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Searching for the Fountain of Life

An ongoing conversation I have a friend who successfully manages his own stock portfolio and is constantly encouraging me to do the same. He has a knack for finding companies that are undervalued. A few years ago, he called and…
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Why Either – Or?

If God incarnated himself in man, died and rose from the dead, All human endeavors deserve attention Only to the degree that they depend on this, I.e., acquire meaning thanks to this event. We should think of this by day…
Northwestern College
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Sabbath and Slavery

Read: Exodus 31:12-18 The LORD said to Moses: You yourself are to speak to the Israelites: You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know…
Western Theological Seminary
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Pig-headed in Hog Country

Let me tell you a story: Fifteen years ago, I was in line at a grocery store, behind two Hispanic men checking out. The clerk—a high school girl—got frustrated because her customers had trouble with the English language. That she…
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Holy Ground

Arizona, 2015 I lower myself down onto the dusty ground in the shade of a withering tree. Surrounded by nothing but rocks, shrubs, and long stretches of desert in every direction, I welcome the rest at this stopping point --…
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Graced with the ordinary

Many of you are doubtlessly familiar with Mary Oliver's "The Summer's Day"--with its moving invitation to attentiveness and to relishing one's "one wild and precious life." But in these long days of "ordinary time," we might just need a reminder…
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The Incarnation Principle

“Hey, could you help me put together some key verses about women in leadership in the church, and maybe too, how to answer some of ‘their' verses? A complementarian guy I know wants to debate.” Wow! My mind spun trying…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Linda Ronstadt, Loss, and Life

In the fall of 1977, Linda Ronstadt came to Michigan State University. In those innocent days, concert tickets were sold at the box office. I was in a group of guys who camped out the night before the tickets went…
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Sabbath & Sunday

Read: Luke 4:16-22 When came to Nazareth… he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. When I was a teenager, I remember my grandmother saying to me, “Carol, pretty soon you’re going to have to…
Western Theological Seminary