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It’s About Time

Over the last three weeks I have suggested that a biblical understanding of the Sabbath involves much more than choosing what not to do one day a week. Instead it offers a set of values that are intrinsically counter-cultural, reverberating…
November 22, 2020
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Sabbath and Return Day: A Modest Proposal

Recent postings on this blog have invited readers of The Twelve to be faithful in honoring the Sabbath. Travis West (“The Sabbath, Time and Presence,” Nov. 16) challenged us to recover the recurring and renewing holiness of time as an…
November 21, 2020
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Ceilings and Suit Jackets

Two weeks ago, on a warm-for-November Saturday night, I sat in an Adirondack chair beside my friend’s fire pit, an iPad perched on a little folding table between us, waiting for Joe Biden to make his first speech after the…
November 19, 2020
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All Geography Is Spiritual

I walked through the tunnel which burrowed through a sand dune and opened onto a deck with a view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, this tunnel and this view a frequent destination for many of us who have grown up…
November 18, 2020
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The Pilgrimage of Faith

Let’s face it. We’ve been living in a sea of tumult. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted whatever “normal” may have meant. Life and death choices have greeted us each morning, deciding whether to leave the house, buy groceries, pick up…
November 17, 2020
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Beyond Reactivity

I’d just driven the three hours to my in-law’s house in Central California. The kids were happily getting settled in at Grandma and Grandpa's place. I decide to sit down and scroll through Twitter. The first thing I notice is…
November 16, 2020
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The Sabbath, Time, and Presence

And God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy.Genesis 2.2 The idea that God both blessed and sanctified the seventh day in creation is so familiar to us that we have forgotten how radical and counter-cultural the reality of…
November 15, 2020
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Gerald Bosch: A Life

It's all so understandable. From the vantage point of 75-plus years, the war seems ancient history. Besides, so many of those who fought had no desire to bundle up memories and lug them home in a service bag. Many wanted…
November 13, 2020
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Be Very Afraid

I’ve had a song stuck in my head since November 3. It wasn't until I read Laura de Jong’s lovely collection of poems in her post this week that it occurred to me. Based on the words of one of…
November 12, 2020