The Reformed Journal Podcast
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The Reformed Journal PodcastMay 23, 2023
"Sidewalk Cracks (Metaphysicals V)" by D.S. Martin
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.S. Martin about his poem "Sidewalk Cracks (Metaphysicals V)" inspired by John Donne's 19 Holy Sonnets. Don is a widely published poet and the Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College. He's also a series editor for the Poiema Poetry Series. You can listen to “Garden,” the first poem in this series in The Reformed Journal Podcast. You can also read the other poems in this series on our website.
“There is a Door” by Kimberly Phinney
In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Kimberly Phinney about her poem “There is a Door.” Kimberly is a national award-winning educator, English professor, and professional photographer. She studied at Goddard’s MFA program in Creative Writing. After surviving severe illness in 2021, she’s earning her doctorate in counseling to help the marginalized and suffering. Visit her literary community at www.TheWayBack2Ourselves.com and on Instagram @thewayback2ourselves.
“Jobless Too Long: Variations on a Theme by Milton” by Richard St. John
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Richard St. John about his poem “Jobless Too Long: Variations on a Theme by Milton.” Richard is a nationally-published poet whose newest collection of poetry, Book of Entangled Souls, was published in June 2022. He received degrees in English from Princeton University and the University of Virginia. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife.
“Into the Water” by Dave Warners
In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Dave Warners about his poem “Into the Water.” Dave is a biology faculty member at Calvin University and director of Plaster Creek Stewards. He also teaches a summer course at Au Sable Institute. He and his wife Teri have three children who are involved in a variety of musical, artistic and athletic activities.
“Red-Flowering Currant” by Paul J. Willis
In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Paul J. Willis about his poem “Red-Flowering Currant.” Paul is a retired professor of English and the author of seven collections of poetry. His most recent poetry collection is Somewhere to Follow.
“Faux Thaw” by D. R. James
In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews D. R. James about his poem “Faux Thaw." David has retired from teaching college writing, literature, and peace studies. He is the author of the full-length poetry collections Mobius Trip.
"Coalsack Nebula" by Laura Reece Hogan
In this episode of the poetry edition, Rose Postma interviews Laura Reece Hogan about her poem “Coalsack Nebula.” Laura is the author of Litany of Flights, O Garden-Dweller, and I Live, No Longer I. "Coalsack Nebula" was originally published in America Magazine and will appear in a collection called Butterfly Nebula from the University of Nebraska Press on October 2023.
“Happy Lent” by Justin Lacour
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Justin Lacour about his poem “Happy Lent.” Justin lives in New Orleans and edits Trampoline: A Journal of Poetry. He is also the author of the chapbook, Mr. Gravity’s Blue Holiday.
“Lost Fragment from an Interview with Her Maid” by Lynn Domina
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Lynn Domina about her poem “Lost Fragment from an Interview with Her Maid.” Lynn is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence, and the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her most recent book is a collection of reflections, Devotions from HERstory: 31 Days with Women of Faith. She is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University and is Creative Writing Editor of The Other Journal.
Jeff Munroe interviews Charles Marsh about his latest book, Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir. Charles is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Director of the Live Theology Project. They discuss Charles’ upbringing in an evangelical family and culture in the South during the late 1960s, as well as his mental health journey as an adult.
“The Fog” by Cole Hartin
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Cole Hartin about his poem “The Fog.” Rev. Cole Hartin is Rector of St. Luke's Church in Saint John, New Brunswick and lives near the Bay of Fundy, on Canada's East Coast. His popular writing and commentary has been published by Christianity Today, The Toronto Star, Huffington Post, and other places.
“Proclaiming Psalm 19 from a Lakeside Dock” by Steven Peterson
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Steven Peterson about his poem “Proclaiming Psalm 19 from a Lakeside Dock.” Steven is poet and playwright living in Chicago. His recent poems appear in Alabama Literary Review, America, The Christian Century, and other journals. He is currently a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists.
“Merton’s Surprise” by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Angela Alaimo O’Donnell about her poem “Merton’s Surprise.” Angela is a writer, poet, and professor at Fordham University in New York City where she teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies. She has written 10 books of poetry.
