That You Set into Place

Scott Hoezee Uncategorized 3 Comments

We live in curious times.  On the one hand, a surprising percentage of American Christians expend a great deal of energy denying a huge swath of contemporary science and its findings.  Ken Ham and the Creation Museum—and what is looking to be a bit of a boondoggle in the fairly new “Ark Encounter” there—are honored for telling us the “real” …

Collective Memory

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 3 Comments

Is there anyone left who still thinks we live in a post-racial society because we elected a black President? Surely the events of the past years with the Black Lives Matter movement, peaceful demonstrations and violent riots, and the events of the last week in Charlottesville have clearly illustrated the lack of healing and reconciliation in the United States. And …

A Prayer for Peace

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God of Peace, You created the heavens and the earth, and all that we see and experience all around us. After each day of creation, you said “It is Good.” But the world as we experience it is not always good. In fact, we often struggle to find good. Our peace depends on the presence of your Spirit. This morning, …

Confessing Friendship

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by Steven Rodriguez I’ve been reading some letters of theologians Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They are a fascinating window into a friendship at a pivotal moment in the history of the church. It’s 1933, the world is about to explode in global war, and here are two bookish Germans talking about things like church polity and their personal feelings. …

Dusting off Barmen or Good News for Neo-Nazis

jasonlief Uncategorized 5 Comments

This summer I began as the interim pastor of my church. For the evening sermons we’ve been working through Our World Belongs to God along with the book of Colossians, which have led to some important reflections on what it means to live as the new people of God. One passage in particular has continued to haunt me: Colossians 3:11—”In …

Terrified, and unafraid

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by Kate Kooyman Remember a week ago, when the President was threatening nuclear war? (Doesn’t that feel like a long time ago?) I was stunned by it, and also not at all surprised, and couldn’t reconcile these two things. But it felt important to me — the shock coupled with the indifference. So of course I coped the way anyone …

This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 1 Comment

I’ve given my professional life to words. I believe deeply in their significance and their power. And in the theological imperative to use them carefully, graciously, truthfully, well. I affirm that whole-heartedly. But I don’t think more words are always the answer. Or at least as I thought about the blog for this week, not more words from me. So …

Stephen Colbert: Public Theologian

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Uncategorized 3 Comments

Probably no single person has gained more from Donald Trump’s surprising victory in last November’s election than Stephen Colbert. And unlike white supremacists, Trump resorts, North Korean despots, Vladimir Putin, and large landholders in the western United States, Colbert’s profiting from Trump’s presidency was completely unforeseeable, deliciously ironic, and wildly serendipitous. When Colbert took over CBS’s The Late Show in …

Common Grace and Global Disaster

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by Daniel Meeter In the second congregation I pastored, one in Ontario, there was a thermostat on the wall of the hallway that led to the sanctuary. That hallway was where the consistory lined up, Dutch style, before we marched in to start the service. One day I figured out the thermostat did not work. The working thermostat was elsewhere, …

Remembering My Baptism

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by Chris Jacobsen Today I am beginning a sermon series on the sacraments. We’ll be examining baptism this week and next week, and then we’ll spend two weeks on the Lord’s Supper. Preaching on the subject of baptism has me thinking about my own baptism. I’ve seen a picture of the event. I was just a baby. Maybe if I …