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Kate Kooyman

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It Doesn’t Matter

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what…
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Be Known

My favorite line in the Belhar Confession tells us that the church’s job is “to know and bear one another’s burdens.” I think about this all the time. Not the bearing part -- the knowing. I remember reading a post…
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The Gifts Paul Forgot

I’m aware that there’s a certain science -- even a whole industry’s worth of church curriculum -- devoted to the actual list of Scripturally-sanctioned spiritual gifts for the upbuilding of the body and for the common good. You can do…
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The Wall Is Already Built

If I were you, I would have stopped paying attention a while ago. The maddening and sickening work of keeping track of the constant headlines is just too much for any sane person to handle. I would have stopped paying…
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Prayers for Immigrants

It's been a busy week, since both the RCA and CRC held their Synods at Calvin College. In lieu of writing more words, I'm happy to share a prayer bulletin that was written by the CRC's Office of Social Justice,…
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Politically Correct

I try to have a sense of humor, so when someone sent me a video about Social Justice Warriors, poking fun at my culture of political correctness and moral outrage, I played along and chuckled. I can be over-the-top. It’s…
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Human. Holy.

Last week we marked Ascension Day, forty days since the resurrection of Jesus, and the day that his body was taken up into heaven. The writer of Acts makes a big deal out of the details here -- he gave…
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Limitless

“What would it mean for Christians to give up that little piece of the American Dream that says, ‘You are limitless’? Everything is not possible. The mighty Kingdom of God is not yet here. What if rich did not have…
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Forbid me to close my eyes

By Kate Kooyman I woke up in a panic last night, smelling smoke. I read once about how house fires can start in your chimney if you live in an old house, even days after you have a fire in…