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Affirmative Action and Fairness, Part 2

The argument that poor men served at a much higher rate seems unassailable, with estimates as high as 80 percent of draftees coming from poor or working-class families. But the emotions that these stories evoke does not necessarily mean that draft selections were zero sum.
September 25, 2023
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Affirmative Action and Fairness

I don’t see how the take-my-spot argument is a plausible foundation for contesting admissions strategies and selection criteria, particularly on the scale of large universities.
September 11, 2023

Lighting a Path: On Writing a Novel for Young Readers

Allowing room for pain and grief in children’s and young adult literature allows readers to avoid the shame of not living a life full of happily ever afters. When stories include sharp, painful corners, there’s room for readers' own sharp, painful corners.
September 4, 2023

Denominational Idolatry

I was standing on a crowded Washington DC metro one morning, nauseated from all of this bouncing wild like a tennis ball inside of me. I glanced at the faces around me—a mixture of beautiful colors and cultures from around the world and no doubt carrying unseen burdens. Each believed a variety of things about God, and each had been brought to this moment down a long path I knew nothing about. I realized that likely not one of these…
August 28, 2023

Towards A Reformed Perspective on Contemporary Praise and Worship Music

What might a distinctly Reformed approach to contemporary praise and worship entail that engages with the core emphases of CPW and the charisms of the broad umbrella of Reformed traditions?
August 21, 2023

You Can’t Go Home Again

I look forward to joining the old and the new and healing some of the pain of the intervening years, remembering that life is filled with highs and lows and change, but in the end there is hope—a hope that isn’t dependent on a changing world, but on a God who never changes.
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August 14, 2023


Thinking and acting morally is not a matter of discerning unchanging principles and applying them in all circumstances. It is an evolving process of testing and reconsidering our principles as we apply them, a recursive deliberation in response to the outcome of our actions and the challenges offered by others who disagree.
August 7, 2023

Yes, We Have to Talk about Economics

Debra Rienstra is right—Christians need to talk about economics.

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    September 28, 2023 Tim Van Deelen
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    September 27, 2023 Jennifer L. Holberg
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    We’re saying “No more dogs.” It's hard to think that this aspect of my life is over.
    September 26, 2023 Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell
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    He stood in my study at church, scanning my bookshelves. Suddenly he turned to me, pointed to a whole section...
    September 24, 2023 Brian Keepers
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    I recognized that I wouldn’t be able to hide my grief from my children, so I made a decision to be honest with them about how I was feeling.
    September 24, 2023 Katlyn DeVries
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    I’ve been both giddy and annoyed recently by the way that “story” has been trending in the public sphere. We are all both storytellers and story receptacles. And stories are power.
    September 23, 2023 Katy Sundararajan
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    Caring is complicated. Which means parenting is complicated. And friendship is complicated. And working in care-giving jobs is complicated. What...
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September 26, 2023

The Part of the Moon (Metaphysicals IX)

I play the part of an earthbound stone you the part of the moon ...
September 12, 2023


how hot it is on this bright summer day with crickets jumping in the grass ...
September 5, 2023

Nominal APR as Call to Worship, Or the Glorious Application of the Immutable Rule of 72 to the Words of the Prophet

Beyond eager to bear witness to the miracle of compounding ...
August 29, 2023

Harlem Sunday

As though Eve herself, in all her intricate glory electrified once again the rib ...
August 22, 2023

250th Anniversary: Newbury Congregational Church

I prayed for a poem. A worthy poem was expected. I was unworthy, unstill of spirit.
August 22, 2023

Imagined Corners (Metaphysicals VII)

Take the globe by her imagined corners & stretch her flat like evening against the sky ...

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September 12, 2023

“Butterfly” by Harold J. Recinos

In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Rev. Dr. Harold J. Recinos about his poem “Butterfly.” Harold is professor of church and society at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. A cultural anthropologist, he specializes in work and ethnographic writing dealing with undocumented Central American migrants and the Salvadoran diaspora. He has published numerous articles, chapters in collections, and written major works in theology and culture, including ten collections of poetry. His most recent…
September 6, 2023

Jennifer Holberg’s Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape Our Faith

In this episode of the Reformed Journal Podcast, book review editor Deb Van Duinen interviews Jennifer Holberg, professor of English and department chair at Calvin University, co-director of Calvin's Center for Faith and Writing, and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal. Jennifer discusses her recently published book, Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape Our Faith.
September 5, 2023

“Nominal APR as Call to Worship, or the Glorious Application of the Immutable Rule of 72 to the Words of the Prophet” by Bill Stadick

In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Bill Stadick about his poem “Nominal APR as Call to Worship, or the Glorious Application of the Immutable Rule of 72 to the Words of the Prophet.” Bill has published poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in The Christian Century, The Windhover, Relief Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, First Things and other publications. His poetry chapbook, Family Latin, is available from Finishing Line Press and selections of his work appear in two anthologies: In a Strange Land: Introducing Ten…
August 29, 2023

“Harlem Sunday” by Julie Moore

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Julie L. Moore about her poem “Harlem Sunday.” A Best of the Net and eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Julie is the author of four poetry collections, including, most recently, Full Worm Moon, which won a 2018 Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award and received honorable mention for the Conference on Christianity and Literature's 2018 Book of the Year Award. Recent poetry has appeared in African American Review, Image, Quartet, Sojourners, SWWIM, Thimble, and Verse Daily. Learn…
August 22, 2023

“250th Anniversary: Newbury Congregational Church” by Sydney Lea

In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Sydney Lea about his poem “250th Anniversary: Newbury Congregational Church.” Sydney was Poet Laureate of Vermont from 2011-2015. In 2021, He received Vermont’s highest artistic distinction, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2022, he published Seen from all Sides: Lyric and Everyday Life, a collection of newspaper columns on poetry, composed during Lea’s laureate tenure. He is the author of 16 collections of poetry and in early 2024, his…
August 15, 2023

“Nighthawk in Hand” by Ellis Purdie

In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Ellis Purdie about his poem “Nighthawk in Hand.” Ellis earned a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. He now teaches at East Texas Baptist University. When he is not teaching, he is usually reading, working on his own creative writing, seeing films, or working with animals.
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