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Do You Want an Orange?

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by Andrea DeWard I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me Matthew 25:35-36, NRSV Winter 2016 A …

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God’s Impartiality and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make your name great, And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you. Genesis 12:2–3 (JPS) by Joshua Vis Any Christian who works …

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Going Medieval

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Lately, my classes are all running together, intersecting at the point of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32 and Dionysius. Discussing the Golden calf is fitting in our current political climate—the way we all adhere to our political and cultural ideologies, taking God captive as we pontificate about issues of abortion, racism, and immigration. “These are your gods. O Israel, who brought you …

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Refusing to Remember

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by Kate Kooyman “Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.” This was said by George Erasmus, who is an aboriginal leader from Canada. (I learned this from Mark Charles, who is an advocate for justice, a …

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Memento Mori

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Most mornings I drink my coffee on the porch and watch the sun rise over an Amish cemetery across the street. Some people might find it strange, even creepy, to live next to a cemetery. I find it comforting—especially this cemetery. From late spring to mid-autumn there are about twenty sheep who call the cemetery home, making good use of …

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Reformed–What Is It Good For?

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What does it mean to be “Reformed” in a post-Christian culture? Come be part of the conversation! Join us for a conversation between Pastor Tanner Smith of Harbor Life Church in Grandville, Michigan and Dr. Suzanne McDonald of Western Theological Seminary moderated by Jason Lief, co-editor of Perspectives and Religion Professor at Northwestern College Western Theological Seminary Chapel 101 East …

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Why Do Millennials Get Such a Bad Rap?

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by Chuck DeGroat I think millennials get a bad rap. Why? The prevailing psychology of child-rearing 50 years ago was very different than it is today. Back then, many believed that to hold and nurture a newborn was to spoil her, to indulge the child’s innate neediness, to foster selfishness. You could attend to the child’s most basic needs, but …

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Embracing Vulnerability

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By Brian Keepers Every Thursday afternoon I meet with a group of three other guys—one pastor and two seminary professors. It’s a sacred time and space, where we are all committed to fully showing up and not hiding and being willing to call each other out of hiding when we do. I love these guys. It is one of the …

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The Big Red Dot

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by Andrea DeWard Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool Isaiah 1:18 ( NRSV) The corner of my Christian school classroom cradled a small portable bulletin board, painstakingly crafted by my beloved second grade teacher. …

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I’ll Take Less Choice, Please

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We caved to temptation. We are now Blue Apron customers. Blue Apron is a relatively new service (started in 2012) that supplies meal kits—pre-portioned ingredients and recipes—shipped in a box right to your door. Yesterday I came home to a box waiting for me on the front stoop. I opened it up to find, packed on ice packs and wrapped …

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