17. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Beloved Good Shepherd, We praise you for your teaching heart and gentle spirit.  We thank you for modeling meekness in leadership and for your patience with us as we learn. Heal our hearts, humble our spirits, open our hands that we might lead with gentleness and hospitality. Grant us open minds and a teachable spirit that we […]

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Shaken and Stirred

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law  he meditates day and night. (Ps 1:1-2 ESV) Shaken and Stirred By Stephen W. […]

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Turkle Analyzes Tech Impacts on Connected Self

Sherry Turkle. 2011. Alone Together:  Why we Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.  New York: Basic Books. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Immediacy versus immensity. What does it mean to be only a couple of key strokes away from speaking to anyone on the planet? We still struggle to find an adequate […]

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Chapman: Knowing Love’s Expression Can Heal

Gary Chapman.  2010.  The 5 Love Languages:  The Secret to Love that Lasts.  Chicago:  Northfield Publishing. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra According to the U.S. Census, the share of children born to unwed mothers rose from 27 percent in 1990 to 40 percent in 2007, with the rate more than doubling among white women over […]

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Kaffietijd

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” (Exod 20:8 ESV) Kaffietijd By Stephen W. Hiemstra More than a snack, coffee time was once an institution where some of my fondest memories of […]

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Barthel and Edling Troubleshoot and Teach Peacemaking

Tara Klena Barthel and David V. Edling [1]. 2012. Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care. Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra At the heart of the Gospel message is conflict between who we are in ourselves and who we become in Christ. In my forthcoming book, Life in Tension, I explore […]

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