This Week in the Reformed Journal: Connections



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This Week in the Reformed Journal: Connections
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #76 • View online
Dear Friends,
I was gratified to see Laura de Jong’s blog post yesterday, which drew on an article she’d seen in our Around the Web feature. The article was about new scholarship on the story of Mary and Martha and Lazarus in John 11. The emerging theories about Mary Magdalene are fascinating. I hope you read Laura’s blog post. And I hope you look at Around the Web from time to time. We curate articles from other sources that we feel may be of interest to you. We don’t include these articles in our daily email, but they do get posted on our Facebook page and are on our home page. 

What’s In a Name?
In a similar manner, our lead essay this week by Jeff Japinga drew on material we’d published previously. As Jeff nears retirement, he is reflecting on his career in ministry, wondering what difference any of it made. One source that helped prod his thinking was Doug Brouwer’s memoir, Chasing After Wind. We published this excerpt from Doug’s book earlier this year, and also featured Doug and his daughter Sarah in a memorable podcast conversation with Kate Kooyman. What Jeff wrote and Doug’s work is all worth paying attention to, and from the many comments on Jeff’s piece, I can see it struck a chord.
Was it all Worth It?
Paying attention is a theme of Laurie Klein’s poetry. I was struck by the last lines of her poem “You Could Call this Mercy,” about harm from someone who loved you less well than they meant to, and all that remains unresolved and unmourned. Then I listened to our poetry podcast episode with Laurie talking about this poem and I saw much, much more than I had originally. I’m telling you, these poetry podcasts are worth your time. This one is less than ten minutes long and guaranteed to bring not just insight but also delight.
You Could Call This Mercy
And then there’s Laurie’s other poem, “Every Given Moment,” another poem asking us to pay attention to the connections in our world. It is estimated that the bird population in North America has declined by 3 billion since 1970. That’s a number impossible to take in. What we can take in is the loss of one robin after flying into a window. Check this poem out.
Every Given Moment
As always, I’m only scratching the surface of what we published this week. You can see it all here.
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
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Jeff Munroe, Editor

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