Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 3 Comments

In the midst of all the terrible news in this past Sunday’s New York Times, I unexpectedly found a charming feature by Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, Natalie Angier, entitled “African Tribesmen Can Talk Birds Into Helping Them Find Honey.”  In the article, Angier describes how among certain traditional cultures of Africa, people forage for wild honey with the help of …

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Homeward Bound

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by Sarina Gruver Moore Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell is away today. We welcome guest blogger Sarina Gruver Moore.  Sarina teaches English at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Thank you, Sarina! Two summers ago—when I thought my middle-aged self permanently settled into the fertile ground of West Michigan—I suddenly felt the tectonic plates of my life shift. Without knowing what was ahead, I …

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Time to Boot the Violent, Fraudulent, Treacherous NRA

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by Jeff Munroe Brian Keepers is away today.  Jeff Munroe, a former regular at The Twelve, is our guest today.  Jeff is the Vice President of Operations and Development at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. In Donald Trump’s Presidential nomination acceptance speech, he spoke about the injustice caused when our political system has “sold out to some corporate lobbyist …

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Make a Name for Yourself

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Hosea went and took Gomer the daughter of Dibla’im, and she conceived and bore him a son. And the LORD said to him, “Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. And …

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Rowan Williams for Dummies: On Human Sexuality

Debra Rienstra Uncategorized 4 Comments

“Yeah, it’s really good, but read it when you’re wide awake.” My husband sent me a link—and that warning—at about ten p.m. the other night. The warning felt like a dare, so of course I dove right in. The link was to a lecture by Rowan Williams called “The Body’s Grace.” It had churned to the surface in Ron’s social …

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Words from our King

James Schaap Uncategorized 10 Comments

You know?–I think I get at least something of what my representative in Washington was talking about. I mean, I have something similar in my soul. I roll my eyes at those dopey bumper stickers that insist “You’re not much, if you’re not Dutch”; but that doesn’t mean I’m not dang proud of my heritage. The first book I wrote …

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What’s The Worth of our Words and Photos? Or Maybe Better: A Reformed Love Story

Thomas Goodhart Uncategorized 4 Comments

When the news of yet another act of violence brining with it death and destruction was reported, this time a terrorist incident involving suicide bombing and shootings at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey on the 28th of June where 45 people were killed and at least 239 people injured, my heart once again ached and I grieved for the …

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It’s a Revolution!

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by Stacey Midge Jes Kast-Keat is away today. We welcome guest-blogger Stacey Midge. Stacey  serves as an Associate Minister at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, New York. Her areas of ministry focus are mission, community engagement, and youth and young adult ministry, and she is particularly interested in how individual and collective faith is lived out in increasingly secular society. …

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Times (Don’t) Change

Scott Hoezee Uncategorized 4 Comments

My daughter knows I like picking up old postcards at antique malls sometimes and so last week brought me home a couple oldies she found in a shop in St. Ignace, Michigan, near the Mackinaw Bridge in the Upper Peninsula.  One was a black-and-white photo of some small vacation cabins near St. Ignace (the photo with this blog is not …

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Sacred Spaces

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Driving through the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, it is easy for me to see why the Lakota viewed this part of what is now South Dakota as a sacred space. In the plains, it seems to rise out of nowhere. Most who stumbled upon this particular topography in eras past must have wondered about the purpose and significance …

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