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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,…
July 12, 2012
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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…
July 11, 2012
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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…
July 10, 2012
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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…
July 9, 2012
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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…
July 6, 2012
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Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Jerry: We're not gay!... not that there's anything wrong with that. George:  No, of course not. Jerry:  I mean it's fine if that's who you are. George:  Absolutely! Jerry:  I mean I have many gay friends.  George:  My father's gay.…
July 6, 2012
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Neighbor/Enemy

It seems like there’s been a lot happening lately and thus, many possible subjects for today’s blog. The old president at the University of Virginia got to come back, and a new president got to begin at Calvin College; figs…
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I Need the Eggs

This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken,” and uh, the doctor says, “Well why don't you turn him in?” And the guy says, “I would, but I need the…
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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