Pope Stephen I: Defender of Papal Authority & Proto Reformer

On this day, May 12, in the year 254 Pope Stephen I succeeded Pope Lucius I as the 23rd Bishop of Rome. Stephen (or Stephanus in Latin) was almost certainly Pope Stephen’s birth name. It did not become customary for Popes to take new names until the sixth century and still was not routinely expected until sometime […]


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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life” so says author Gordon Macdonald. How often do we as a society fall into the concept that you are worth nothing unless you are busy? We are all guilty of it too. How often when someone calls you and asks how are things going and the automatic answer […]

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Freedom, Faith, And The American Flag

There’s a Dutch flag hanging in the front of our home this week! It’s the start of the high, holy days of Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Additionally fueling our Dutch pride this past week, April 30 was a momentousness Queen’s Day in the Netherlands (that’s the Homeland for you non-Dutch folks).  My grandmother, an immigrant from […]

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What’s In A Name?

In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). It is my hope that this blog will be a hospitable place in cyberspace where all are welcome. While this is a blog hosted by a bunch […]

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