Ending and Beginning

Many years ago, when I was serving a congregation in northwest Iowa, the pastor of the local Assembly of God church would often attend the afternoon service—the larger of our two services. During the sermon he would call out, “Amen!”…


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Two Questions for Young Pastors

For ten weeks this year, my husband, Dan, and I made our home in the rocky, timbered geography of Whidbey Island. We were there for the summer as pastoral interns at First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor, Washington…


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The Indispensable Wonder of the Psalms

I heard one of the editors of this impressive volume say at a recent worship conference that Psalms for All Seasons was “not born out of market research.” No one, he said, has been asking the editors, “When is there going to be a new psalter?”…


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The Unveiled

It should come as no surprise that death creates some unlikely bedfellows. Up here, up the hill, sworn enemies share a morning pot of coffee. The three Vande Gaard brothers, who fell into ten years of silence once their father’s will was read…


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Crying Out of the Corner of My Eye

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Singleness and Celibacy: A Response to David Myers

In the August/September Perspectives, David Myers points to social trends that are occurring in attitudes about homosexuality. He goes on to argue in favor of accepting homosexual marriage…


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The Whole Counsel of God: Van Sloten, Hoezee, and Metallica

As a Protestant, I am intrigued by “protest” practices. When people feel driven to protest against the status quo, there is almost always some truth, goodness, or beauty in what they are doing…


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Waiting for 2.0

The title of this collection makes perfect sense: Psalms for All Seasons. The range of emotions and varying postures toward God exhibited in the Psalms assume that faith has a climate like a Great Lakes state…


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