“Psalms Too” by Mischa Willett
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Mischa Willett about his poem “Psalms Too.” Mischa is the author of two critically-acclaimed books of poetry: The Elegy Beta and Phases, and is editor of Philip James Bailey’s epic Festus. He teaches in the English Department at Seattle Pacific University and in its MFA program in Creative Writing.
“The 200 Pagan Students of St. Cassian of Imola” by Marjorie Maddox
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Marjorie Maddox about her poem “The 200 Pagan Students of St. Cassian of Imola.” Marjorie has published fourteen collections of poetry and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lockhaven University. This poem is part of her newest poetry collection entitled Begin with a Question from Paraclete Press.
“Hawk Lies Down With Rabbit” by Seth Wieck
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Seth Wieck about his poem “Hawk Lies Down with Rabbit.” Seth was born in Texas and received his BA in English and philosophy from West Texas A&M University. In 2018, he won the Rash Award in Fiction from the Broad River Review. He lives in Amarillo with his wife and two sons and teaches high school literature.
Metaphysical Poems by D.S. Martin
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.S. Martin about his poems inspired by John Donne's 19 Holy Sonnets. These poems will appear on the 4th Tuesday of each month on The Reformed Journal Podcast. They discuss “Garden,” the first poem in this series. Don is a widely published poet and the Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College. He's also a series editor for the Poiema Poetry Series.
“The Soul of my Cat” by Sara Kyoungah White
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Sara Kyoungah White about her poem “The Soul of my Cat.” Sara is a writer and an edtior, whose articles, essays, and poems have appeared in publications like Christianity Today, Ekstasis, and The Banner. She has a BA in English Literature from Cornell University and currently serves on staff with the Lausanne Movement as senior editor and content strategist. You can find her work at https://sarakyoungah.com/.
"Did I Know" by Nancy Huggett
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Nancy Huggett about her poem, “Did I Know.” Nancy is a writer, caregiver, and settler descendant who lives in Ottawa, Canada on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.
“The Prism of Neat” by Micah L. McCreary
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Rev. Dr. Micah McCreary about his poem “The Prism of Neat,” a poem used as a eulogy for Anetra. Micah is the current president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is also an author of multiple books, as well as a licensed psychologist. He is married to Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Madison-McCreary, whom he has one daughter with.
“The Uncomfortable” by Calvin VanErgens
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Derek Kuyper about his poem “The Uncomfortable.” Derek Kuyper is the creator of Calvin VanErgens, who tells the made-up stories of people from a church that may or may not look a bit like yours.
“Mary Cradles Her Child” by Matthew J. Andrews
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Matthew J. Andrews about his poem “Mary Cradles Her Child.” Matthew is a private investigator and writer. He is the author of the chapbook I Close My Eyes and I Almost Remember, and his poetry has appeared in Rust + Moth, Pithead Chapel, and EcoTheo Review, among others. He can be contacted at matthewjandrews.com.
“Blackberry Blood” by Sarah (Kalthoff) Sims
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Sarah (Kalthoff) Sims about her poem "Blackberry Blood." Sarah is originally from the Midwest but has moved to the Pacific Northwest. She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Seattle Pacific University. You can find her recent work in Opus Literary Magazine, Collision Magazine, Ekstasis Magazine, and her website https://thepleasanttrees.wordpress.com/.
“In Excelsis Deo” by Jane Zwart
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Jane Zwart about her poem "In Excelsis Deo." Jane's poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, and Threepenny Review, as well as other journals and magazines. She also reviews books, writes the occasional essay, and interviews other writers. She teaches literature and writing at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing.
“This Cup” by Marda Messick
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Marda Messick about her poem "This Cup." Marda's poems have appeared in The Christian Century, Delmarva Review, and several other journals. Marda is also a retired Lutheran pastor. She used to pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
“Ruach Elohim” by Bethany Besteman
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Bethany Besteman about her poem “Ruach Elohim.” Bethany Besteman works as a worship coordinator and a church administrator for Silver Spring CRC in Maryland. She's also the intake editor for Reformed Worship, and is currently working toward a PhD in English Literature at Catholic University of America.
