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This Week in the Reformed Journal: Who Doesn't Love a Smorgasbord?

This Week in the Reformed Journal: Who Doesn't Love a Smorgasbord?
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #81 • View online
Dear Friends,
I don’t give our blog enough attention in these weekly summaries, so today I am going to start there. The blog is a smorgasbord, offering several different entries. Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell, who does the heavy lifting organizing all the authors and articles, likes to say, “If you don’t like what we put up today, there’s always tomorrow.” But I did like the entries this week, again and again. I commend all of them to you, but want to specifically point out three well-written, thoughtful, and moving articles. I’m speaking of the work of Katy Sundararajan, Brian Keepers, and Tim Van Deelen. Take a look. 

In Deep Fog
Grace Full Circle
September Rain
Pastors take note: Next time you’re preaching on the Lord’s Supper, or preparing for Holy Week, or simply serving communion, Brent Newsom has given a wonderful gift to you with his poem “Last Supper.” I can imagine hundreds of sermons being enhanced by Brent’s interpretation of what it was like to be there that night when Jesus broke bread and raised a cup. Brent explains a bit of his process in our poetry podcast conversation with Rose Postma, which you’ll find enlightening and helpful. 
Last Supper
Brent’s poem “Rooted” is an invitation to look at trees with new eyes, and I loved how he tied that in with those familiar words from Psalm 1 about trees planted by streams of water. Another lovely poem and more sermon fodder. 
Rooted
It seems to me that Brent’s poems are calling us to pay attention. (A theme, by the way, picked up on the blog this morning by Jim Schaap.)  Jon Hiskes invites us to look at the world through the eyes of Kiese Laymon in his review/essay “Kiese Laymon and Revision as a Way of Life.” Jon’s article raised a question for me: whose work do you attend to? If it is only “PLY” (People Like You), chances are you’re short changing yourself on the fullness of life around you. 
Kiese Laymon and Revision as a Way of Life
As always, there is more at our home page.
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
Editor
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