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June 20, 2022
Russia’s present invasion of Ukraine is about to enter its fifth month, and once again the world is grappling with a multivalent crisis that is producing massive human suffering and displacement. Millions of Ukrainians have been driven from their land and untold numbers have lost their lives because Vladimir Putin is hell-bent on forcing them to conform to the madness of his imagined narrative and the lust for power that fuels it. Once again the complicated stories of borders and…
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The Body of Christ, The Bread of Stratification

At the messianic table, Christ invites us to participate in God’s imagination, to join a feast that reconnects us to food, land, and neighbor, and offers a way of remembering that confronts forgotten wounds, fragmented minds, and displaced bodies. Holding the bread of life, we present to the world the daily liturgy of eating as a profoundly communal, biological, spiritual, humanizing, and, as it turns out, counter-cultural act.
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June 6, 2022

Poetry and the Art of Naming

Creation, I believe, is the best place to begin when considering the art of poetry and why it matters. For every poem participates by invitation in that first creative act of God.
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May 30, 2022

A Quiet Influence: Remembering Eugene Heideman

Just before Gene suffered a stroke in 2019, I was sitting next to him in church on a Wednesday morning at a men’s breakfast and book study. We were discussing the current friction in the denomination, which he was able to put into a much larger context of denominational history and the forces at work in society and culture. “I have come to the point where I think for the good of the church and for many Christians it would…
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May 23, 2022

A Pandemic of Mistrust

I’ve been looking for a theory of everything, that explains not just Trump, sexism, and anti-wokeism, but also explains things as different as climate change denial, bad behavior on airplanes, Brexit, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, church splits, anti-vaxxers, threats of violence outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, and our tolerance of mass shootings. I know that’s asking a lot, but I think I may have come up with something.
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May 16, 2022

Abraham Kuyper for a Secular Age

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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May 9, 2022

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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  • No Easy Answers
    My ten-year-old son asked me something I’ve been pondering ever since: “Mom, what is something you believe that maybe you could be wrong about?”
    June 25, 2022 Dana VanderLugt
  • “Act Accordingly”
    “You’re going to be someone’s ancestor–act accordingly.”  A big guy–I didn’t catch his name, but I’m sure he’s someone with...
    June 24, 2022 James C. Schaap
  • In the Mail
    This is the reality of the CRC today -- confessional unity as a measure of purity and tool to divide, with local ministries handcuffed and rebuffed.
    June 23, 2022 Dave Larsen
  • Intercessory Prayer
    Dear Jesus, have mercy on us. Our demons, too, are legion. So we ask you to heal us.
    June 22, 2022 Jane Zwart
  • Watch Your Step
    Our feet and our bodies carry a story as much as our mouths do. We draw people in, we push them away, simply by way of our posture, our gait, our demeanor.
    June 21, 2022 Katy Sundararajan
  • A Liturgy for One Who Doubts God’s Call
    Dear Reader,One of the great treasures in my personal and corporate prayer life has been Douglas McKelvey’s two volume collection...
    June 20, 2022 Brian Keepers
  • The Right Time to Leave
    I’m one of those people who finds it nearly impossible to leave anything.
    June 19, 2022 Doug Brouwer
  • Open and Closed
    The doors were closed for this discussion and vote. Synod’s action opens wide, however, another door: an exit door from the Christian Reformed Church.
    June 18, 2022 David Hoekema

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June 21, 2022

Hush

Much noise surrounds. Let words be few.
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June 21, 2022

Duplex: Lux

Though you had always lived in light, you looked deep in the dark, and chose the way of pain ...
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June 14, 2022

Bioluminescence

Sometimes, when I fear the small light I bring isn't big enough or bright enough ...
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June 14, 2022

As You Have Done for Me

If you were here I would put my hand on your heart and hold it there ...
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June 14, 2022

Go, Graduates

What if diplomas were earned for the second definition of the verb "graduate" ...
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June 14, 2022

Perennials

May sunshine, and the old professor sits on his deck eating a cold beef sandwich ...

