female physiology is suspended in the case of rape has led…
August 28, 2012