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This Week in the Reformed Journal: Forrest Gump's Box of Chocolates

This Week in the Reformed Journal: Forrest Gump's Box of Chocolates
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #74 • View online
Dear Friends,
I ran into an old friend in the middle of the week who reads the Reformed Journal regularly. He admitted to me, “When I see it’s poetry, I usually skip it.” I wasn’t offended. In fact, I know the feeling. I have that feeling. Why read something you’re not going to get? I encouraged my friend to listen to our poetry podcast. I encourage you to listen as well. You’re going to love it. The episodes are short—each is about ten minutes—and every episode significantly opens a poem. The poet reads the poem, then explains how it came to be written, and then reads the poem again. Although I don’t have adequate words to describe the difference between the first two readings, let me try a few metaphors: scales fall from your eyes, the words tumble into place, the Great Wall of China crumbles, and the people who have walked in darkness see a great light.
Why not start with this week’s poetry podcast, featuring Ann Marie Holwerda Warner, and her poem “Wanton”? Ann Marie is candidate for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church and a talented poet. There’s another poem by Anne Marie as well, “incidental company: a poem by Jonah’s fish,” which, as the title suggests, is from the point of view of the fish that swallowed Jonah. I was particularly struck by the closing question: Is that simply fear that the fish swallowed, or love?

Wanton
incidental company: a poem by Jonah’s fish
I freely admit I was a bit skeptical when I saw the title of today’s blog post, “Stewing over Synod.” Haven’t we heard enough? But then I saw it was by Jim Bratt, and immediately opened the article and devoured it. Jim’s analyses are always historically enlightening, pointed, and provocative. This article did not disappoint. At the same time, I found myself reflecting on the contrast to what was published the day before, a heartfelt piece by Laura de Jong, exploring a range of emotions from the joy generated by a new puppy to the deep sadness following the loss of a dear friend. There is a “Forrest Gump’s Box of Chocolates” quality to our blog—you really never know what you’re going to get—which I appreciate. I trust you do too.
Stewing Over Synod
Home is Wherever I’m With You
We continued our series of inviting Reformed leaders to reflect on what made them who they are in our featured essay this week. Amanda Bruehl, Chief of Staff of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, writes of her experience of finding a home in the Reformed Church in America, and how the structure in the RCA appealed to her after growing up in non-denominational churches. I hope you read Amanda’s story.
The Journey to a Home with Structure
As always, there’s much more at our home page.
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
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Jeff Munroe, Editor

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