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Taking Stock

    Our guest writer today is my friend and colleague Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter, pastor of Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York. Daniel's Old First blog can be found here. Thanks Daniel, and happy birthday. My best…
July 2, 2012
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Our pastor’s last Sunday

  Almost forty years ago, we went to the very same church, the very same building, that is, except it was, back then, a different congregation.  It was First Church, no less formidable than any fortress out here on the…
June 30, 2012
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The Long Slog

          “So how long is Pentecost season supposed to last?” I asked my worship-wonk husband the other day.      “Well, Pentecost isn’t really a season. It’s a feast day.”      “So you mean everything after Pentecost is actually ordinary…
June 30, 2012
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The Comfort of Certainty?

The views and opinion expressed here are not necessarily those of the staff or management of Perspectives magazine. It sort of goes without saying… But sometimes we need to be reminded. Over the last couple of months, my thirteen and…
June 28, 2012
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Divine Pathos and Recommendation 56

I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God… So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. -T.S. Elliot (Picture: Kathe Kollwitz' "Lament" (2318-1940)…
June 27, 2012
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Which is Worse?

If you are an exceptionally astute reader of “The 12” blog, you may recall that in one of my first blog posts last year I mentioned my having become a “mall walker.”  Most every morning I hoof it around our…
June 26, 2012
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RCA Overtures and Following the Money

“Follow the money.” If you are of a certain vintage, you recall “Deep Throat” saying those memorable words to Bob Woodward in a dark DC parking garage in All the President’s Men. Over the years, I’ve found that advice has…
June 25, 2012
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America

I enjoy arguing about politics with my Canadian friends.  It doesn't matter the topic - it always comes back to George W. Bush. Never mind that in the arena of foreign policy President Obama has out Bushed Bush (baseball cards…
June 23, 2012
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Garrison Keillor, Mystical Maestro

I’m on the road conferencing this weekend, hangin’ with the Swedes at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. More precisely, giving a talk at the eighth biennial gathering of the Augustana Heritage Association, the Augustana Lutheran Synod having been,…
June 22, 2012