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The Morality of Meth and a Foot Massage

Imagine you if you had a violent drug dealer chained to a pole in your basement - the result of circumstances that got out of control.  You have two choices: let the guy go after he promises not to take…
Northwestern College
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Numbering Days

August is the sweltering month. At least that’s how I used to remember it. Maybe because my family, when I was a boy, would take its week’s vacation in August, and since the purpose of vacation was to escape the…
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Enough

Recipes seem to be a theme here at The Twelve of late (check out Debra Rienstra’s post, “Here’s What’s Cookin’” from last week). Since today is Julia Child’s 100th birthday, I had been planning on looking at a recipe myself…
Calvin University
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Here’s What’s Cookin’

A couple weeks ago, Jessica Bratt wrote about “curating” her stuff in the process of moving across the country. Her post had particular emotional resonance for me, as I have recently become the reluctant chief curator of an entire houseful…
Calvin University
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Mansions of glory

The shot is not sharp, but you get the picture.  That's the ocean out there in the background, and the foreground is Laguna Beach.  The house belongs to Robert A. Schuller, son of Robert H. Schuller, the televangelist of Crystal…
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Wrestling with Truth and Ideology

National Public Radio is doing a series they’ve titled “First and Main” visiting swing counties in swing states often near an intersection of First and Main Streets. Earlier this week on Morning Edition they were in Hillsborough County, Florida, an…