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The Underlying Note of Joy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Musical Theology

April 19, 2021
The theologian and the musician in Bonhoeffer continuously interacted – not only in the sense that his theology informed his musical judgments, but also that his musical knowledge and sensibilities helped him to think through and express some of his most significant theological ideas.
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In Delight

Delight sneaks up on us in the middle of all that is intolerable, breaking in through despair.
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March 22, 2021

Accompanying Forward

These breakthroughs in reconciliation happen because Muslims and Christians have taken the time to walk together and accompany each other along the road of reconciliation to a new place.
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March 8, 2021

Learning Lament: Remembering Tina

Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?  – Elisha, 2 Kings 2 I’ve been thinking lately about the link between memory and sound—the aural shape of memory—and how certain sounds can send you falling headlong into different corners of your memory. There are simple ones like when you hear…
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March 7, 2021

Economy, Poverty, and the Earth: A Reformed Perspective on Neoliberalism

On his first day in office, President Biden sat at the Resolute Desk and signed a flurry of executive orders, many of them intentionally reversing his predecessor’s most contentious policies. With the swift stroke of the pen, permits to construct the Keystone XL pipeline were revoked and the U.S. was…
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March 7, 2021

The Voice in My Head Is Populist. And White.

Today, almost unmistakably, people in my tradition—people who have an ancestral distrust of government—find themselves susceptible to populist lines of argument. “They want to take away your freedoms” is a lightning rod in my community. It’s also a go-to populist line: “The elites are coming and they are going to…

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April 20, 2021

How to Pray

You place your hand on the pulse of the congregation, the nation, the world.
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April 20, 2021

Liminal Space

Richard Rohr says liminal space is "When you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer ... the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed."
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April 13, 2021

what can happen in a second

Connections, both simple and complex, can happen in a second.
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April 13, 2021

Lovesongs

There are as many different love songs out there as there are relationships.
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April 6, 2021

Amaryllis

Oh, whoever lit this winter sun must also love love.
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March 30, 2021

Sola Scriptura

The carvings, the windows filled with story. Flames and lilies at the altar, these too from Scripture.
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March 30, 2021

Soli Deo Gloria

And now in the back seat of my car as we travel to churches of his early ministry, find organs he once played and choir lofts filled with ghosts.
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March 23, 2021

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So much can be said in four lines.
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Schaap wins Sevareid Award from Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association

Congratulations to Jim Schaap, regular contributor to The Twelve. "The Story of Chief Standing Bear," a four-part series on "Small Wonders," his weekly feature on Siouxland Public Media took first place in the Audio-Documentary category/medium market -- radio. Listen to it here. https://www.kwit.org/post/standing-bear-story-omnibus

Hospital chaplain helps staff cope with Covid stress & trauma

“Things were so hectic, people didn’t really have a chance to say, ‘Hey, I’m hurting.' It took time. With PTSD and moral injury, when that tempo goes down, those things tend to come to the top."

The Making of Biblical Womanhood

NPR interviews Beth Barr, church historian, on her new book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth,

Seven years later, 111 Nigerian girls still missing

In 2014, 276 mostly Christian female students were kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist group. Some have escaped and some were rescued but 111 are still missing.

The Cost of Staying Silent

Kristin Kobes DuMez writes autobiographically on the messages she received growing up about women's leadership in the church

Talking With the Other Side

Philip Yancey offers three points to better and more civil conversations.

Why the church should fight anti-transgender legislation

These bills are not addressing any real problem, and they're not being requested by constituents. It is an effort driven by national far-right organizations to score political points by sowing fear and hate.

Hope Deferred

Carol Bechtel writes, "Hope, as it turns out, is amazingly elastic. By God's grace, it will stretch."

The path to ending the pandemic runs through the evangelical church

Franklin Graham cites the Parable of the Good Samaritan to encourage his followers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

What the World Needs Now

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WHITE SUPREMACY AND THE FATE OF THE EARTH

Randy Woodley on why our environmental crisis is rooted in a European worldview. The cure will require white humility.

Beth Moore Apologizes for Support of Complementarian Theology

In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Moore distanced herself from the evangelical view that men and women have distinct roles and that headship is a male role.