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Pondering Sin

In Issue, Winter/Spring 2022, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

I’ve been thinking quite often about sin over the past year. You might be surprised to see a president’s column focus on such a topic. Typically, columns like this are filled with the glories of students, alumni, and faculty of the university. I’ve written those pieces in the past—and will again.I believe that readers of The Voice of Dordt University …

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Making a Defense

In Fall 2021, Issue, With the President by Sarah Moss

I have served for nearly a decade as president of Dordt University. One question I’ve been asked often is about Dordt’s identity as “the Defenders.” It’s a name that we have begun to use more often, from referring to our alumni base as “Defender Nation” to establishing our place athletically as “Defender Athletics.” Where did the name “Defender” come from? …

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Deo Volente

In Issue, Spring/Summer 2021, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

When I was growing up, one of my pastors had the habit of using the words “Lord willing” when announcing an upcoming church activity. The words caught my ear in a peculiar manner when I was younger: “The congregation will celebrate the sacrament of baptism on Sunday, August 24—Lord willing.” Sometimes it would appear in our church bulletin using the …

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Hard on Ideas, Soft on People

In Issue, Winter/Spring 2021, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

One of the joys of the spring semester is that I get to speak at the first chapel in January. This year, it happened to coincide with the inauguration of President Joe Biden; as our worship team welcomed students with praise songs, Biden had been president for about two minutes. Given the date and time of day, I reminded our …

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Bloom Where You are Planted

In Fall 2020, Issue, With the President by Sarah Moss

On October 19, my father, Dennis Hoekstra, celebrated his 90th birthday by visiting us here at Dordt University. Over the weekend, we played nine holes of golf, hunted pheasants near his boyhood home in South Dakota, and cheered the Defender football team to a win. My father held many leadership roles in Christian non-profit organizations, including serving as Trinity Christian …

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A Quiet Semester

In Issue, Spring/Summer 2020, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

The spring semester of 2020 will go down in history at Dordt University as the “quiet semester.”  Since 5 p.m. on March 5 when we began our spring break, the campus has been eerily quiet—devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of teaching, learning, and living that enlivens this place. This week, a good friend mentioned to me that organizational …

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Mitigating Motto Migration

In Issue, Winter/Spring 2020, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

In Christi Glorium—”All for the Glory of Christ”—was the original motto of Harvard University. Chosen by the board in 1650, this motto served for the first nearly 200 years until it was changed in 1836 to Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, or “Truth for Christ and the Church.” By 1880, Harvard jettisoned Christ and the church in the seal, and since …

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Putting Our Worldview to Work in All Seasons

In Fall 2019, Issue, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

In 2020, Dordt University will invite all presidential candidates—Republican or Democrat—to campus. None are likely to be met with enthusiasm by everyone. Yet, we believe it is good to take advantage of our unusual standing as an early voting state to allow students, alumni, and the broader community who wish to participate meaningfully and up-close in the political process. Sifting …

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Our Theology is Like a Map

In Spring/Summer 2019, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

The spring semester of 2019 is complete. We’ve closed the book on the last official semester of Dordt College. On May 10 more than 350 new kingdom citizens graduated. They’ve fanned out from Sioux Center to the ends of the earth, eager to work effectively for Christ-centered renewal.   The 2018-19 academic year was also the year we celebrated the …

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A Three-Legged Stool

In Issue, Spring/Summer 2018, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

Nearly 400 years ago, Reformed theologians gathered at Dordrecht in the Netherlands for a church meeting–a synod–that lasted nine months. Delegates to the meeting covered many topics, including sessions on the challenge of ensuring that young people not only learned church doctrine, but also had their hearts, minds, and hands shaped in such a way that they would love God …