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Happy Birthday to Dort

In an odd, little corner of the world that I sometimes inhabit, people are celebrating the four-hundredth anniversary of the close of the Synod of Dort. I don’t believe they’re celebrating that it finally ended. Actually, I’m late to the…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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A Poem-A-Day

When the Buildings and Grounds Superintendent signed up to read a poem, I knew we were onto something. We have a daily community gathering after chapel at Western Theological Seminary where we do introductions, announcements, and share prayer concerns. In…
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Who Are You Reading?

I was unaware of my inherent biases, and without conscious effort I’d simply slid into my own racial and gender echo chamber. And there were real implications.
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The Dilemma of Online Dating

Real people, with all their paradoxes and peculiarities, are so much more interesting than a profile. Sure, they make life more complicated, but they also fill life with wonder and wit and humor and eye-rolls and aggravation and delight and…
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Confessional?

Next month at its annual meeting, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church will receive an interim report from a study committee whose very name is nearly as large as its mandate: “The Committee to Articulate a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Abide in Me, Gracious God

From a collection of Puritan prayers: Resting on God O God Most High, Most Glorious,The thought of thine infinite serenity cheers me,For I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed,   but thou art for ever at perfect peace.Thy designs cause…
Northwestern College