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Trying Not to Be Political

"I have to go upstairs and write a blog," I said to my wife. "Whoa, wait. What are you going to write about?" She asked, as if I've ever written anything controversial. "You're not writing about politics," she said as…
November 6, 2020
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Prayers of the Saints

Here’s a conversation I had on Monday.Me: “I have to write my blog yet this week.”Friend: “What are you going to write about?”Me: “No idea. I feel like I have to wait to see where things are…who knows what we’ll…
November 5, 2020
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What’s Next

It is the day after the US presidential election. Votes have been cast. The polls have closed.At the time of writing, the results remain uncertain. We won’t know with any clarity until later in the week, perhaps later in the…
November 4, 2020
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Moving toward Hope

A couple or so weeks ago I realized with somewhat of a sinking sensation that I would be slated to blog here on The Twelve on the U.S. election day.   The sinking feeling part may not have been warranted.  I…
November 3, 2020
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A Tale of Andrew Johnson

The oft quoted and misquoted aphorisms about being doomed to repeat history have always confused me. History exists, as do similarities and differences with the past, regardless of what the current population “knows.” Also, since when are all similarities or…
November 2, 2020
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The Sabbath, Food, and Creation Care

He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the…
November 1, 2020
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Happy Birthday to Us!

Okay, so it may not be quite as momentous as the events of October 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, but...Nine years ago, on October 31, 2011, "The Twelve" -- the daily blog of The Reformed Journal made its debut on…
October 31, 2020
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Not Consumed

What does it mean, I wonder, to encounter a burning bush, flaming but not consumed, and hear nothing? Beauty manifests God, but what if God does not call your name out of the flames? Only silence. No appointment with destiny.…
October 31, 2020
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Revelation

"Some of them just got too big for their britches." People said that occasionally, that some farmers who went down during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, went in too big too fast and got blown off the land by a…
October 30, 2020
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A Prayer for the Fearful

Our God, our help in ages past, You have loved creation through it all.Through the rise and fall of every civilization.Through every pandemic.Through every human power -- just, and unjust. Our hope for years to come. In a year of…
October 29, 2020