"Leaning" by Sean O'Neill
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Sean O’Neill about his poem “Leaning.” Sean O’Neill was born in Scotland, but has lived in the US for the last 15 years. He has published fifteen books of poetry and two books of light verse. He is also the author of the best selling book, How to Write a Poem: A Beginner's Guide. When Sean is not publishing books, he is translating Italian and French books into English. You can find more of his work at http://seanoneillwriter.com/.
"Litter Me" by L. Ward Abel
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews L. Ward Abel about his poem “Litter Me.” L. Ward Abel’s work has appeared in hundreds of journals including a nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the author of three full collections and ten chapbooks of poetry, including his latest collection, The Width of Here. He is a reformed lawyer, he writes and plays music, and he teaches literature. Abel resides in rural Georgia.
"Grief" by Ann Iverson
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Ann Iverson about her poem “Grief." Ann is a writer and artist. She is the author of five poetry collections: Come Now to the Window by the Laurel Poetry Collective, Definite Space and Art Lessons by Holy Cow! Press; Mouth of Summer and No Feeling is Final by Kelsay Books. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and venues including six features on Writer’s Almanac. Her poem "Plenitude" was set to a choral arrangement by composer Kurt Knecht. As a visual artist, she enjoys the integrated relationship between the visual image and the written image. Her art work has been featured in several art exhibits as well as in a permanent installation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. She is currently working on her sixth collection of poetry, a book of children's verse, and a collection of personal essays.
Canadian Summer Psalm 23
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews John Terpstra about his poem “Canadian Summer Psalm 23.” John is a poet and non-fiction writer residing in Canada, as well as a long time furniture maker and carpenter currently working on practicing retirement. Check out his poetry collections In the Company of All and Wild Hope, and find out more about John at http://johnterpstra.com/.
“Miracle” by Kate Bolt
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Kate Bolt about her poem “Miracle.” Kate Bolt is a recipe writer who has published two cookbooks. She also started a blog that ended up being a catering business. Kate lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, three kids, and golden retriever.
“In the Dark” by Jessica Whipple
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Jessica Whipple about her poem “In the Dark.” Jessica Whipple is a writer for adults and children, and her poetry has been widely published. Jessica’s debut picture book titled “Enough Is” was illustrated by Nicole Wong and will be published March 2023 by Tilbury House.
“Fishing Again” by Eric Potter
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Eric Potter about his poem "Fishing Again." Eric is the author of several chapbooks and poetry collections, including “Things Not Seen.” He is also a professor of English at Grove City College, where he teaches courses in modern poetry, American literature, and creative writing.
“Last Supper” by Brent Newsom
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Brent Newsom about his poem "Last Supper." Brent is an award-winning poet and has been widely published in a variety of journals. He is the author of the poetry collection “Love's Labors” and teaches creative writing, literature, editing, and composition at Oklahoma Baptist University.
"Mirabilia, in the Garden” by Rebecca Spears
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Rebecca Spears about her poem “Mirabilia, in the Garden." Rebecca is the author of Brook the Divide and The Bright Obvious. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and she has received many writing awards, including a Pushcart nomination.
In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Jennifer Holberg, professor of English at Calvin University, co-director of Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jennifer discusses her childhood as an army brat, the effects of the early death of her mother, and her forthcoming book “Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape our Faith,” which is expected to come out in July 2023.
“How the Fog Can Matter” by D.R. James
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.R. James about his poem "How the Fog Can Matter." David lives in the woods outside Michigan, and has recently retired from Hope College. His most recent poetry collection is called Mobius Trip.
In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Dr. James Bratt, professor emeritus of history at Calvin University and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jim describes himself as both a “Pharisee of Pharisees” and a “loyal opposition” in the CRC world. He discusses his early life, his typology of Dutch Reformed traditions in America, and his perspectives on the interactions of Christian intellectual history and American politics.
