Oaks of Righteousness

they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. (Isa. 61:3) Oaks of Righteousness By Stephen W. Hiemstra The ordination committee requested that I volunteer outside of my own congregation as a pastoral intern. Having never been an intern, I emailed the General Presbyter who put me in […]

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Williams Helps Technical Writers Revise

Joseph M. Williams. 2003. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. New York: Longman. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In our shrinking world, it is easy to be misunderstood. Misunderstanding can arise from being unlearned, uncultured, or untimely; it can arise due to presumptions about gender, race, or class; it can arise because of lack […]

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Hitch Hiking

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” (Jer 29:11-12 ESV) Hitch Hiking By Stephen W. Hiemstra During spring […]

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Robinson Sees Mentoring as Intentional Discipleship

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson. 2016. Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose Through Intentional Discipleship. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Discipling believers remains the critical mission of the church. The Greek word for church (ἐκκλησία) literally means: the called out ones.[1] We stand in the breach, praying for the generations that we touch (our call), […]

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Dank Sunrise (1972)

Dank Sunrise (1972)[1] By Stephen W. Hiemstra Cold rain plummets through a dense veil of vibrating pines to shatter against lichen covered stone, lost on a forgotten mountain ridge abandoned by time to grow into dust. Soil braced rock remains silent listening to the moaning of each pine spiced bead contributing its loneliness to a […]

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Silverman Interprets Memories with a Pen

Sue William Silverman. 2009. Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. Athens: University of Georgia Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Some people date western civilization back to a memoir in the 4th century when a young man struggled with and overcame sexual sin. After converting to Christianity, he played an important role in the […]

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The Daily Work Roster

The Daily Work Roster By Stephen W. Hiemstra Before a young person can go off and conquer the world, they must be potty trained, learn to walk and talk, and be able to take care of themselves. One of the rites of passage along the way is summer camp. The camp to end all camps, […]

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