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October 3, 2022
Yet: voter suppression, race-based discrimination and violence, politically motivated censorship in the schools, and gratuitous red-baiting remain depressingly familiar features of our present-day situation—but arguably worse, now aggravated by segmented cable TV and social media, mainstreamed by elected officials, and fortified by the proliferation of self-styled paramilitary groups itching for civil war; and getting worse, in part because the current trend of eliminating the arts, closing down the languages, gutting the humanities departments, and reducing the liberal arts requirements in…
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God is in Control (?)

If God is totally in control, then the child-like part of my heart can sit back and relax. God’s got this, after all. I don’t have to be responsible, I don’t have to face consequences, and I can avoid the painful feelings of grief and sadness.
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September 19, 2022

Christian Nationalism and the Tricky Task of Biblical Interpretation

For too long, Christians have defended their positions with the simple assertion that this or that is “biblical.” Conversations descend into a flurry of dueling proof texts as different sides mobilize the texts that best support their position, glossing over or even ignoring texts that muddy the waters.
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September 12, 2022

Kiese Laymon and Revision as a Way of Life

Can we keep growing in life in substantial ways? Can a nation keep growing? Can confronting the ugliness of our injustice lead us somewhere new? I don’t know. Laymon shows that the scrutiny, the tough-minded examined life, is worthwhile in itself.
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September 5, 2022

Our Last Week at Loonsong Cabin

For twenty-two years, Loonsong has been an emotional and spiritual refuge for me. It is a healing and renewing place where I unwind, read, write, play games, explore, sit and stare. I am more present to myself and to Tom when I step away from responsibilities and stressors into the quiet, the beauty, the remoteness, and enter this time without expectations. Tomorrow, we leave. I wonder: how will I carry the gifts of Loonsong into my future
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August 29, 2022

Jake’s Engagement

Jake first noticed her the day after she moved in to the home. She bore a remarkable resemblance to his first and only wife—the white hair, the infectious smile, the pleasant round face and other round parts--so much so that it almost frightened him. He became a widower about six months before Julia entered his now smaller world, quietly yet abruptly, and his life would not be the same.
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August 22, 2022

Afraid to Teach

We must do something, because trusting teachers and nurturing trust in the classroom is vital to the survival of real education. This is especially critical in Christian communities, where our concerns for building bridges of love between people is our godly calling.
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August 16, 2022

Reviewing the Religion Cases of the 2021-22 Supreme Court Term: Part Two

Christians of varying ideological leanings are likely to process very differently the new judicial era of Supreme Court consensus around religion and the First Amendment. Notwithstanding such differences, three distinct and important shifts characterize this consensus that should give us a common foundation to inform our conversation. These developments also raise real concerns that should give pause to all Christians, whatever their partisan or political leanings. 

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October 4, 2022

Miracle

Curve of her lip since birth round and wide cherry jello puff and perfect ...
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September 27, 2022

In the Dark

At the greenhouse where I worked one summar I discovered a cloudy pool cupped in landscape plastic.
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September 27, 2022

After Christmas Dinner

we drive to see a house ablaze in light ...
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September 20, 2022

Fishing Again

Like one awakening from a dream he hears lake water lapping in his heart believes it to be his destiny or doom.
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September 20, 2022

Worry Beads

The original fidget. These were made in Nafplio, where old men work them on benches in the square ...
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September 13, 2022

Last Supper

So often still, tonight his hands flit, two birds building a nest. Washing our feet.

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October 4, 2022

“Miracle” by Kate Bolt

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Kate Bolt about her poem “Miracle.” Kate Bolt is a recipe writer, who has published two cookbooks. She started a blog (https://www.livinglark.com/) that ended up being a catering business. Kate lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, three kids, and golden retriever.
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September 27, 2022

“In the Dark” by Jessica Whipple

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Jessica Whipple about her poem “In the Dark.” Jessica Whipple is a writer for adults and children, and her poetry has been widely published. Jessica’s debut picture book titled “Enough Is” was illustrated by Nicole Wong and will be published March 2023 by Tilbury House.
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September 20, 2022

“Fishing Again” by Eric Potter

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Eric Potter about his poem "Fishing Again." Eric is the author of several chapbooks and poetry collections, including “Things Not Seen.” He is also a professor of English at Grove City College, where he teaches courses in modern poetry, American literature, and creative writing.
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September 13, 2022

“Last Supper” by Brent Newsom

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Brent Newsom about his poem "Last Supper." Brent is an award-winning poet and has been widely published in a variety of journals. He is the author of the poetry collection “Love's Labors” and teaches creative writing, literature, editing, and composition at Oklahoma Baptist University.
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September 6, 2022

“Mirabilia, in the Garden” by Rebecca Spears

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Rebecca Spears about her poem “Mirabilia, in the Garden." Rebecca is the author of Brook the Divide and The Bright Obvious. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and she has received many writing awards, including a Pushcart nomination.
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Jennifer Holberg

In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Jennifer Holberg, professor of English at Calvin University, co-director of Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jennifer discusses her early life as an army brat, the effects of the early death of her mother, and her forthcoming book “Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape our Faith,” which is expected to come out in July 2023.
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Museum of the Bible returns manuscript

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