Monthly Archives: November 2016

More about the Living as Apprentices Blog

In 2012 I took a class at Western Seminary in Holland, Michigan titled Writing as an Act of Faith.  Little did I know that four years later I would have my own blog with an archive of more than 560 … Continue reading

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Advent – The Arrival of Hope

Advent, from the Latin word adventus meaning “arrival,” is the four – week  period prior to Christmas Day when we watch, behold, prepare, and rejoice in the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The past year has been seen the … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with God – “Show Me Your Glory” (Exodus 33)

In his book Eat this Book, Eugene Peterson teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In this … Continue reading

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From My Reading – Grace and Gratitude

Grace is God giving us everything we need (and even what we don’t know we need) without expectations. This grace is the foundation of God’s relationship with each of us. Grace is a gift. We cannot earn it. Therefore we can … Continue reading

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How Did We Get Here? – A Perspective on the 2016 Election

“How did we get here?” is a question I have heard often in the weeks since Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. “What do we do now?” is the next question. The two quotes … Continue reading

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Sundown – By Guest Blogger, Coral Swieringa

A journey can be an actual trip or it can be a pathway to spiritual or emotional growth. It can describe the change of a relationship, the sharing or ending of a marriage, the details of a career, the recognition … Continue reading

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Theology and a Hallmark Movie

I admit it! My guilty pleasure in times of anxiety and stress is watching an occasional Hallmark movie – especially at Christmas time. My favorite movie of the season is The Christmas Ornament. I also admit that even though I … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Many concerned Christians today lament lack of power in the contemporary church. One sure reason is that most Christians have never considered that they must experience anything remotely akin to the wait at Jerusalem [for the Holy Spirit]. They run … Continue reading

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