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Stuff

I’ve got stuff on my mind. Literally, stuff. I’m moving this week (Boston to Nashville) and packing up my worldly belongings again. Stuffing stuff in boxes. As with previous moves, the transition is an opportunity to reassess, to sift through…
July 30, 2012
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Yes!

Remember this photo? The primal energy, the explosive joy—the controversy? Yeah, this photo was taken seconds after Brandi Chastain slotted a sweet penalty kick, winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the U.S. against China, 5-4. It was a moment…
July 27, 2012
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Zuni pueblo, circa 2310

  At least some of its features I could have guessed had I never opened the cover.  It's plainly and unflinchingly Christian, for one, everything but "Kumbaya" at the radiant climax.  The New Mexico missionaries, blessed with Dutch names, are…
July 27, 2012
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Pastor Got Swag

Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live. - Gianni Versace I’ve been planning on writing a post…
July 25, 2012
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Trajectories

My "The 12" colleague Jeff Munroe has a mighty fine blog from yesterday (July 23) that I urge you to look at.   I'll try to dovetail with--and not merely duplicate--his sentiments on the vaguely (or not so vaguely) over-the-top ways…
July 24, 2012
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We Can Do Better

In the aftermath of last Friday’s horrific events in Aurora, Colorado, I have heard several people describe the shooter as “pure evil” or “insane.”  No one seems to be asking if our society somehow shoulders any of the blame for…
July 23, 2012
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The Dark Night: Batman and Belief in God

Yesterday afternoon I went to see The Dark Knight Rises.  It was a surreal experience - watching the first 20-30 minutes of the film thinking about what happened in Colorado the night before.  I kept thinking that this is what…
July 21, 2012
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The Marriage Plot

James Bratt is away today, but we are glad to share Elaine Schnabel.  Elaine graduated from Calvin College with an English major last year. She's currently teaching English at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea and spends her spare time traveling,…
July 20, 2012
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Hospitable, Iconoclastic Prayer

Rev. Karin A. Craven is guest blogging for Theresa Latini. Karin is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a second year PhD student in the pastoral care program at Luther Seminary. Her ongoing interest in emotion and images is indebted to…
July 19, 2012