“Everyone Pretending” by Katie Kalisz
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Katie Kalisz about her poem "Everyone Pretending." The poem appeared in a collection called Busy Griefs, Raw Towns, a poetic response to the brutality of the war in Ukraine. Katie teaches at Grand Rapids Community College, and her first book of poetry is entitled Quiet Woman. Learn more about Katie at https://www.katiekalisz.com/.
"The Dark" by D.S. Martin
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.S. Martin about his poem "The Dark." Don is the poet in residence at McMaster Divinity College, and his most recent poetry collection is “Angelicus,” a collection of poetry written from the perspective of angels. Find out more about his work at dsmartin.ca.
"You Could Call This Mercy" by Laurie Klein
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Laurie Klein about her poem "You Could Call This Mercy." Laurie is the author of "Where the Sky Opens" and "Bodies of Water, Bodies of Flesh," a winner of the Thomas Merton Poetry Prize for “Poetry of the Sacred,” and a Pushcart nominee. Laurie blogs monthly at lauriekleinscribe.com.
“East River, South Dakota” by Cameron Brooks
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Cameron Brooks about his poem "East River, South Dakota." Cameron is an MFA candidate at Seattle Pacific University, and his poems have appeared in Poetry East, North Dakota Quarterly, Third Wednesday, and more. Check out his website at https://www.camerondavidbrooks.com/.
“Wanton” by Anne Marie Holwerda Warner
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Anne Marie Holwerda Warner about her poem "Wanton." Anne Marie is a divinity student at Western Theological Seminary and a postulate for priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Her poems have appeared in 15 publications, including Earth and Altar, The Hour, Impossible Task, and The Last Stands of Poetry Journal.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe interviews Tom Boogaart, Dennis and Betty Lou Voskuil Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary. Tom talks becoming a sheet metal worker at 10, the emptiness of achievement and recognition, his approaches to scripture and teaching, the beginnings of the current Reformed Journal, and the future of the Church.
“Little Apocalypse” by Maryann Corbett
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Maryann Corbett about her poem "Little Apocalypse." Maryann is the author of five books of poems, including her most recent collection called "In Code.”
“Snow and Aspergillum” by Paul Hooker
In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Paul Hooker about his poem "Snow and Aspergillum." Paul, a retired pastor and former Associate Dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has authored two volumes of reflections and poetry, “Days and Times: Poems from the Liturgy of Living” and The Hole in the Heart of God: Stories of Creation and Redemption."
In this episode, Jeff Munroe interviews Rev. Jared Ayers, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, Florida and one of the writers for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jared recounts his experiences in ministry, starting with being the child of a pastor, sharing the gospel in Eastern Europe, and church planting in Philadelphia, to serving a large, politically diverse church population in a polarized America. He also shares some of his mentors and literary influences.
In this episode, book review editor Deb Van Duinen interviews Nikki Grimes, poet and bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including the Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the Coretta Scott King award honor books Jasmine's Notebook, Talking about Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Nikki discusses using her poetic voice for worship, as well as the origins of her latest book, Glory in the Margins: Sunday Poems.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe interviews Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell, co-pastor of the Second Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa and one of the original editors and writers for the Reformed Journal Blog. Steve chats with Jeff about his memories with his politically engaged father, his love for the Reformed Journal which began in his high school years, and his journey to co-pastoring with his wife, Sophie.
In this episode, Kate Kooyman has a family conversation with her uncle, Doug Brouwer and her cousin, Sarah Brouwer. Doug and Sarah are both ministers ordained by the Presbyterian Church, and they discuss Doug's book Chasing after Wind: A Pastor's Life and reflect on their experiences in ministry and the generational changes they have observed.
"Bioluminescence" by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
In this episode of the Poetry Edition of the Reformed Journal Podcast, Rose Postma interviews Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer about her poem "Bioluminescence." Rosemerry has been publishing her poetry daily on her website A Hundred Falling Veils for the last 10+ years, and is a co-host of the podcast Emerging Form.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe speaks with Rebecca Koerselman, professor of history at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and contributor to the Reformed Journal Blog. Jeff and Rebecca talk about Rebecca's journey from high school history teacher to scholar and professor, where she gets inspiration for her writing, evangelicalism in the United States, and her history-informed perspective on political and social polarization in 2022.
