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Nourishing Narratives

Warning:  If you do not wish to know details about the film, Brave, today’s blog is not for you.  Please come back tomorrow.    Shelagh Gordon  We often talk about the power of story, but how do we actually know which…
Calvin University
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What Not to Wear

I’ve received a surprising number of links and blogs about how ministers should dress. But the ones I’ve seen have been about street-clothes/civvies. As I recall, one author was inordinately enthralled with pocket squares. Really! I’d like more advice on…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Of Gods and Men

Today, a movie recommendation. “Of Gods and Men.” It is hauntingly beautiful.  Here’s the trailer: Based on true events, the film depicts a small group of French Trappist monks in Algeria, who in 1996 grapple with how to respond to the…
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Further Up and Further In

I was talking to a writer friend the other day who told me she had just finished a manuscript about a lovely older gentleman who, in the course of treatment for a rare medical condition, had a vivid, detailed near-death…
Calvin University
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John Calvin’s birthday

My father never called himself a Calvinist, and neither did my mother, which is not to say that they weren’t.  If you would have asked them what Calvinism was, my guess is they would have hunched their shoulders, then answered,…
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Crack House Church

A couple evenings ago Jay Bakker, Peter Rollins, two friends from Michigan (one of whom happens to be Jay's co-writer and Peter's editor), my spouse and I were in Brooklyn enjoying a meal together. I have been fascinated with Peter's work…
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Happy?

Two related articles in this past Sunday's New York Times caught my eye and have been rattling around in my head since I read them.    The first article made the familiar claim that more money does not necessarily buy more…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Uncle Cliff

One of the first times I met Cliff Anderson he was sitting in a chair in the corner of my college dorm room eating a pineapple.  I remember both of us laughing when our hands stuck together, a result of…
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A Humble Petition

A Humble Petition To the One Who Sits Above the Cherubim and Seraphim, Commander of all Angels and Archangels, Refuge of the Martyrs, Hope of the Saints;   On the Occasion of the 236th Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence…