What’s not there is telling

James Schaap Uncategorized 3 Comments

We visited Stratford-upon-Avon, of course, toured Shakespeare’s house and watched the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Julius Caesar in the Royal Shakespearean Theater. I vaguely remember the grave of Jane Austin, but Piccadilly Circus is gone completely. We happened to visit Westminster Cathedral just at the moment the Latin mass was celebrated. But for reasons I can’t explain, nothing in jolly …

Reflections in Exam Week

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by David Hoekema The last few weeks have been stressful, for me and all my colleagues, with piles of papers and worries about whether Calvin College’s eminence in Christian liberal arts will survive the budget pressures bearing down on the college. But the last student to finish my Phil 153 exam today added a short note at the end of …

The Living Relationship with Scripture

Jes Kast Uncategorized 2 Comments

It was when I was twelve years old that I first read through the Bible in an entire year. My Pastor said that someone had made small, home altars for everyone who completed reading the Bible in the year. I work well with positive reinforcement and wanted my Bible medal as a sign of my accomplishment. That’s how I ran …

Witchy Woman

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 7 Comments

Why are so many women of a certain age considered witches? A friend and I were discussing films and books appropriate for our young daughters, and we were both struck by how many films, books, fairytales, and stories included witches as the only examples of women past childbearing age. Is that the most common way our culture values the wisdom …

Marines and Mothers

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by Chad Pierce “Most people run away from the sound of gunfire. Marines run toward it.” This was one of the many true yet testosterone-filled phrases I remember being taught at Marine Corps basic training. As a 42 year-old pastor and father of four, running towards gunfire now sounds like a really stupid idea. But as a Marine infantryman, it …

Harry Potter Helped Me Redisover Spiritual Practice

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by Allison Vander Broek In the wake of the election in November, I made a New Year’s resolution to read more. I read a ton for school as it is, and I’m also at the point where I’ll do almost anything to avoid writing my dissertation—including reading all the news and/or non-history related reading material I can get my hands …

The Francis Option

jasonlief Uncategorized 4 Comments

Lately, there’s been much debate about the Benedict Option, a Christian response to secularism in the West. The focus is on a withdrawal from secular life in order to establish formative communities that support faith through a shared set of practices. There’s good things about this, namely, the recognition that our identity is formed and shaped by the communities we …

Arise, Women of This Day

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by Kate Kooyman “Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn …

A Soundcloud of Witnesses

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 1 Comment

About a week ago–probably because I’m always tempted to do anything else when I’m supposed to be grading–I agreed to participate in a survey about my news consumption. (Don’t judge: I was promised a sizeable Amazon gift card at the end of it, and book addiction is hard, y’all!). In any case, three times a day over five days, I …

Gregg Mast, Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Uncategorized 6 Comments

At the end of June, Gregg Mast will retire from the presidency of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a position he has held since 2006. For over 40 years, Gregg has been a respected leader within the Reformed Church in America, and the Christian community more broadly. Prior to becoming President of New Brunswick, Gregg served …