Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

Being Reformed and (Globally) Missional

Jessica is away today, and guest blogging for her is Drew Yamamoto. Drew is the supervisor of mission in Asia and the Pacific for the Reformed Church in America (RCA). I write, informed anew from yet another visit overseas, to…
August 27, 2012
Essay

My Summer Vacation: A Report

I spent an entire day yesterday with my departmental compatriots working on Student Learning Outcomes. This is merely the latest manifestation of the assessment mania now gripping our college--and higher education as a whole. Naturally I came home with a…
August 25, 2012