M & A Account for Losses; Recognize Grief

Kenneth R. Mitchell and Herbert Anderson. 1983. All Our Losses; All Our Griefs: Resources for Pastoral Care. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Anniversaries can be painful. I remember one patient in the emergency department. He was loud; he was obnoxious; he was threatening. When I spoke to him, I was startled […]

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JOHN 21: From Fish to Sheep

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men and women (Matthew 4:19). By Stephen W. Hiemstra When I worked in the hospital with psychiatric patients, I met a man with a huge Bible. When we spoke, he opened up this Bible and showed me the many color photographs. When he spoke with the […]

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JUAN 21: De Pescado a Ovejas

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Vengan, síganme —les dijo Jesús—, y los haré pescadores de hombres y mujeres (Mateo 4:19) Cuando trabajaba en el hospital con pacientes psiquiátricos, conocí a un hombre con una enorme Biblia. Cuando hablamos, él abrió la Biblia y me mostró las numerosas fotografías en color. Cuando habló con los otros pacientes, […]

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Hyatt’s Platform Stands Solid; Gets Noticed

Michael Hyatt. 2012.  Platform:  Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra My introduction this fall to social media evokes memories of my experience with survival camping as a Boy Scout. Survival camping tested your skill with the equipment, with problematic colleagues, and with hiking through rugged terrain. Social […]

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JOHN 20: Encounters with the Risen Christ

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24 ESV). How do you respond to the risen Christ? In John 20 we observe 8 encounters with the risen Christ. 1. The […]

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JUAN 20: Encuentros con Cristo Vivo

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Ciertamente les aseguro que si el grano de trigo no cae en tierra y muere, se queda solo. Pero si muere, produce mucho fruto (Juan 12:24 NVI). ¿Cómo responde usted a Cristo resucitado? En Juan 20 se observa 8 encuentros con el Cristo resucitado. 1. El primer encuentro no es realmente un […]

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Lowry Preaches Plot; Reveals Gospel

Eugene L. Lowry. 2001. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form (Orig pub 1980). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In Greek, John’s Gospel begins: Εν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος (John 1:1 BNT). The English translation reads: in the beginning was the word. By contrast, Spanish follows the Vulgate […]

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JOHN 19: Suffered, Crucified, Died, Buried

By Stephen W. Hiemstra He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth (Isaiah 53:7 ESV). Jesus’ life story is an important part of the Apostle […]

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