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Sometimes

Sometimes the mostly RCA and CRC world of The Twelve can seem small. But the numbers of our humble blog tell a different story. The Twelve had over 61,000 views last month and one of our posts was linked by…
November 30, 2020
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Advent Is for the Excluded — Mary

"For nothing will be impossible with God.” - Luke 1:37 If I had to describe 2020 in a word, I would choose the word “isolated.” Or, perhaps “distanced.” Since the middle of March, the daily pulse of the news, and…
November 29, 2020
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Truth Matters

“We live in a country in epistemological crisis,” David Brooks laments in his most recent op-ed in the New York Times. Brooks acknowledges that this is not just an American problem but has become a global crisis. “All around the…
November 28, 2020
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Brave Spaces

Panamanian golden frog I’ve recently learned that wildlife conservationists will sometimes remove desperately endangered creatures from their habitats in order to save their species. It’s called “arking”—as in: we are putting this species on an ark. The conservationists hope to…
November 28, 2020
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Why Reformed is What We Need Right Now

Why support the Reformed Journal? Because we need voices that advocate for a reformed, or reformational, perspective. There’s a form of Evangelicalism that is biblically and theologically robust and ecclesiologically necessary. Evangelicals point us back to the gospel; they tell…
November 27, 2020
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Hog-Hunting and Tote Bags

Got it this morning. Had no idea mature human beings could or would hunt hogs from helicopters, but this Texas outfit thought I might just take a shot.Ten years ago, we stayed at a gorgeous South Dakota hunting lodge, way…
November 27, 2020
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Not Feeling Grateful

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Often at our dinner table, my little family goes around the table and shares our day’s “highs and lows.” My…
November 26, 2020
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Permission Slip

This week is one of my favorite of the whole year. I adore everything about Thanksgiving. Always have. And here’s the thing: I spend pretty much every Thanksgiving alone. Don’t get me wrong: I had a wonderful time with my…
November 25, 2020
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Trouble in Providence

Someday I’m going to compile a list of “Christian words” which need a 200 year time out -- mothballed until they can be brought out again, fresh and new. Words that aren’t necessarily untrue, just exhausted, exploited, stretched almost beyond…
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The Church’s Future Is on the Margins

Over the past several months I’ve been doing a slow, unhurried read through the book of Jeremiah. It strikes me as the right book for this moment, a kind of literature for exiles in a dark time of national trauma.…
November 23, 2020