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With Malice Toward None

Politics and religion intertwine in interesting and troubling ways. As a historical figure, I’ve always found Abraham Lincoln a fascinating study in politics and religion. Lincoln makes use of religious language in his public addresses and many believe him to…
June 18, 2018
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The Necklace

By Melody Meeter A few weeks ago I was visiting Robert in the inpatient hospice unit connected with our hospital. I knew him to be a religious man who thought deeply about matters of faith. The first time I met…
June 17, 2018
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Fathered: A Litany

We remember Adam, whose sons did not get along—their rivalry leading to death. God, who is no stranger to conflict, may we take all our rivalries to the cross. We remember Abraham, who was asked to place his son on…
June 16, 2018
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Finding the Trail

This summer, see if you can find your way to the Trail. You'll have to hunt to find it, but here and there along the way you’ll find stone markers, set down a century ago to memorialize a highway that…
June 15, 2018
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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,…
June 14, 2018
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Intercessory Prayer

Dear Jesus, We come before you today knowing that we have nothing on your singleheartedness. Even as we pass the peace, we nurse resentments. Even as we exalt your name, we preen. Even as we confess our sins, we rationalize…
June 13, 2018
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Grandpa, Galatians, and Gays

Albert Brunsting on his wedding day My grandfather died in 1971. He was “only” 74, but he seemed ancient to me. I was twelve years old. My memories are hazy and might better be called impressions. My grandfather wasn’t really…
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The President’s Book Club

By Jeff Munroe Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, 2006-2015 Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, was troubled about a decade ago by the admission of then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he didn’t read much. (Sound familiar?)…
June 11, 2018