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This Week in the Reformed Journal: Hearing From Teachers

This Week in the Reformed Journal: Hearing From Teachers
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #78 • View online
Dear Friends,
I started talking with Mark Hiskes last winter about writing the piece that we ran on Monday. My thought was that Mark would be the perfect person to write about the new realities teachers are facing, especially since the pandemic started in 2020. We’ve done a lot on how the pandemic and polarization have affected ministers but not as much about how it has affected teachers. I am very pleased with Mark’s essay, and see from the large number of comments and big readership numbers that it has connected with many people. In case you haven’t read it yet, here it is. If you have read it, please share it with an educator.

Afraid to Teach
If you’ve been reading these newsletters for a while, you know I am a sucker for poetry. May I just say the line of the week is found in the poem “I See Your Lips Move, Lord,” by Tom C. Hunley: “Sometimes I feel like all my accomplishments could fit inside a Pez dispenser, with room left over for candy.” Oh my gosh, do I identify with that sentiment. And oh, do I admire Tom for adding “with room left over for candy” to the sentence. Take a look at this fine poem.
I See Your Lips Move, Lord
And while you’re at it, if you haven’t read or listened to Katie Kalisz and her poem “Everyone Pretending,” please do. Katie’s poem is part of Busy Griefs, Raw Towns, a collection of poems supporting the Ukrainian people devastated by the Russian invasion. You can find out more about Busy Griefs, Raw Towns here. 
Everyone Pretending
Jim Bratt is a fascinating person. He’s on our blog today, and his most recent blog post, “Stewing Over Synod,” started a bit of a firestorm on our comments section. He also wrote the definitive biography of Abraham Kuyper as well as Dutch Calvinism in Modern America. Do you ever wonder what really makes a guy like Jim tick? Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell and Jim talked for a while recently, and the conversation was recorded for our podcast and released yesterday. Make sure to give it a listen. 
As always, I’ve not mentioned several other items very worthy of your attention. You can see all of it here.
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
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Jeff Munroe, Editor

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