Since the rise of Donald Trump, liberal-leaning churches have reported surges in attendance and newfound energy in the pews. Will it prove a temporary ‘Trump bump’ or a lasting change after decades of decline in mainline Protestant churches? This Christian Science Monitor story features a Reformed Church in America congregation: Church revival? More liberals are filling Protestant pews. – CSMonitor.com
The traditional trade is in trouble in the Netherlands: Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remain | Smart News | Smithsonian
Historian Kristin Du Mez offers some wise words for us as Christmas nears: Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox – Anxious Bench
In the last days of Dutch control over Manhattan, a demagogic dictator seized the city, promising to keep unwanted foreigners at bay. The first step? Build a wall.
Here’s a fascinating interview by John Fea with Willem Klooster, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Clark University, about his new book, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World: The Author’s Corner with Willem Klooster | the way of improvement leads home
Here in Orange City, some tulips are blooming. Moreover, the Tulip Festival is less than a month away.
So, now is the time to remind ourselves about the bulb. During the Netherlands’ tulip bubble, the Semper Augustus was among the rarest and most valuable: The Most Beautiful Tulip in History Cost as Much as a House | Atlas Obscura
Pastor Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell reprises a little-known state-of-affairs in Iowa during World War I–and connects it to some perspectives loudly presented today:
• Clannish, insular immigrants who refuse to assimilate • Large families and achieving kids that quickly overshadow other residents • Loyalty given to foreign, even adversarial, governments • Houses of worship where foreign languages are spoken • Dominating clergy who browbeat their people • Houses of worship set afire by arsonists It is time for us to awaken to the
Source: The Hollander Fires – THE TWELVE