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

Blessed Lord Jesus, Place your hedge of protection around me, Lord, for I am confused and afraid. My strength fails me; my body aches; my children are yet lost; and it is night—when jackals run freely and the hyena contends with the lion over much carrion.Have mercy on the children, Lord—for they are yours and yours alone. Spare […]

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Unprepared

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26:39) Unprepared By Stephen W. Hiemstra In graduate school, I met and dated quite a few women, particularly during my time at Cornell University. Ironically, Cornell had just gone “co-ed” during my time […]

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Duckett Designs Websites; Introduces CSS

Jon Duckett. 2011. HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites. Indianapolis: John Wiley and Sons. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Over the years, I have purchased an office full of books about computers, programming languages, operating systems, and social media. Most of these books have nothing to do with another passion of mine, which is […]

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Evangelische Kirche

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:3) Evangelische Kirche By Stephen W. Hiemstra Towards the end of my summer in Puerto Rico, I briefly began attending a church, but not long enough to get involved or remember the name.[1] In that church, it became immediately […]

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Stone and Duke Encourage Theological Reflection

Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke. 2006. How to Think Theologically. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Review By Stephen W. Hiemstra Our anti-intellectual society frequently has trouble seeing the hand of God at work, in part, because such vision requires thinking about things outside ourselves. Since the romantic era of the nineteenth century, Americans have preferred […]

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The Internationals

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” (Rom 12:3) The Internationals By Stephen W. Hiemstra When I was still at […]

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Blessed are the Meek

Blessed are the Meek By Stephen W. Hiemstra Luncheon for the Soul, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon, Virginia Welcome Good afternoon. Welcome to Luncheon for the Soul. My name is Stephen Hiemstra. I am a volunteer pastor from Centreville Presbyterian Church and a Christian author. Today we continue our study of the Beatitudes. […]

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Dichosos Los Humildes

Dichosos Los Humildes Por Stephen W. Hiemstra, Almuerzo para el Alma, Miércoles, 13 de Julio, 2016, Iglesia Presbiteriana de Trinidad, Herndon, Virginia Bienvenido Buenos tarde. Bienvenido al Almuerzo para el Alma. Mi nombre es Stephen Hiemstra. Soy un voluntario pastoral de la Iglesia Presbiteriano de Centreville y también un autor cristiano. En el sermón de hoy […]

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