Boundaries Revisited

“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.” (Luke 10:33) Boundaries Revisited By Stephen W. Hiemstra In the summer of 2002, Pastor Rob Bromhead at Centreville Presbyterian Church preached a sermon which referred to a book by Henry Cloud and John Townsend called Boundaries. […]

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Karr Voices Memoir Clearly

Mary Karr.[1] 2015. The Art of Memoir. New York: Harper Perennial. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Writing a memoir evokes a special brand of fear. No matter how you approach the topic, the fear is that your life story is not worthy of being told and the mere attempt to tell it is to be […]

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Christmas Prayer

Heavenly Father, We give thanks for your special presence with us at Christmas when you came to us, abided with us, suffered with us, and made us members of your family. Such a gift! Such a surprise! So underserving! We confess that we desperately need you—the light of the world. Lights on a tree, lights […]

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Breech Birth

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Breech Birth By Stephen W. Hiemstra When my oldest child, Christine, was born, Maryam became so attached to her that she refused to hire babysitters and refused to […]

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Sacks: Why Stories Sell; Why We Care, Part 2

Jonah Sacks.[1] 2012. Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell—and Live—the Best Stories Will Rule the Future. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. (Got to Part 1) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra If you believe that modern media is irrelevant to your religious life, then ask yourself a couple of questions.  For example, why are most […]

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Prayer for Those in Pain

Heavenly Father, Prepare our hearts, oh Lord, for the coming holidays when we must face that empty chair, must answer questions that intrude too much, and much remember events from the past that refuse to be history. Turn down the lights a bit, Let the old music play bit more gently, Give me some space […]

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More than Green Beer

“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry…” (2 Cor 6:3) More than Green Beer By Stephen W. Hiemstra In the late fourth century, Celtic pirates kidnapped a sixteen year old boy named Patrick and sold him into slavery in the Irish wilderness where he worked […]

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Sacks: Why Stories Sell; Why We Care, Part 1

Jonah Sacks.[1] 2012. Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell—and Live—the Best Stories Will Rule the Future. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. (Got to Part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In the online world that surrounds us, we are bombarded with messages from morning to night: email, spam, pop-ups, video, print media, text-ads, […]

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