Maya Angelou Writes About Pain

Maya Angelou. 2015. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Orig Pub 1969). New York: Ballantine Books. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra When I was in graduate school, I shared an office with a black student from Trinidad. He was an easy person to like and we had a great time together. After a few […]

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Prayer for Healing, Comfort, and Deliverance

God Almighty, Great Physician, Holy Spirit: We praise you for your goodness in granting us life, which we often take for granted, living as if tomorrow was always promised, but knowing that this is not true. Break the power of sin over our lives—forgive us for our presumptions, for our neglect of giving thanks, and for […]

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The Journey to Seminary

“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine. And Jesus said to her, Woman, what does this have to do with me?” (John 2:3-4) Roughly a month after my departure from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in January 2004, I attended an inquirer’s […]

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Ryan Explores Unintended Consequences

Andrew Ryan. 2011. The Labbitt Halsey Protocol. Leesburg: Gadfly LLC. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra The law of unintended consequences, first articulated by sociologist Robert K. Merton,  states that “outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action.” [1] The more complex the system in view, the more likely it will […]

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Prayer for the Church

Almighty God, Beloved Son, Spirit of Truth: We praise you for your mercy, compassion, patience, covenantal love, and truth. We give thanks for your church, especially Centreville Presbyterian Church, the manifestation of your Holy Spirit, the nurturer of our faith, the community of believers, the organizer of service, the refuge in the storm. We confess that […]

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Marine Corp Marathon

  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7) In the summer of 1987, Maryam and I spent about two weeks visiting relatives over the Fourth of July. Having successfully transitioned into Finance and Tax Branch, I found myself in the midst of a […]

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Taitz Teaches Thoughtful Eating (part 2)

Jennifer L. Taitz. 2012. End Emotional Eating. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications. (Goto part 1) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In part 1 of this review, I gave an overview of Jennifer Taitz’s book, End Emotional Eating. Here I would like to focus on her premise, that “self-control is a skill that we can learn.” (1) […]

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January Prayer

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Truth: We give thanks for a month of new possibilities, not looking back, not fearing the future, but focused on the present. Be especially present, eternally present, in our lives here and now. May we participate in your shalom, the peace that passes all understanding, and share it […]

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Nemesis

“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; … my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths” (Prov 1:10-11, 15) In the third and fourth […]

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Taitz Teaches Thoughtful Eating (part 1)

Jennifer L. Taitz. 2012. End Emotional Eating. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications. (Goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In early January, Cub Run Recenter,[1] where I swim, is busy each year with New Year’s resolutions athletes. After that, the new faces mostly disappear and the regulars return to their usual routine—raw will-power is normally good […]

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