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The Loneliest Number

The group Three Dog Night had it right: “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”   They may also have been onto something in the next lyric: “Two can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since…
Calvin Theological Seminary
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Loaves and Fishes in the Bronx

It’s always lovely when life kinda follows a biblical sort of narrative. And I probably tell more stories that end up with love and joy and peace. Those are the stories I share. I don’t usually talk about the time…
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Would You Just Put a Cork in It?!

Over the phone she said there were some specific things she wanted to talk about when I visited. I wasn’t surprised. Another member, who interacted with her regularly, had indicated that all was not well. I began to wonder, and…
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Refugia in Review

Refugia are places where we are content to be small for a while. To wait, to be quiet, to practice simple virtues like hospitality and empathy. To build capacity on a small scale to prepare us for regrowth.
Calvin University
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On this night, back then. . .

What do we know about her? She was just a kid really, no more than two years old, but she was cutting edge, a propeller-driven steamer built for the Great Lakes in Buffalo, NY, where thousands of European immigrants would…
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Stop Believing

It’s really hard to concentrate on anything except these impeachment hearings, but I’ll offer this bit of good news: apparently following Scripture is not a crime in the United States. Twelve jurors acquitted Scott Warren this week, a humanitarian aid…
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An Apple in an Overgrown Orchard

My doctors have told me that I can help myself in my fight against lymphatic cancer by eliminating sugar from my diet, eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising. So I have been trying to do just that. Eliminating sugar…
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God is not Binary

“Why stop at three?” This was the question a Jewish religious scholar raised about a set of essays on the Trinity. It’s been many years now, but if I remember correctly his contention was somewhat akin to Gerard Manley Hopkins…
Second Reformed Church, Pella, IA
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The Blessing and the Limp

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob…
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Slaughter of the Innocents

Mary and I were up and out of the house early that cold fall Saturday morning. It was the determined date to gather with some of our closest friends in this area to take part in what had become an…