Monthly Archives: August 2016

Polarization illustrated

I can hardly claim that the past week has been very boring. Besides some activities in my role of deacon in my local church, some social commitments, and the assembling of a number of screens against mosquitoes, I invested quite a few hours in some writing and translation assignments that I am currently engaged in. In between these things I started reading a rather substantial novel: Huwelijksleven (published in in English as Married life), written by the Jewish author David … Continue reading

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Reading

  Books play an important role in my life. For a good number of years I was employed by the church as editor, translator and publisher of books and magazines. And over time I wrote in excess of twenty books—some in English and some in Dutch and some in both languages (like my most recent book). My wife Aafje also has a lot of affinity with books. She usually reads the manuscripts of my books before I submit them to … Continue reading

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Een extra blog

Over een paar dagen volgt mijn reguliere blog van deze week. In dit extra stukje wil ik een zaak aansnijden die ik heel belangrijk vind. Het gaat om hulp aan Joshua, een Keniaanse student die tandheelkunde studeert. Joshua is de zoon van Rebecca. Zij is momenteel predikant in Kenia. Rebecca Kwamboka Moses heeft theologie kunnen studeren aan de Bugema Universiteit in Oeganda en heeft vorige maand haar masters graad ontvangen van de methodistische universiteit in Nairobi, Kenia. Haar studie werd voor … Continue reading

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‘Total Membership Involvement’ – does it mean what it says?

  Through the years the leaders of the worldwide Adventist church have invented many slogans to encourage the members to get actively involved in the recruitment of new members. I remember some of them: Win one soul—Double our Membership–Harvest 90–1000 Days of Reaping.  I do not recollect in which sequence they came.  Recently a new mantra is being promoted: Total Membership Involvement (with its inevitable acronym TMI). Once again this motto is inspired by a desire for explosive numerical growth. … Continue reading

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Facing Doubt – first reactions

  Since about a week both the English and the Dutch edition of my book, that targets Adventist believers ‘on the margins’ and those who are close to that state, has been available. As yet I have no figures about the number of copies sold but it is clear that several hundreds have already been ordered. Some have already read the book and the first reactions begin to appear. I hope that the further promotion will be successful and, especially … Continue reading

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