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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 …

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Always Winter, Never Christmas

In Fall 2018, Issue, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…always winter, but never Christmas.” In October, Dordt was privileged to host Dr. Gabriel Salguero as our October First Mondays speaker, and he used this famous line from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to express the despair many of us may feel …

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Peculiar People

In Issue, Winter/Spring 2019, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

I grew up on the King James Version of the Bible. There’s something about the formality of approaching God that still makes me love that translation. I’ve certainly done my historical research on the benefits and shortcomings of the KJV, and for my daily devotional life I often find myself drawn to other translations and paraphrases to enrich my study. …

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#1 in Student Engagement

In Fall 2017, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

I’m not a grandparent yet, but I hope to be someday. And, I’ve noticed something about grandparents. They all seem to realize that showing pictures and telling stories borders on annoying, but they just can’t help themselves. I feel the same right now. So, I’m behaving like a proud grandpa and announcing that, for the second year in a row, …

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What’s in a Name

In Spring/Summer 2017, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

In November 1618 in the Netherlands, a group of theologians gathered in the small town of Dordrecht for a church meeting. It lasted nine months. Dordrecht—Dordt for short—is the reason Dordt College received its unusual name. Since Dordt’s theological roots are linked to that city and that synod, we’ve started conversations with Dordrecht city and church officials to celebrate and …

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Tyranny of the “OR”

In Winter/Spring 2017, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

I was asked recently by the parent of a prospective student whether Dordt College was remaining true to its Reformed distinctives or watering that perspective down to appeal to a broader audience. As president, that’s a question I enjoy responding to. I’ve been a student of both Jim Collins and Roger Martin for many years. Neither are explicitly Reformed thinkers—but …

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Multiplication of the First 35

In Fall 2016, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

This fall, we’ve been hosting “Defender Nation” gatherings across North America. At these events we offered updates on the state of the college and encouraged financial support for the completion of our Science and Technology Center project. At two of these gatherings, I met Juna (Kosters) Hoekman and Donna (Rietema) Van Zanten, two of 35 students from the 1955 inaugural …

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Are We a Liberal Arts College?

In Spring/Summer 2016, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

“Liberal Arts” is a term many of us use almost instinctively.  We’ve grown up with it, and we sometimes assume that everyone uses it the way we do. I probably hear “liberal arts” seven or eight times a week—from prospective students, current parents, or alumni. I don’t always interrupt and correct them, but at Dordt College we think of and …