Communion In The Time of COVID-19
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Communion In The Time of COVID-19

Ironically, the week that COVID-19 shut the door to in-person classes at Calvin University, our capstone computer science course was scheduled to discuss the importance of embodied community. One of the points that we were scheduled to explore is how electronic communications should not be preferable to embodied community. However, as we have seen with COVID-19, when that is not possible, digital communications are a blessing. Our current situation brought an unexpected “experiential learning” opportunity to engage this topic.

Pillarization and Pluralism
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Pillarization and Pluralism

One day many years ago, I was sitting in my living room with some friends. It was Sunday afternoon and we had just gotten back from church. We were drinking strong, black coffee in cups with little windmills on them and eating Dutch pastry – gebakjes – when the subject turned to immigration.

“I don’t mind all these immigrants coming here,” my friend said, balancing her gebakje on her knee. “I just wish they’d give up their culture and become more Canadian.”

Martin Luther and All Hallow’s Eve
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Martin Luther and All Hallow’s Eve

In a remote corner of my college office sits two full shelves of ‘tacky religious merchandise.’ Surprisingly, I have not purchased a single item of the collection ranging from the rubber ducky nativity set to the John Calvin bobble head doll. Instead, I simply curate the odd assortment of items that friends and fellow faculty members bring back from their treks around the world. Instead of gold, frankincense or myrrh, these wise men and women present their gifts to me andwait to see whether they will be deemed trick, treat or just plain tacky.

What Donald Trump could learn from the Reformation  (But probably would say he already knows)
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What Donald Trump could learn from the Reformation (But probably would say he already knows)

From the beginning, Trump’s claims to truth have been over the top. He claims to have one of the highest IQs, he says he has the best words, had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, knows everything there is to know about health care – all claims that are totally, completely pants-on-fire false. They are lies. Period.

The legacy of the Reformation:  21st  century challenges and opportunities
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The legacy of the Reformation: 21st century challenges and opportunities

As one of the keynote participants in The King’s University’s annual fall Interdisciplinary Studies Conference last month, Dr. Richard Mouw gave a public address, “Reformations Keep Happening: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities,” (reviewed in the October 9 issue of Christian Courier). I sat down with Mouw after this lecture for an interview. Following is an abbreviated record of our conversation.