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This Fractured Moment

Near as I can tell, there has not been a lot of engagement here on The Twelve with one of the biggest religious news stories in a while: the publication of—and then the reaction to—Mark Galli’s editorial in Christianity Today…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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A Transfiguration at Pine Lake

Nearly every summer since 1983, my extended family has rented summer cabins on Pine Lake near Wellston, Michigan. The cabins are what is left of an old lumber camp, the oldest ones made of logs and the “newer” ones of…
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Looking Backward

"You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward." ~ Soren Kierkegaard For a few of you, perhaps, the byline you just passed may or may not be familiar. The person it names spent 31 years as a member…
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Where is thy sting?

In another day and another time, the buildings crowded on the block made all kinds of sense. The school's own precious history makes clear that once upon a time the staff was entirely religious: "The Sisters of St. Francis of…
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Screentime: A Reckoning

We keep having the same conversation while we are adventuring around the country. It’s about technology and our kids. My sons both have (extremely old) iPads, and we use them almost every day. Lots of our homeschool methods are found…
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Inner Souls

In the summer of 2016, I took an inelegant tumble down a flight of stairs and broke my foot. Badly. So badly, in fact, that the injury even had a fancy French name to go with it. Which, as one…
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You’re My Dominee

Early on an August morning, I left our cottage in the dark to go see Peter. I drove up past Mountain Grove to get on Highway 7 (here the Trans-Canada) for the three-hour drive. Through Kaladar, Madoc, and Marmora, the…
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Famous Last Words

The stories of the wittiest are probably false. Oscar Wilde allegedly said, “Either this wallpaper goes or I do,” but those present reported nothing and it wasn’t until years later that the story of his wit in the face of…