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A Regular Reader Reports

So The Twelve-Reformed Done Daily is moving into its third month.  So far.  So good.  I’m told readership is strong and growing, although it can be a bit unsatisfying to post something and not receive much or any response.  Is…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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Herod’s Long Shadow

Whether or not Herod’s “Massacre of the Innocents” in Matthew 2 is based on historical fact, and whether thousands of babies were killed or just a couple dozen, the account captures the swift response of earthly powers to the news…
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Rally Around

Books lying around the house are never safe from my readerly omnivory.  So naturally I grabbed up the book my husband received from his brother this Christmas: Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of…
Calvin University
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Endorsement

Case closed.  I'm an Iowan, once upon a time a Republican, and I am at this moment endorsing a candidate.  (Now please stop calling.)  I'd be walking across the floor at the caucus meeting when Ron Paul's name is announced…
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Incarnation: Theology in the Body.

The incarnation – This is the heart of my theology. The flesh: body, feelings, thinking, desire, touching, fighting colds, crying because of joy, butterflies in the stomach, eating healthy foods, drinking bold red wines, bruised knees, the mystery of walking…
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Realizations

"A good sermon turns even known truth into profound realization."   That is one of many striking lines in a fine New York Times Book Review essay by Marilynne Robinson published on Christmas Day.  Robinson's point in the piece was to…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Boxing myself on Boxing Day

Since the etymology of the title “Boxing Day” is unknown, might I suggest the name was coined to describe the violent behavior of the masses returning Christmas gifts and zeroing in on year-end clearance sales?  “Elbowing Day” might better cover…