Raising Questions

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 0 Comments

I’ve noticed an uptick in alternative history stories. Maybe this is connected to “alternative facts.” Then again, people have always enjoyed alternatives to reality. Is fiction preferable to reality? A historian friend of mind was surprised to learn that I enjoy reading fiction. Why would you prefer fake history to real history, especially as a historian? she asked. Good question. …

You are Going to Hell

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By E. Hughes You are going to hell. At least that’s what the white church planter tells you over Facebook when you ask God to judge America about one week after Philando Castile’s murderer is set free because he’s a cop and three days after watching that same man (in a newly released video) shoot seven bullets in to a …

Strikeouts are Fascist: Crash Davis and The Body of Christ

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Tom Verducci recently wrote a fascinating article in Sports Illustrated in which he laments the demise of baseball. He examines the statistics that show baseball is falling into the lazy trend of relying on concentrated power in the home run and the strikeout. Increasingly, the nuances of the game are being lost. Fewer “hit and runs”, fewer stolen bases, fewer innings pitched, with …

This Is What We Mean

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photo credit: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center by Kate Kooyman Yesterday, a judge in Michigan heard arguments on behalf of a group of Iraqi immigrants who are facing deportation. If they are deported, they will probably die. The majority of these immigrants are Chaldeans. Chaldeans are Catholic Christians in the Middle East. Their liturgy is written in a language that derives …

Once Was

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 1 Comment

I’ve noticed in some meetings I’ve been in of late that “mapping” seems to one of the metaphors of the moment. As in: “we need to map this course content onto these Student Learning Objectives.” [Insert rant: the latter term is unfortunately, in my opinion, acronymized (and spoken) as SLOs, a.k.a. “slow”s.  Because, sure, that’s what everyone wants to think …

These Are the Days, a psalm for summer

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These are the days of the endless summer These are the days, the time is now There is no past, there’s only future There’s only here, there’s only now Oh your smiling face, your gracious presence The fires of spring are kindling bright Oh the radiant heart and the song of glory Crying freedom into night These are the days …

Declaration: Unity, Purity, and Peace

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by Thomas Goodhart When a Minister of Word and Sacrament is ordained in the Reformed Church in America, as well as installed, she will make this declaration: I…in becoming a minister of the Word of God in the Reformed Church in America…sincerely and gladly declare before God and with you that I believe the gospel of the grace of God …

A Gospel for Restless Hearts

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By Brian Keepers The stadium was packed. Over 50,000 people crowded into Soldier Field, the whole place vibrating and humming like a hornet’s nest, eagerly waiting for the band to take the stage. The sun has set and, from where we’re sitting, we can see the incandescent Chicago skyline poke its head above the stadium walls. My brother and I …

The Looking Glass Self

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by Michael Bos I imagine your mind, and especially what your mind thinks about my mind, and what your mind thinks about what my mind thinks about your mind. This sounds like a line from a Will Ferrell movie, but these are the words of Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), a sociologist who proposed the concept of the “looking glass self.” …

Return of the Warrior Maiden: A Review Essay

Debra Rienstra Uncategorized 2 Comments

“Overdue.” You’ll see that word in almost every review of the new Wonder Woman movie. While Batman and Superman, her DC Comics compadres, have a couple dozen full-length feature films between them, until now Wonder Woman had exactly zero. So comic book geeks and superhero movie fans were chewing their fingernails in anticipation of this summer’s release, wondering if director …