"Perennial" by Dave Schelhaas
In this inaugural episode of the Poetry Edition of the Reformed Journal Podcast, Rose Postma interviews Dave Schelhaas about the origins of his poem "Perennial," which was celebrated in the poetry anthology Final Exam: Poems About Teachers and Their Students.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Kate Kooyman, author of the most viewed post in the Reformed Journal Blog, "I'm Sick of Appreciating Teachers." Kate is an ordained minister with the RCA, spent 10 years working in the CRC's Office of Social Justice, and currently serves as District Director for Michigan state senator Winnie Brinks. Jeff and Kate discuss Kate's path to becoming a minister, the role of social justice in Christian life, and her approach to writing impactful blog posts.
In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell has a conversation with April Fiet, co-pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Scottsbluff. April is the author of The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls and a lover of creativity and delight in life. Steve and April talk about a whimsical crochet project that caught the attention of the Washington Post and MSN, as well as the four "dances" of The Sacred Pulse. You can find more of April's work at aprilfiet.com.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Jon Pott, former editor-in-chief of Williams B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Jon has had a long career in the Christian publishing industry and has worked on numerous influential volumes, including Eerdmans' Contemporary Writers in Christian Perspective series. Listen to this episode to find out how Jon found himself in the publishing world and hear stories about the interesting people he has collaborated with as an editor.
In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell chats with Jim Schaap, writer and retired Dordt University professor of English. Jim has authored novels, devotionals, and a history of the Christian Reformed Church, and continues to write for his daily blog, as well as hosts the podcast Small Wonders on NPR. In this conversation Steve and Jim discuss the roots of Jim's creative energy, his mission-oriented approach, and his fascination with the Great Plains, the Ghost Dance, and Native American rights, the subjects of his latest project.
In this episode, Jeff Munroe, editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Jeff Crosby, President and CEO of the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. Jeff C has been involved in the Christian publishing industry for nearly four decades, including 5 years as Publisher for InterVarsity Press (IVP). Listen to this week's conversation to hear about how Jeff C found himself in the Christian book business, Jeff's time at IVP, and the future of Christian publishing, as well as get great book recommendations.
In this episode, Deborah Van Duinen, book review editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Cornelius (Neal) Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian worship at Calvin University. Neal has written several books, including Not the Way It's Supposed to Be (Eerdmans, 1995), Christianity Today's 1996 "Book of the Year," and Engaging God's World (Eerdmans, 2002), the 2003 "Book of the Year." Deb and Neal discuss his newest book, Morning and Evening Prayers, why more Christians should use published prayers, how Reformed theology informed the prayers in his book, and more.
In this episode, Deborah Van Duinen, book review editor at the Reformed Journal, talks with Gayle Boss, author of All Creation Waits (2016) and Wild Hope (2020). Gayle shares the stories behind the Advent and Lent devotionals rooted in her deep love for God's creatures, as well as how we can become better caretakers of Creation. More information on Gayle's work can be found at gayleboss.com.
Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor
In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell talks with Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor of The Leader's Journey, an organization that helps leaders and organizations grow their emotional intelligence so that they can be the healthiest, most effective versions of themselves. In this conversation, they discuss their Enneagram numbers, the evolving challenges facing the RCA and other Christian denominations in North America, and The Leader's Journey's work with pastors, congregations, and denominations.
In this episode, Jennifer Holberg talks with Makoto Fujimura, a leading contemporary artist whose process driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”. He was a Presidential Nominee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009, and served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision-makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In this episode, they discuss Fujimura's book, Art + Faith: A Theology of Making, and what Japanese kintsugi and John 11 can tell us about God's gratuitous love.
Tim Van Deelen
In this episode, Jeff Munroe talks with Tim Van Deelen, who is a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is also a frequent contributor to The Reformed Journal, regularly contributing the blog and writing essays. In this episode, they discuss Tim's work, as well as ways that individuals can make a difference around climate change, and more.
