Augustine’s Confessions, Part 4—Creation Theology

Foley, Michael P. [editor] 2006. Augustine Confessions (Orig Pub 397 AD). 2nd Edition. Translated by F. J. Sheed (1942). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (Goto Part 1; Goto Part 2; Goto Part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra I broke this review up into four parts—my first four-part review of any book. In the first […]

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Prayer for Fathers

Heavenly Father: We praise you for being a loving father, who is a good provider, who is always present, who loves us when we are unlovable. We confess that we are frequently none of these things, not especially loving, not present when we should be, not able to see beyond our own needs. We thank […]

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Wedding Gift

When Maryam and I were married in November 1984, I worked during the day at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in the evenings on my dissertation. Having limited time and a limited budget, I did not have a television and did not want one, having been a television addict as a kid. Although I […]

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Augustine’s Confessions, Part 3—Coming to Faith

Foley, Michael P. [editor] 2006. Augustine Confessions (Orig Pub 397 AD). 2nd Edition. Translated by F. J. Sheed (1942). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (Goto Part 1; Goto Part 2; Goto Part 4) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In part one of this review, I gave an overview of Augustine’s life and Confessions. In part […]

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Prayer for the Persecuted

Eternal and Compassionate God, We thank you, Lord, for visiting us when we are afflicted and suffer unjustly. For you are a God who cares, who understands our grief, our wounds, our sorrows, our diseases. We lay our afflictions before you for we cannot bear them alone. Heal our wounds, comfort us in our griefs, […]

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The Other Stephen Hiemstra

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5) My father, which I sometimes introduce as the other Stephen Hiemstra, was born on April 17, 1931 during the Great Depression. He grew up on a small, […]

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Augustine’s Confessions, Part 2—Sin

Foley, Michael P. [editor] 2006. Augustine Confessions (Orig Pub 397 AD). 2nd Edition. Translated by F. J. Sheed (1942). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (Goto Part 1; Goto Part 3; Goto Part 4) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Augustine writes the Confessions in thirteen books where the first nine book talk about his life, book […]

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Prayer for Authors

Almighty father, Author of our Faith, Spirit of Truth, All glory and honor are yours, Lord, for you have shown us who you are: “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exod 34:6 ESV) and taught us all things, as the Psalmist writes: “Lead me in your […]

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The Scientific Method and Objective Truth

The scientific method is a learning method that led to many discoveries about the physical world that have defined the modern period. Discoveries in agricultural production, medicine, and manufacturing have alleviated hunger and poverty, and have extended the life expectancy of the vast majority of people since the early nineteenth century. These discoveries has so […]

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Augustine’s Confessions, Part 1—Overview

Foley, Michael P. [editor] 2006. Augustine Confessions (Orig Pub 397 AD). 2nd Edition. Translated by F. J. Sheed (1942). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (Goto Part 2; Goto Part 3; Goto Part 4) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In the late seventies as I worked on a master’s degree in agricultural economics, my best friend, […]

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