About Me: 
Who I am: ex-New Yorker, employed by Christian Reformed World Missions. Before I started searching for a Christian college to attend, I had never heard of the CRCNA, although the city of my birth has Dutch roots, and we had a town named "Huguenot" and a "Huguenot Reformed Church". Where I came from: I was raised in Staten Island, NY (the "forgotten borough" of NYC) in a Roman Catholic family. My journey gradually led me to leave Catholicism, but the key is that I am saved by grace and by my faith in Jesus Christ. Where I'm going: That's up to God, I suppose. Sometimes I wish I knew.
Interests: 
My passions include anti-racism, size acceptance, hanging out with my many "nieces" and "nephews", and updating the Johanna Veenstra wikipedia page.
  • MY THOUGHTS BELOW, WHILE INFORMED IN PART BY MY ANTI-RACISM WORK AND TRAINING, ARE MY OWN AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF MY EMPLOYER. 

    I agree that "visible" minority is an awkward...

  •  I'm saying this not as a representative of my employer, but just as a personal musing...I wonder if helping with this type of issue would fall under the umbrella of Pastor-Church Relations? I...

  • I want to know the list of words you are concerned about! I'm a former New Yorker living in West Michigan, and I've had my share of foibles...

  • One other thing, Angela...the "contact us" link will work with Gmail if you use Firefox or Chrome as your browser. I'm guessing you're using Internet Explorer, which of course is going to want to...

  • I went through a cognitive-based therapy program several years ago that all but banned the word "but" in favor of "and". Something to think about...

    Read Psalm 34 and know that God does not...

    posted on: My Heart Hurts
  • Very good points, John. I am well aware that there are serious issues with people who have never been convicted...Sexual abuse of children is rampant in the church--I have a good friend whose...

  • I have some colleagues who are active Rotary members. I called your post to their attention, and I expect that they will respond to you at some point.

    I don't get the sense, however, that...

  • A show on TLC that I love is The Little Couple, about a married couple who happen to be Little People. The wife is a successful neonatal doctor, and they do a good job of showing her going about...

  • I agree that the heart does matter . . . but for the broader community, and for changing societal attitudes (which I agree may or may not lead to heart change), I think that language *is*...

  • I always learn so much from you, Mark! My almost-three-year-old godson is fascinated by anything on wheels, not to mention that he notices EVERYTHING, and I've been stretched as I've had to answer...