Unclenching our Fists

Jes Kast Uncategorized 0 Comments

I (Jes Kast) am so happy to welcome back Marcy Rudins this week! Growing up near Chicago, it always seemed like we had to go, go, go. Swerving in and out of the city, dodging people on the sidewalk, and then manically trying to find parking- and that was just getting to work. I would talk with people I was …

Dysfunction and Grace

Scott Hoezee Uncategorized 3 Comments

Yesterday I preached at the Calvin College Chapel service as part of a series looking at biblical characters.   My assignment was Jacob.  The day before I heard a sermon on the first part of the Joseph cycle also in Genesis.  So the descendants of Abraham and Isaac have been much on my mind of late.    And here’s the thing: that …

Passing it On

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 2 Comments

For some of us, the words “pass it on” evoke memories of summer camp, holding sticky hands, and singing “it only takes a spark…to get a fire going…and soon all those around…are warmed up by its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love…once you’ve experienced it…you spread his love…to everyone…you want…to pass…it on.” One of the reasons I study …

Loud Marchers and Quiet Stayers: On Peace

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By Mara Joy Norden For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.       Colossians 1:19-20 I wonder if my church, the Reformed Church in America, will split. If …

Parables and Concerts: An Invitation

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Last Friday I took my kids to see U2 on their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. My kids have grown up listening to U2 because my wife and I make them listen to the music we like. We’re sort of music dictators. My son, who is 13, was wearing a Nirvana t-shirt—one guy stopped and asked if he could take …

Bunkers, Brene, Belonging

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by Kate Kooyman “At the very same time we are sorting ourselves into ideological factions and bunkers — and the research shows this clearly… the way we live, worship, go to school — at the same time, we are becoming increasingly lonelier. You would think the factions would at least deliver on some good connections with like-minded people. But the …

On not speaking for God

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 0 Comments

Of late, the Denise Levertov’s poem, “The Tide,” has been coming to me as I try to process the most recent bombardment of the bad. I’m a Calvinist with a degree in history, so I understand that such has it ever been. And yet…. I’ve included the poem below for your own meditation. But a few comments: I particularly appreciate …

The White Working Class, Trump & “the least of these”

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Uncategorized 16 Comments

Jon Witt is a sociologist who teaches at Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is the author of Soc, one the most popular introductory sociology textbooks worldwide, as well as The Big Picture: A Sociology Primer. He is also a member of the board of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, an Elder in the church where I pastor, and …

Beautiful Souls

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By Brian Keepers Every once in a while, you come across a book that takes hold of you and stirs you up and you can’t shake it. This is how I feel about the book I’m in the middle of reading right now—Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Eyal Press (Picador Publishing, 2013). …