Words & Deeds

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Proper 26 22nd Sunday after Pentecost Micah 3:5-12 Matthew 23:1-12 By Justin Meyers A Muslim friend of mine from Pakistan confided to me that he, and members of his community, believed the U.S. drone strikes carried out in his country during the 2000’s and 2010’s were a preemptive strike by Christians to soften up the country for religious conversion to …

Discovery: A Report from the Final Frontier

Debra Rienstra Uncategorized 0 Comments

Warning: some mild spoilers ahead. I hereby provide a public service by filing this scouting report for those of you wondering whether the new Star Trek series, airing on the subscription service CBS All Access, is worth the investment of your time and money. The answer is: maybe. Honestly, it’s too early to tell whether Star Trek: Discovery will find …

Lament for Halloween

James Schaap Uncategorized 3 Comments

You’ve got to be my age or older, and you have to have been born in a small town to know what I’m talking about, but it went like this. Young, unmarried males would get decked out in dark clothes, wander around town in gangs, and do what they could to cause mischief. When I was a boy, we’d wake …

The Song of Sorrow

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I’ve found myself thinking about and appreciating sorrow these days. It’s a deeper and more profound experience than just sadness, but it’s not all together unpleasant. In fact, it can be a comforting place to inhabit for a while, perhaps because Sorrow sings the middle range. The cello, the French horn, the alto, the baritone—they tend the hearth while the ecstatic …

The Presence of The Dead Ones

Jes Kast Uncategorized 1 Comment

For I am convinced that death…will not be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38,39   The veil between heaven and earth is quite thin today. If you listen closely enough the song of the saints who have gone before us sing in the company of angels here on …

500? What About Six?

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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 …

It’s Grace

Scott Hoezee Uncategorized 4 Comments

As the luck (or the providence) of the calendar would have it, I get to blog here on The Twelve on the precise 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and all it entailed and still entails.  I dimly suspect that by now in most Reformed communities, we will be just fine with Refo 500 observances, hymn sings, lectures, and …

Did I hear “95 feces”?

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 5 Comments

A number of years ago, my sister and I were driving to pick up a cake on a Sunday. We had planned a big birthday celebration for my mom’s 60th birthday, but it turned out quite differently than we planned. Dad started feeling chest pains and we all decided that Dad should go to the hospital, though he was reluctant …

Collection of Graces

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by Heidi S. De Jonge What do you do with twenty-five years of sermons? A pastor died last year at the age of 54. His wife and children cleaned out his study a couple of months later. The pictures and mementos, they kept; the books, they passed on; the twenty-five years of sermons, they eventually decided to recycle. His wife …

God, our Mother

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by Allison Vander Broek A few weeks ago I attended The Liturgists Gathering here in Boston with a good friend of mine. I have a minor obsession with the Liturgists and their accompanying podcast—as in all my friends (and even a few random acquaintances) have had to hear me talk about multiple episodes, multiple times. In the last few years, …