Category Archive for: ‘Pollema, Vernon’


“Going home” are words filled with nostalgia for many people.  The word, “nostalgia,” was coined as a medical term to translate the German word, heimweh, meaning homesickness, something most of us have experienced at some point in our lives.  For example, young people, when leaving for the first time for a distant college, will attempt to fight homesickness with the …

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The Incarnate Word

What follows is the apostle John’s Gospel account of the birth of Christ. Although unique, it is not altogether different from the birth narratives in the other Gospels. John’s Gospel begins with the words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1). This appears to be a short and …

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Faith and Preaching

[The following is the August 27, 2012, convocation address presented to faculty and students at Heidelberg Theological Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rev. Pollema serves on the Board of Trustees for the seminary.] Convocation is a call or summons to assemble, usually an ecclesiastical or academic assembly. A seminary convocation is a combination of both. This evening it is appropriate …

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Portraits: Rev. Vernon Pollema

Rev. Vernon Pollema was born November 19, 1939, and reared in the Dutch community of Hull, Iowa. He attended the Christian schools of the Christian Reformed Church, graduating from Western Christian High School in 1957. He attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa from 1957 to 1959, completing his undergraduate work at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, receiving a BA …

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Thanksgiving Always and in Everything

  “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20). How is this possible? How can any person do this? Being in constant pain? Dealing with a diagnosis that includes the dreaded disease of cancer? Experiencing terrible and permanent injuries from accidents or war? Losing one’s crop to devastating …

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