The Beatitudes

“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:11-12 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The Beatitudes appear in both Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospel immediately after Jesus […]

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Neyrey Explains Honor and Shame, Part 1

Jerome H. Neyrey.  1998.  Honor and Shame in the Gospel of Matthew. Louisville:  Westminster John Knox Press. (Go to part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra A frequent comment in the church today is the need to stop using all those “churchy” words. While the definition of “churchy” may be up for grabs, the focus […]

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Tension with God

“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The idea of tension with God comes as surprise to many Christians.  Three reasons stand out: A focus on the humanity of […]

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Who is God to You?

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon, Virginia, February 18, 2015 (translated from Spanish) Introduction Good morning. Welcome to the Luncheon for the Soul here at Trinity Presbyterian Church. My name is Stephen Hiemstra.  I am a volunteer from Centreville Presbyterian Church. Today is Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.  Lent begins 40 days […]

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Quién Es Dios Para Tí?

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra La Iglesia Presbiteriana de Trinidad, Herndon, Virginia, 18 Febrero 2015 Introducción Buenos tarde.  Bienviendo al Almuerzo para el Alma aquí a la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Trinidad. Mi nombre es Stephen Hiemstra. Soy voluntario de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Centreville. Hoy es miércoles de Ceniza cual es el primer día de la Cuaresma. Cuaresma […]

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Tension with Others

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:43-45 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra We depend on other people; they […]

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