Prayer When We are Alone

Almighty Father, Reach out to me this morning and comfort me in my solitude, lonely, missing one so dear. I know that I should not be sad for a life well lived, for someone strong who showed me how to live and then how to die. Yet, I am sad, because it is my turn […]

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Dedication

One of the enduring memories of my experience as a camp counselor in my Boy Scout years occurred when I was asked to teach a troop of special needs scouts how to swim. By the end of the week, however, two of these scouts were swimming. Both had the swim routine down before I met […]

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Placher Argues the Foundations for Postmodernism, Part 2

William C. Placher. 1989. Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Many times philosophy is denigrated as irrelevant and uninteresting. Far from irrelevant, it gives form to our thoughts—our default settings—and motivates us to take actions that we never really think about. For […]

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Prayer for Protection

Sovereign Lord: I praise you for raising me up from the deeps that I had fallen and have not let my detractors have their day. You remembered me in my hour of affliction and healed my soul and body and mind. I need not fear the grave or the hell that others have fallen into. […]

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The World of Perception

One of the oldest photographs of me as a baby shows me in a high chair. I am smiling with my hands in the air and oatmeal on my face wearing a diaper and a top covered with a bib. The date on the photograph is February 1954 which means that I was about two […]

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Placher Argues the Foundations for Postmodernism, Part 1

William C. Placher. 1989. Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra It is hard not to notice the crisis of identity facing Christians and the church today. If we as Christians see ourselves as created in the image of an almighty God, then […]

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Mark 16: Easter

“And he said to them, Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6 ESV). By Stephen W. Hiemstra One of the most vivid memories I have as a young person was the experience of an […]

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Mark 15: Holy Saturday

“And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.” (Mark 15:46 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Jesus is buried on the Day of […]

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Mark 15: Good Friday

“And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Pontius Pilate gets right to the point:  “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answers with two words–σὺ λέγεις—which means:  you […]

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Mark 14: Maundy Thursday

By Stephen W. Hiemstra “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread (הַמַּצּ֛וֹת), at the Feast of Weeks (הַשָּׁבֻע֖וֹת), and at the Feast of Booths (הַסֻּכּ֑וֹת; Deuteronomy 16:16 ESV). Holy Week as we know it is […]

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