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Uncovering Early Dutch America

Harry Boonstra Since many Perspectives readers may be Reformed or Dutch (or both), this story of the early Dutch on the U.S. East Coast will be of interest to them. But it also will (or should) be to others. Fabend notes the "neglect by historians of New Netherland—the result of a kind of oblivion that emphasized the English origins of our national history and culture over all others, local, state, or regional." And a great story it is, written with…
Harry Boonstra
September 1, 2013
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Understanding Providence

One of my earliest sermon memories goes back to the Reformed Church in the Netherlands in 1942. The dominee held forth on the German occupation and how we ought to discern God's will in all that happened in our country and our families, how suffering works patience, and how, along with Job, we should be silent and repent. After all, God, in his providence, would work out all things for good. Three years later, during the "hunger winter" in Amsterdam…
Harry Boonstra
March 1, 2010