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Perpetual Motion

People seem to have given up on the idea of a perpetual motion machine. But The Twelve is about as close as you’ll come. Day after day, a blog appears. Some you read. Some you skip. Some annoy you. Some you treasure. Okay, there is the occasional glitch. We’re not an actual perpetual motion machine. We need you to keep…
February 20, 2018

Mixed Motives

Reformed folk don't need to be embarrassed by mixed motives. What other kind of motives are there? As 2017 draws to a close, we hope you are motivated to express your gratitude to The Twelve and Perspectives with a financial gift. You also may be motivated to do some year-end charitable giving to reduce your 2017 taxes. Let those two motivations…
December 28, 2017

Boxing Day

Boxing Day--in the United States, we’re never quite sure what to make of it. The tradition, we believe, is that today is the day you make a gift to your favorite blog, The Twelve, and journal, Perspectives! Perhaps you found some dollars under the tree yesterday. Perhaps you’re looking to do a little charitable giving before the end of the…
December 26, 2017

500? What About Six?

You’ve probably heard plenty about the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Nearly equal in significance, did you know that today is also the sixth anniversary of the beginning of The Twelve? October 31, 2011, Perspectives began an experiment jauntily called The Twelve.  We're over 2,100 posts into…
October 31, 2017

Even at the Risk of Scaring Some People Off

Comparing yourself to American Motors is probably never a good idea, especially when many of your readers reside in Michigan. For those who don’t know, American Motors was an automaker that disappeared from the face of the earth in 1987. In the early 1970s, trying to compete with Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, and more, American Motors declared its Javelin “the hairiest…
August 29, 2017


Most people say they pull for the underdog. Here at The Twelve, we see ourselves as underdogs in today’s world. Left versus right, each dug deep in their trenches, strident and shrill. Corporate sponsors pumping in big money to make the product slick and sweet. Vast empires tracing your click here and your like there to push you toward their blog,…
August 7, 2017

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

On the first day of school, I remember being handed a sheet of paper. Today we would say it was “landscape” format, wider than high. The paper was coarse, low quality. I think it had flecks of bark in it. The top half was blank, intended for artwork. The bottom was extremely wide-ruled—so wide, there was a light dotted line…
August 1, 2017

These Are the Days, a psalm for summer These are the days of the endless summer These are the days, the time is now There is no past, there’s only future There’s only here, there’s only now Oh your smiling face, your gracious presence The fires of spring are kindling bright Oh the radiant heart and the song of glory Crying freedom into night These are the…
June 20, 2017

Congratulations, Theresa!

Longtime blogger here on The Twelve, Theresa Latini, was named the first president of United Lutheran Seminary, with campuses in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, earlier this week. Dr. Latini has been serving as professor of practical theology and pastoral care at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She will officially begin her presidential duties on July 1, 2017, which is…
April 22, 2017

Bright Monday!

Polish children celebrate Bright Monday with a water fight! Bright Monday! Easter Monday. It is a tradition among some Christians—not so much Reformed, but especially Orthodox. This day after Easter is filled with jokes, hijinks, pranks, and assorted silliness. The point is to laugh uproariously in light of yesterday’s grand resurrection celebration. Some even suggest that it is an especially…
April 17, 2017