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June 23, 2022

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

In this episode, Jeff Munroe interviews Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell, co-pastor of the Second Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa and one of the original editors and writers for the Reformed Journal Blog. Steve chats with Jeff about his memories with his politically engaged father, his love for the Reformed Journal which began in his high school years, and his journey to co-pastoring with his wife, Sophie.
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June 16, 2022

Doug Brouwer

In this episode, Kate Kooyman has a family conversation with her uncle, Doug Brouwer and her cousin, Sarah Brouwer. Doug and Sarah are both ministers ordained by the Presbyterian Church, and they discuss Doug's book Chasing after Wind: A Pastor's Life and reflect on their experiences in ministry and the generational changes they have observed. 
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June 14, 2022

“Bioluminescence” by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

In this episode of the Poetry Edition of the Reformed Journal Podcast, Rose Postma interviews Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer about her poem "Bioluminescence." Rosemerry has been publishing her poetry daily on her website A Hundred Falling Veils for the last 10+ years, and is a co-host of the podcast Emerging Form.
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June 9, 2022

Rebecca Koerselman

In this episode, Jeff Munroe speaks with Rebecca Koerselman, professor of history at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and contributor to the Reformed Journal Blog. Jeff and Rebecca talk about Rebecca's journey from high school history teacher to scholar and professor, where she gets inspiration for her writing, evangelicalism in the United States, and her history-informed perspective on political and social polarization in 2022.
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June 7, 2022

“Perennial” by Dave Schelhaas

In this inaugural episode of the Poetry Edition of the Reformed Journal Podcast, Rose Postma interviews Dave Schelhaas about the origins of his poem "Perennial," which was celebrated in the poetry anthology "Final Exam: Poems About Teachers and Their Students."
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June 3, 2022

Kate Kooyman

In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Kate Kooyman, author of the most viewed post in the Reformed Journal Blog, "I'm Sick of Appreciating Teachers." Kate is an ordained minister with the RCA, spent 10 years working in the CRC's Office of Social Justice, and currently serves as District Director for Michigan state senator Winnie Brinks. Jeff and Kate discuss Kate's path to becoming a minister, the role of social justice in Christian life, and…
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Preaching: an incarnational calling

When you preach, you’re not interpreting texts and creating community as much as you are, at the root, inviting people to experience Jesus, in all of his wild kindness and impertinence.

Herschel Walker, Kristin DuMez, Chris Cillizza on CNN

Kristin Kobes DuMez is a guest on CNN discussing the rousing evangelical support for Walker's Georgia Senate campaign, even after his recent acknowledgment that has three children by women other than his ex-wife.

SPU grads troll President during commencement with Pride flags

Graduates protested anti-LGBTQ+ policies at Seattle Pacific University's recent graduation.

Mennonite Church USA calls for LGBTQ inclusion

Meeting in Kansas City for their annual assembly, leaders of the Mennonite Church USA called for greater LGBTQ inclusion and repealed directives against officiating at same-gender weddings.

Two Detroit evangelical pastors and two approaches

"How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church" in the Atlantic.

Andy Stanley says evangelical church in “State of Emergency”

Stanley, who describes himself as "right-leaning politically," puts out a new book "Not In It To Win It."

Pew Research on hopes & challenges of trans and nonbinary people

Pew research says 1.6% of adults in the US are transgender or nonbinary.

Trump as “symptom” but not the disease?

The "big sort" -- dividing ourselves into enclaves and clusters is tearing us apart -- from Politico.

“Blood on our hands” comment causes CRC delegate to lose right to speak at Synod

CRCNA Synod delegate refuses to rescind his remarks and loses the right to speak on the floor of Synod.

The Banner’s account of CRCNA Synod’s actions on human sexuality

CRCNA Synod 2022 recommended the human sexuality report to Christian Reformed churches as a “useful summary of biblical teaching” on human sexuality. The vote was a 74 percent majority.

Using Bronte to teach history, missions, and global Christianity

Charlotte Bronte's "The Missionary" provides insight into "why missions" and attitudes toward non-Christian religions that might be especially helpful to young people -- so says Phillip Jenkins on Patheos.

God, grades & graduation

A study suggests that a "faith-based" life benefits learning, grades, and graduation rates, especially among working-class males.