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“This Cup” by Marda Messick

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Marda Messick about her poem "This Cup." Marda's poems have appeared in The Christian Century, Delmarva Review, and several other journals. Marda is also a retired Lutheran pastor. She used to pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
November 29, 2022
Book Reviews

Including the Stranger: Foreigners in the Former Prophets

Firth’s volume is an implicit clarion call for readers of all stripes to continually build a proper catholic church: orthodox in belief, yet unimaginably diverse in participation. One does not need a slimmed-down, New Testament⁠— only Bible to come to such a conclusion⁠— it is a foundational element of Israel’s entire history. 
November 23, 2022

Photons of Thought

The sun feels warm upon my face -- I mean, upon my eyelds, from behind which I am looking thrpugh a wintry cloudless sky ...
November 22, 2022

The Day the Chorus Sang . . . And the Journey to Get There

There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is joy after the rain. In a totally unscientific analysis, we may have already gained as many people since our Welcome Statement as we lost. Of course, it’s still early—while these people are a joy and a gift, they’re new friends. Things are still tentative, a little unsure yet. Not like the deep, decades-long, old friends who are no longer with us. In five to ten years will these new…

“Ruach Elohim” by Bethany Besteman

Rose Postma interviews Bethany Besteman about her poem “Ruach Elohim.” Bethany Besteman works as a worship coordinator and a church administrator for Silver Spring CRC in Maryland. She's also the intake editor for Reformed Worship, and is currently working toward a PhD in English Literature at Catholic University of America.
November 15, 2022