Phillip

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Eccl 4:9-10) Phillip By Stephen W. Hiemstra In the second grade Mrs. S. […]

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Swindol Introduces an Authentic Abraham

Charles R. Swindoll. 2014. Abraham:  One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publications, Inc. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Authenticity. I have always been drawn to people who ooze authenticity. In grade school, a favorite aunt gave me a biography of Winston Churchill—an authentic war hero and statesman (Malkus 1957). I was […]

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The Farm

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph 2:19) The Farm By Stephen W. Hiemstra The farm was a home. Neighbors cared. Family was near. The church was always open. People knew you and you knew them. Small […]

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Lupton Presents Type in a Whole New Light

Ellen Lupton. 2010. Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Often when I talk to friends about my publishing, conversations are short. People get the idea of writing and authorship; they generally draw a blank when it comes to publishing. […]

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Cuaresma Venta, Lenten Sale

Lent is a reflective time when we anticipate the coming of Easter. For this reason, I invite you to deepen your faith through a Lenten study of A Christian Guide to Spirituality which is now also available in Spanish. A Christian Guide to Spirituality is organized into 50 daily devotions. Each has a theme, a […]

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Music Lessons

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you . . . (Matt 6:14) Music Lessons   By Stephen W. Hiemstra   My father and mother met during a couples skate in August 1951 at an roller-skating rink in Guelph, Ontario where she grew up. At the time, mom worked […]

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Christian Civility—Learning to Live in the Divine Gaze

Richard J. Mouw.  2010.  Uncommon Decency:  Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. Downers Grove:  IVP Books. Review  by Stephen W. Hiemstra Our society has become much more diverse. Measured in terms of race, the number of non-Hispanic whites fell from roughly 84 percent in 1965 to 62 percent in 2015 [1].  Among children under the age of […]

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