In this episode, Rev. Kate Kooyman talks with Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, who is the Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. He attended Calvin University and Western Seminary, and has also served as the National Organizer and Spokesperson at the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. They discuss Rev. Meyaard-Schaap's advocacy for climate change throughout his life, what he has learned about his faith through this work, as well as advice for those who want to become involved in climate change advocacy.
In this episode of The Reformed Journal Podcast, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell talks with Rev. Reggie Smith, the Director of Diversity for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Rev. Reggie Smith grew up in Chicago, Illinois, then attended Calvin Seminary. He then pastored Northside Community CRC in New Jersey for almost two years before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he pastored Roosevelt Park Community CRC for 20 years. He has also taught urban ministry and urban development classes at Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In 2017, he began serving with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, where he currently serves as the Director of Diversity. Tune in to hear their conversation!
In this episode, Jeff Munroe talks with Charlie Lowell, a founding member of the band Jars of Clay. Charlie is a three-time Grammy winner and most recently produced and co-wrote a song called "The End" that was streamed over five million times and featured in the Netflix series Bridgerton. They discuss his life, career, and play a segment of his most recent song.
Meredith Anne Miller
In this episode, Kate Kooyman talks with Meredith Anne Miller, a mom, pastor, and writer with over 20 years of experience in children’s ministry and curriculum. Meredith holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies and Spanish Language & Literature from Westmont College. Meredith and her husband started Pomona Valley Church in 2019, and she has been involved with the work of the Fuller Youth Institute since 2007.
In this episode, Reformed Journal editor, Jeff Munroe, talks with Thomas Lynch about his life, career, and poetry. Thomas Lynch operated the Lynch and Sons Funeral Home in Milford, Michigan for decades. He's an accomplished essayist and poet, and he has been the subject of a documentary on PBS. He's written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and a host of others. He's also done spoken word pieces for the BBC. At the end of this episode, Thomas Lynch reads three of his poems aloud.
In this episode, Reformed Journal book review editor, Deb Van Duinen, talks with Joel Schoon-Tanis about his art and his most recently published book 40: The Gospels. Joel has a 30- year professional art career, and he is a celebrated painter who has shown his work around the United States and in Kenya. His murals can be found in many schools, children's hospitals, and churches, including murals in Kenya, Zambia, Palestine, and northern Wisconsin. He is also the creator and writer of Come On Over, a children's television show that won 13 regional Emmy awards and two national Telly awards.
Brian Allain, Todd Deatherage, and How to Heal Our Divides
Brian Allain and Tood Deatherage are co-collaborators (along with several others) in the new book How to Heal Our Divides: A Practical Guide. In this episode, Reformed Journal editor Jeff Munroe talks with Brian and Todd about the book. They especially focus on Todd's work in peacemaking with Telos and the latest round of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this episode Kate Kooyman talks to former RCA General Secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson about his new book Without Oars: Casting Off Into a Life of Pilgrimage. "Pilgrimage" becomes a metaphor for the journey of faith, based not on making one's beliefs fit into a confessional box, but on where one walks.
Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court, natural law, the nexus with public life, and how does the Reformed tradition evaluate and use natural law? Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor of Theology at Boston College discusses natural law as a source of public and Christian ethics. Dr. Cahill is known for her work in bioethics, gender studies, war-justice-and-peace. She talked with Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell
Winn Collier is the author of "A Burning in My Bones," the biography of Eugene Peterson, he's associate professor of pastoral theology at Western Theological Seminary and director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination also at Western and our guest today on the Reformed Journal podcast.
Our guest for the first episode of our new season of the Reformed Journal podcast is one of our finest spiritual writers, Marilyn McEntyre. Marilyn has written over 20 books, and has three new titles being released in the first half of 2021. RJ editor Jeff Munroe talks with her about those books, her background, and her reading and writing practices.
The Iowa Caucuses
Bob Leonard is a reporter in Iowa with almost unequaled access to the candidates, along with a deep familiarity of Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Hear Bob's thoughts on many candidates, including what might have gone wrong with some who are out of the race. What is likely to happen on caucus night? Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Dr. Bob Leonard.
