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Being Reformed and (Globally) Missional

Jessica is away today, and guest blogging for her is Drew Yamamoto. Drew is the supervisor of mission in Asia and the Pacific for the Reformed Church in America (RCA). I write, informed anew from yet another visit overseas, to…
August 27, 2012
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My Summer Vacation: A Report

I spent an entire day yesterday with my departmental compatriots working on Student Learning Outcomes. This is merely the latest manifestation of the assessment mania now gripping our college--and higher education as a whole. Naturally I came home with a…
August 25, 2012
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Brave New Church

Jes is away today, and her husband Jim is pinch-hitting. Jim Kast-Keat is a divergent thinker, ideation specialist, and aspiring minimalist. He is, among other things, a writer, speaker, theologian, photographer, and all around good guy. (Also, he always wears a shirt and…
August 22, 2012
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Progress?

In the grand scheme of things the year 1880 was not really all that long ago.   In my lifetime I’ve been privileged to know three of my great-grandparents, and each of them had been born within only a few years…
August 21, 2012
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The Difference This Time is Ryan, not Religion

With the recent announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, the major party slates are set and the choice before us has been defined as sharply as any in recent electoral memory.  Some Christian voters – especially…
August 20, 2012
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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…
August 17, 2012
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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…
August 17, 2012