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The Stories We Tell

I spend a lot of my time thinking and teaching about the power of stories. The way, at their best, that they can move us to greater empathy, greater recognition of our neighbor and our neighbor's needs, and greater ability…
Calvin College
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Being Seen

I remember the day so clearly. I left a staff meeting during which our district announced plans to cut $2 million from our budget after the State of Michigan made sweeping cuts to schools. The meeting outlined the particulars: eliminating…
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Wicked Rulers and Refugees

This week three international news stories caught my attention with a common denominator that affects the lives of millions of people worldwide – a common denominator I have seen in my work with refugees. The common denominator is corrupt rulers…
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Dwelling: A Scriptural Survey

“Why don’t they just move?” After the second hurricane in a few weeks, it’s hard not to ask this question about people who live in the swampy, vulnerable lowlands of America’s Southeast, especially Florida. It’s a callous question, as an…
Calvin College
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The Politics of Worship

This morning I propose that the increasing fatalism within the Christian community, the resignation that the world is as it is, is a product of our thin worship. I'm suggesting there a connection between the evangelical yawn in the face…
Northwestern College
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Neo-Calvinism: From “Whence” to “Whither”

Last Friday I had the honor of speaking at “Sharply into the Wind,” the program marking Cornelis van der Kooi’s emeritation at the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam.  I’ve written about Kees’s theological contributions before in this space, particularly about…
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Conversations Contained

What if we had a different kind of conversation? That's what I've been wondering. I watched a good bit of the hearings a couple of Thursdays ago, when Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford and then Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh both…
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Now I See

My friend Frederick Dale Bruner loves teaching the big narratives in John's Gospel.   When he and I used to do a preaching seminar together, a favorite story Dale taught was of "The Man Born Blind" in John 9.   Or as…
Calvin Theological Seminary