Calling on white supremacists

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by Kate Kooyman Tomorrow, according to rumors, Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He will do this not because it is economically beneficial — DACA helps, not hurts, our economy. He will do this not because it makes the U.S. safer — DACA has strengthened, not frayed, the social fabric of all our communities. He will do …

ICYMI, Summer 2017 edition

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 1 Comment

I’m still in a bit of denial that school starts next week. Not in such denial that I haven’t finished my syllabi and first day plans, mind you (I’m too neurotic about planning ahead). But still, as I imagine I don’t actually need to say, 2017 has been…words sort of fail, don’t they? In all the craziness of current events, …

Even at the Risk of Scaring Some People Off

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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 …

Worship in Tumultuous Times

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Uncategorized 4 Comments

It was on a Saturday, August 12. The news out of Charlottesville, Virginia went from bad to worse. From the “Unite the Right” rally itself to intimidation and mob violence, then a young woman run down and killed by a white supremacist, finally President Trump’s insipid and infamous “many sides…many sides” comment. Like you—presumably, I received most of my initial …

Is It Far Away?

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By Brian Keepers “You cannot heal what you do not first acknowledge.” – Richard Rohr The images that flash on the television screen are jarring. Men with shaved heads and torches, hate in their eyes, shouting “Blood and soil!” A vehicle plowing into a crowd of people, killing a young woman and injuring dozens more. A black woman strapped to …

Preparing for the Feast

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by Chris Jacobsen Today I’m continuing a sermon series on the sacraments, beginning a two-week focus on the Lord’s Supper. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul warns his readers not to eat the Lord’s Supper “in an unworthy manner,” lest they bring judgement down on themselves. I have a confession to make: sometimes when I celebrate the supper, I do so in an …

Any Tenderness?

Debra Rienstra Uncategorized 12 Comments

As a professor of British literature, I consider it my duty to stay up to date on UK television, at least anything involving horses and monarchs. Granted, I teach Renaissance British literature, so it probably would not be necessary to watch Call the Midwife, a series taking place in the 1950s and 60s—but never mind. I’ve watched through the six …

Ever More Than Words Alone Can Tell

James Schaap Uncategorized 7 Comments

His foundation is in the holy mountains.       The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.       Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. I’m sure I haven’t sung the old hymn for years, but its sweet familiarity came back to me in a Nano-second. It’s one of …

Caring for our Pain

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This fall I’ll be teaching a new course–Modern Christian Writers–so all summer I’ve been dipping into Marilynne Robinson, Thomas Merton, Jane Kenyon, and Maurice Manning, among others. And because I want the course to be mostly devotional, contemplative, and reflective in nature–as opposed to analytical and critical–I’ve also been reading a lot about the ancient Christian meditation tradition of centering …

Humble Walking

Jes Kast Uncategorized 5 Comments

Micah 6:8 is a championed verse among progressive, social justice minded ministers of the Gospel. We love the prophet’s heralding of believers to do justice and our call to mercy. It’s a verse that has long been a friend of mine as if the prophet himself were saying it to me over a cup of coffee. My personality is wired …