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Abraham Kuyper for a Secular Age

May 16, 2022
Kuyper’s name and ideas (or at least versions of them) have spread beyond the confines of the Dutch immigrant denominations that originally laid claim to him, into the broader evangelical culture.
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The Real Question in the Abortion Debate

Beneath this contorted, soundbite driven, raging debate is, in my view, the real question: When does a fertilized egg in its development acquire, in the view of the state, the status of a full human being deserving constitutional rights and protections, like any other person?
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May 2, 2022

The Human Sexuality Report: What Does Scripture Condemn and Condone?

Exactly what is the harm being done to anyone’s neighbor by the relationship of an LGBTQ couple? On the contrary, the harm we do to these brothers and sisters when we ostracize and condemn them is obvious. The HSR advises that the church declare that these brothers and sisters have no place in the church or the Kingdom of heaven. Shame on us if we make such a proclamation.
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April 25, 2022

Cane and Able: A Retrospective Leading Me Somewhere

My work with RCA Disability Concerns has forced me to wrestle in deeper ways with ableism—the subtle, pervasive bias evident in attitudes, actions, or systems that consider a person with a disability as defective, broken, and “less than.” When I was hired in 2009 to launch this new RCA ministry, I resisted emphasizing the church's many ableist practices because it seemed too difficult to start there. But as I’ve observed and repeatedly experienced ableist practices and systems over more than…
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April 18, 2022

The Voice of your Brother’s Blood

Watching and listening to Eitan Haber, I felt the past and the present collapsing into each other. We were reliving the drama of Cain and Abel. Yigal Amir had murdered Yitshak Rabin, his brother in the faith, and Rabin’s blood was crying out to us from the text of Shir L’Shalom. One drama was interpreting the other. Rabin’s blood was crying out for peace and reconciliation, and I began wondering what the blood of Abel might have been crying. What…
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April 11, 2022

Missing Easter

The theme I should have preached is that hardly anyone gets it right away. Like the disciples, most of us are a little slow. I was definitely on the slower side. Faith takes a while, sometimes a very long time, which doesn’t make for a rousing Easter sermon, the kind I thought I was expected to preach. It wasn’t until the sun was high overhead that a few of the earliest disciples began to catch on, and even then there…
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April 4, 2022

Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough

We do have a gun violence problem in this country. In my view, both action and prayer can be appropriate ways to respond. But prayer alone, without active response has literally never worked to bring healing and wholeness to systemic issues in the United States. Ever.
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March 28, 2022

Lean into the Power of Story

As a psychologist, I also know it is never too late to change and create new habits! Oh, to experience the mystery of God’s word as I did as a child—what a pleasure that would be—as would sharing that with the youth of today.

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    May 16, 2022 Daniel Meeter
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    Baring our weakness, weariness, and anxiety — the marks of living in our broken world — may be the only signal to weary and anxious neighbours that our God welcomes these things
    May 15, 2022 Adrian de Lange
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    May 14, 2022 Mark Waterstone
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    May 12, 2022 Tim Van Deelen
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    Other official church positions are not taken as seriously and do not receive the same attention or policing, as evidenced by the fact that violations are widely known and tolerated.
    May 11, 2022 Kevin Timpe
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Many of your sisters and brothers stay inside the pod huddled together ...
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May 17, 2022

Spirit of God

What if the Spirit of God just appeared to me right now, and it was in a flock of wild turkeys?
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May 10, 2022

Veiled Chimera

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May 3, 2022

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Old white oak, are you better-looking in the winter? Your rounded crown is tufted pale-green gray with lichen.

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March 3, 2022

April Fiet

In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell has a conversation with April Fiet, co-pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Scottsbluff. April is the author of The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls and a lover of creativity and delight in life. Steve and April talk about a whimsical crochet project that caught the attention of the Washington Post and MSN, as well as the four "dances" of The Sacred Pulse. You can find more of April's work at aprilfiet.com.
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February 24, 2022

Jon Pott

In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Jon Pott, former editor-in-chief of Williams B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Jon has had a long career in the Christian publishing industry and has worked on numerous influential volumes, including Eerdmans' Contemporary Writers in Christian Perspective series. Listen to this episode to find out how Jon found himself in the publishing world and hear stories about the interesting people he has collaborated with as an editor.
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December 16, 2021

Jim Schaap

In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell chats with Jim Schaap, writer and retired Dordt University professor of English. Jim has authored novels, devotionals, and a history of the Christian Reformed Church, and continues to write for his daily blog, as well as hosts the podcast Small Wonders on NPR. In this conversation Steve and Jim discuss the roots of Jim's creative energy, his mission-oriented approach, and his fascination with the Great Plains, the Ghost Dance, and Native American rights, the subjects…
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October 21, 2021

Jeff Crosby

In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Jeff Crosby, President and CEO of the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. Jeff C has been involved in the Christian publishing industry for nearly four decades, including 5 years as Publisher for InterVarsity Press (IVP). Listen to this week's conversation to hear about how Jeff C found himself in the Christian book business, Jeff's time at IVP, and the future of Christian publishing, as well as get great book…
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September 23, 2021

Neal Plantinga

In this episode, Deborah Van Duinen talks with Cornelius (Neal) Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian worship at Calvin University. Neal has written several books, including Not the Way It's Supposed to Be (Eerdmans, 1995), Christianity Today's 1996 "Book of the Year," and Engaging God's World (Eerdmans, 2002), the 2003 "Book of the Year." Deb and Neal discuss his newest book, Morning and Evening Prayers, why more Christians should use published prayers, how Reformed theology informed…
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September 9, 2021

Gayle Boss

In this episode, Deborah Van Duinen, book review editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Gayle Boss, author of All Creation Waits (2016) and Wild Hope (2020). Gayle shares the stories behind the Advent and Lent devotionals rooted in her deep love for God's creatures, as well as how we can become better caretakers of Creation. More information on Gayle's work can be found at gayleboss.com.
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Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead the National Council of Churches

The recently retired Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church named the interim president of the NCC.

Unspeakable Violence

Kristin Kobes Du Mez writes on Saturday's horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York; "replacement theory;" and silence of conservative Christians.

“This Present Darkness” — how a Christian fantasy series formed today’s conservatives

Frank Peretti's novels of angels, demons, and corrupt liberal elites, now seem like reality to some Christians.

What a Post-Roe world might look like

Abortion rates are already quite low. What might an end to Roe mean?

The hate you receive might be equal to the hate you give

When you're attacking Tim Keller as too soft and mellow, it might be a sign American evangelicals have gone too far -- so says conservative David French.

The Seismic Shift, Tom Hanks, QAnon, and a Pastor Departs

An Arkansas pastor's departure demonstrates the strident extremes increasingly found in the white evangelical church. By Ruth Graham in NYT.

Segregation, not abortion, as the impetus of the religious right

A look back at the racist roots of the religious right in this 2014 essay from Slate.

Jonah and the Worm

Carol Bechtel goes to the root of the Jonah saga. The worm gets his 15 minutes of fame!

How America’s Youth Lost Religion in the 90s

The end of Communism, the religious right, strident rhetoric, the rise of the internet? What role did they all play in the rise of the young nones?

Sodom, archaeology, and academic credentials

Claims to have found the site of Sodom and evidence of its destruction have unleashed a firestorm in the academic community.

Singing on airplanes and praying at midfield

Performative Christianity operates out of a place of assumed privilege. That is a privilege so taken for granted that the average American Christian has no clue they are swimming in it.

Who’s to Blame?

Adam Hochschild reviews three new books that examine the rise of the politics of resentment.