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July 27, 2018What do smartphones have to do with our spiritual health? Calvin Seminary recently held a Smartphone Retreat to discern as a community the ways we use our smartphones and the effects they have on us. We found that for many of us, our smartphone use shows signs of addictive patterns, and that for all of us, we can reflect on what we do with our moments, minutes, and “downtime” throughout the day, and the implications this has for our spiritual lives and our life together in community.
June 14, 2018Millions of people who suffer from dementia, and their loved ones and caregivers, face slow and agonizing decline. How can we show love to these neighbors? How can we view life and death in a way that challenges North American culture? Mary VandenBerg addressed these questions at the Loving Your Neighbor conference in 2016.
June 6, 2018Danjuma Gibson recently took a class from Calvin Seminary to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to wrestle with questions about theology, suffering, and oppression. He reflects on the impact of those visits on participants.
May 24, 2018Tracing the paths of biblical history in the Holy Land gives new dimensions to our reading of Scripture. But today, Israel and Palestine lie at the center of intense conflict. Gary Burge has spent a career studying and traveling to the Holy Land. He talks about navigating its paths and guiding students on their own experiences there.