Douglas Vrieland

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Chaplain, United States Navy

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Charlottesville From a Cross Cultural Perspective

There is no doubt racism is wrong. The question for those of us in the Christian Reformed Church living above the Mason-Dixon line is, how do we face this wrong without keeping records?

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Part 3

A number of years ago a seminary professor made the observation that guilt is resolved on the cross, but shame is healed in relationship. Is your church willing to embrace veterans?

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Part 2

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI This past week marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. As a uniformed member of the American armed forces who has lived in Japan for almost half of the last 15 years, this anniversary churns up deep emotions within me. It also is a good illustration of one of the issues Johnny, our imaginary returning veteran, may well be dealing with. During my three tours in Japan I have visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki twice. Hiroshima is a large, industrial city. The major attractions are the Peace Memorial...
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Veterans from America’s longest war have joined the veterans of earlier wars in our communities and churches. Their perspective has been shaped by their experience. Like everyone else, they have spiritual gifts. They also have needs...

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