Jeff Munroe on Reading Buechner
Jeff Munroe, a frequent contributor on The Twelve, has a new book -- Reading Buechner: Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher. It's generating some good reviews and lots of buzz. Hear Jeff discuss the book with Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell.
Do the Right Thing: Author, Professor, and Musician Luke Hawley
On this episode of the Reformed Journal Podcast, Luke Hawley joins us to talk about faith, music, and learning how to change the oil in his car.
Today, we’re getting to know Scott Hoezee, one of our original bloggers on the Twelve. Scott is a professor at Calvin Seminary where he is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching.
Listen as we discuss topics from “What does it mean to be Reformed?” to the importance of science in the 21st Century. All in all, in this episode we get to know Scott on a more personal level.
We hope you enjoy this episode! Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think!
Chuck De Groat
Today, one of our guest bloggers for the Twelve is with us, Chuck De Groat. He is discussing his article “What in the World Does it Mean to be Reformed?” from May 29, 2018.
Among other things, in this episode we learn more about Chuck DeGroat and his work, we learn what it means to have a generously Reformed perspective, and we learn how to have conversation with humility and curiosity rather than judgement. Furthermore, we discuss difficult topics like what it means to live out our faith, how to wrestle with the question of LGBTQ+ using a generously Reformed perspective, and narcissism in the church. These are simply a list of topics, but the conversation that flowed from them is genuine and intentional–well worth listening to.
We hope you enjoy this episode! Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think!
Today, we’ll be getting to know one of our Twelve Bloggers a little bit better. Introducing Rebecca Koerselman, a history professor at Northwestern College.
In this episode, we discussed how Rebecca’s Reformed perspective and her faith shapes the way she studies history. She also tells of her fascination with gender history – studying history from the perspective of a particular gender and how that affects the way we perceive history.
On a lighter note, one of the things Rebecca loves about teaching history is hearing the different perspectives that her students bring as they interpret history. And aside from teaching history, she finds joy in baking, spending time with her daughters, and doing projects around her home.
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Steve: okay well we welcome Rebecca Koerselman, history professor at Northwestern College in Orange City and a regular blogger on the 12 thank you Rebecca for being one of our first podcast guests for the perspective podcast
Rebecca: thank you Steve for having me
Steve: so part of our goal is just to get to know some of our bloggers a little bit better so could you just tell us a little bit about who you are or your background what you do maybe FamilyLife kind of name rank serial number starting stuff
Rebecca: Well, as you mentioned I’m a historian and I teach at Northwestern college. but I’ve kind of bounced around a few different places. I was born in Michigan, lived there for a while moved with my family to Iowa, went to Northwestern College as an undergrad and got my degree in history and secondary Ed, spent some time in South Dakota, and in central Iowa and then I spent time in Michigan at Michigan State to work on my doctoral degree in history. my first job was in Oklahoma and this is my second job, and this is my fourth year here. so we’ve lived a few different places mostly in the midwest. I have… my spouse Works in special education. and we have two daughters, which give our life a lot of fun and a lot of drama all at the same time .
Steve:and tell us about teaching. why do you like to teach? what excites you in the classroom are there courses especially to you like the teach? or topics? or what what is it that kind of makes you get up in the morning and want to go to work?
Rebecca: I love teaching. I love the interaction of Youth in particular dealing with content and history specifically. one of my favorite things about history is that it’s always an interaction between the present in the past. right? the past doesn’t necessarily change that much will occasionally does that most of the time that information say the same but we don’t. the things were interested in the things we pay attention to changes just like we do .and one of my favorite things about teaching history is that I get to see students bring their perspectives to what we’re looking at. so I could have read this book 4 5 times and then we talked about it in class, and I have students notice things and bring of things I’d never thought of or could ever possibly imagined before. and that’s one of my favorite things about teaching history. and I got to do that with high school students, I get to do that more with college students .because I got to spend less time policing behavior and more time talking about content, which I particularly enjoy. I teach all the u.s. history courses here at Northwestern College. and I’m primarily interested in 20th century US history. I do a lot and gender history and American religious history are two of my passions. I also oversee the student teachers and work a lot with the history education Majors, which I also really enjo