The Quest to Tell Stories Better

I begin this blog post with a rather shameless plug. The Reformed Church Center at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, working with the RCA Archives and the RCA office for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, announces the beginning of the First Stories Project. Congregations are being invited to conduct oral interviews with the first women to serve […]

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Time to Say “Enough”

During the RCA General Synod, I posted to this blog about being calm and conciliatory, about looking at the long view of history and the mighty acts of God in the face of what some saw as frustrating nonsense going on at the Synod. Last week, I posted pastorally, about the need to be patient […]

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Why I’m Not Yet Wearing a Rainbow

Friday, 26 June 2015, was a wonderful day for many people I know, love, and respect. The Supreme Court of the United States declared laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in the US to be unconstitutional. People who have been socially outcast have another public sign that this discrimination is not acceptable. Now, we can argue, from […]

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Desirers of Clarity, Clarify Thyselves!

CLARIFY 1. make (a statement or situation) less confused and more clearly comprehensible. “the report managed to clarify the government’s position” synonyms: make clear, shed/throw light on, elucidate, illuminate 2. melt (butter) in order to separate out the impurities. synonyms: purify, refine From the mouths of those who have supported the creation of a “Council” […]

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Doctor Beardslee, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Appreciate the Synod

I include the above picture for those for whom my Kubrik reference in the title was too subtle. So, the first full day of Synod has come and gone, and we have had the reports of the General Secretary and the President (http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-GenSecReport.pdf and http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-PresidentReport.pdf, respectively), and we have a proposal before us to “clarify”—the […]

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Earth Day at 45 years old

Today is Earth Day. Originally observed in 1970, Earth Day marked the beginnings of the Environmental movement in America. Some really good things came from the original Earth Day. As awareness was raised, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, passages of the Clean Air Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species […]

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Capital Punishment at Eastertide

On 21 April, jurors in Boston will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, who has been convicted in his role in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. He is subject to the death penalty, and, a bit over a week ago, on the Comedy Central series “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore spoke of […]

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Lent 4, 2015

The snake was the lowest, the dirtiest, of all the creatures in God’s creation. But it was smarter than those two humans in a Garden; it only took shiny fruit and ego polishing to humble them. Those twelve tribes of humans in the desert humbled themselves, and the snakes had a meal. But God was […]

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Deconstructing Psalms

[As part of our Lenten journey, some of us at That Reformed Blog are blogging through the Lectionary. One of today’s readings is Psalm 19.]   God has been speaking since before time. Long before the invention of writing (about 3200 BC in Sumer and Egypt, 1200 BC in China, and 600 BC in Mesoamerica[i]) […]

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