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Douglas Brouwer
Musings about faith and life, plus some really good newspaper columns
Created 12 Jan 2021
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  • The Great Resignation Comes to Church
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my November column for the @HollandSentinel… Some church members were shocked recently to learn that 29 percent of Christian pastors in the U.S., according to a Barna Group study, had given “re...
  • My best advice for writers: "Let 'er rip"
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Last week I taught the final class in a writing course for lifelong learners. My students, all of them older than I am, listened attentively each week, which was remarkable given that each class was 9...
  • I'm a Boomer
    29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my October column for the Holland Sentinel… I’m a Boomer. And therefore I’m responsible for much of what’s wrong with our country and life in general. I’m sorry. (Sometimes it’s best to accept ...
  • My prayer for a class reunion
    15 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    I’m offering a prayer before lunch at my 50th high school class reunion later this week and decided to look up a prayer I offered at my 30th college reunion… Dear God, We thank you for all that you ha...
  • Weltschmerz
    01 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my September column for the Holland Sentinel… For several years I lived in a German-speaking part of the world, and while there I was required to learn the language, which I did, as well as a p...
  • What I learned at a writers conference
    18 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    “I’m going to a writers conference this weekend to learn how to write,” I said to my 94-year-old mother, letting her know that I would be away for a few days. “Oh, Doug, you know how to write” was her...
  • Vaccinations: A tiny bit of history
    04 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my August column for the estimable @HollandSentinel which, for some reason, keeps publishing my stuff… I’m not a historian, but I enjoy reading history. Like a lot of people today, I’ve been th...
  • The Man in the Marine Cap
    03 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my July column for the Holland Sentinel. Since it appears on Fourth of July weekend, it’s got just a tiny discussion of patriotism… On my walk today I passed a man who, from the color of his ha...
  • Lunch with My Mother
    28 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    Here’s an essay I wrote for the Reformed Journal… The last time I had lunch with my mother had been fifteen months ago—in other words, before the pandemic. A few months after the pandemic began, I cam...
  • What I learned during the Pandemic
    01 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    Here’s my June column for the @HollandSentinel, which just keeps winning awards: What did I learn during the pandemic? I’m tempted to say, “Not much,” because that might get a laugh, and I have always...
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