From Shelley to Alien: Designer Anxieties

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 0 Comments

“Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects… don’t have politics. They’re very… brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can’t trust the insect.”—Seth Brundle, from The Fly (dir. David Cronenberg, 1986) The first true SciFi horror story was Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus. Isolated from his loved ones, Frankenstein built a superior human. But he …

Don’t Thank Me

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by Chad Pierce “Please don’t thank me.” I imagine I will think, but not say, this 500 times over the next few days. As a veteran, Memorial Day weekend is always bittersweet. On Monday I will get up early, suffer through a workout in honor of a fallen Navy Seal Michael Murphy, go to a parade, probably work on that …

Memory

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by Jeff Munroe I could handle the questions repeated endlessly like we were in Groundhog Day: Who are you? Where do you live now? When did you become my son? You told me a man had been kind enough to give you a room in his house and when I said that man was your husband you laughed and laughed. …

Making All Things New

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by Luke Hawley When my kids leave for school in the morning, I tell them, “Be kind and curious.” They roll their eyes and say, “We know, Dad,” and I take that to mean that they’ve heard me and I’m annoying in the way that maybe only dads can be. But it’s important advice for me to give—and for me …

He was taken up

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by Kate Kooyman But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1) My kids …

Walking and Leaping

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, it was my turn to be the storyteller for the elementary school age kids during Sunday School. Our theme for May was determination, and our text that day was Acts 3-4 when John and Peter, in the midst of proclaiming the gospel, heal a crippled man at the Beautiful Gate and then face the wrath …

Doctor! Doctor!

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Congratulations to all the graduates this time of year—pre-school and high school, bachelors and doctorates. I want to talk especially to those ministers with doctorates—both Ph.Ds and D.Mins—who serve in the church. I’m glad for your work and accomplishment. Almost always it is a real asset for your ministry. But keep your titles and academic regalia out of the church. …

On Leaving Well

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By Brian Keepers The “For Sale” sign in the yard threw me. It shouldn’t have. I knew it was coming. We’d spent the whole week de-cluttering and cleaning, getting the house ready to put on the market. But it did. Bright red, with bold white font. Sticking up in the center of the yard, edged near the street. I saw …

Behind the Walls

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by Chad Pierce It’s what on the inside that counts. If I have learned one thing this week, it’s that. On Monday I spilled coffee, and I mean just a little bit, onto my laptop keyboard. I was thankful it still worked, and then it didn’t. Every time I hit the delete button my volume would go down. Then my …

Preparedness is Key

Debra Rienstra Uncategorized 4 Comments

With everything going on in the news this week, we might as well come right out and discuss what we’re all thinking about anyway: the apocalypse. Whatever apocalyptic scenarios haunt you in the middle of the night—climate change, asteroid impact, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie epidemic, the collapse of American democracy—we can all agree on the main goal here: preserving …