I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

By Tom Boogaart I am coming to the end of a long teaching career at Western Theological Seminary and beginning to sort through the piles of notes, lectures, sermons, and essays that have accumulated over the years, much of the…
June 21, 2018

The Redemption of Ulysses S. Grant

By James Bratt Every now and then a past American president undergoes a radical change in historical reputation. The starkest case was probably that of Harry Truman who was single-handedly rehabilitated twenty-five years ago by David McCullough’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography. By…
June 20, 2018

Spelling Bee Winner

By Tamera Schreur I’m quite impressed with young Karthik Nemmani. Well, the whole nation is! Fourteen-year-old Karthik from Texas was all over the news a few weeks back when he became the Scripps National Selling Bee champion of 2018. The…
June 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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