Gerard Frenk

Bijbel, theologie en kunst


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Dover Beach

Posted by Gerard Frenk on January 30, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (75)

Dover Beach

De zee is kalm vannacht.

Het tij is vol, de maan ligt fraai over Het Nauw;

aan Franse kant glimt licht, en is verdwenen.

England’s kliffen staan glinsterend en breed,

rondom de vredige baai.

Kom naar het raam, zoet is de nacht lucht!


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Posted by Gerard Frenk on January 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (61)

De vreemdeling in uw midden

Altijd hebben mensen macht over anderen uitgeoefend. Altijd wordt die macht betwist. Altijd zijn er mensen geweest die uitweken naar andere landen als ze in hun eigen land vervolgd werden, in onmin leefden met de heersers of slachtoffer dreigden te worden van een machtstrijd die over hun ruggen werd uitgevochten.

Machthebbers hebben meestal een tweeslachtige houding ten aanzi...

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Gelijk op alle vlakken?

Posted by Gerard Frenk on August 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Er hapert nog iets aan de inzegening van vrouwelijke predikanten in de Nederlandse Adventkerk.

In november van 2012 stemden ongeveer 80% van de afgevaardigden naar het landelijke congres van de Nederlandse Unie van Zevende-dags Adventisten voor de volgende motie:

Gezien het Bijbelse principe van gelijkwaardigheid van man en vrouw, geven de afgevaardigden, in

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Adventist church and women's ordination: which way in Europe?

Posted by Gerard Frenk on July 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I have just finished reading Reinder Bruinsma’s most recent blog (12th juli 2015) In his typically irenic and pragmatic way he outlines a route which the Seventh-day Adventist church might take as a way to solve the tensions created by the NO vote on the ordination of women at the most recent General Conference session.

It could be a way to go but I am afraid Bruinsma fails to address a vital issue. Near...

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The Wealth of Nations

Posted by Gerard Frenk on February 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

My website has as motto “there’s never an end to reading”. For me that means I have a book available even in the smallest room of the house. For the last year that has been The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith. A classic tekst on economics. I first encountered it more than forty years ago when studying history at Sydney University. For a paper on the corn laws and mercantilism I could hardly ignore Smith’s book. I focussed on the necessary ...

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Poems by Jan Eijkelboom

Posted by Gerard Frenk on January 25, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Jan Eijkelboom ( 1926-2008 ) was a Dutch journalist, writer and poet. His first poems were published in 1979 when he was well past fifty. English poets were among his favourites and during his life he translated various works by Larkin, Donne, Yeats, and Walcott.

In 2004, he is then 78, his own collection Binnensmonds jubelend (mumbling jubilation) was published. It contained a number of mood pieces. Of these I have translated th...

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A sigh of relief

Posted by Gerard Frenk on January 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The professor said nothing. He sighed. My proposal for a research paper lay between us on his desk. Its title, The role of the Spirit in Preaching was clearly visible. He remained silent for a while longer and then said, “before you can begin to write about the Spirit, you need to sing about Him.” My eyes must have formed one huge question mark, because he began to smile at so much incomprehension. With an elegant gesture he swept my proposal to the edge of his des...

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Being church

Posted by Gerard Frenk on December 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)



“The fundamental problem we face is that, even though there are large segments of postmodern believers in the pew, most of the Adventist hierarchy is very ‘modern’ and has no idea what or how postmoderns think,” (Reinder Bruinsma, quoted on

Current church leadership labours under the misapprehenssion that a churc...

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Chronos and the (Adventist) Church

Posted by Gerard Frenk on November 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The ancient Greek myths never grow old. Consider the following.

Authoritarian leaders tend to look in the mirror and see an embodiment of the popular will. They imagine themselves to be the soul and voice of a nation or corporation. They have all knowledge at their disposal and all blessings flow from their hearts. In time all the organs of state or the departments of a company exist solely to implement the will of...

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Posted by Gerard Frenk on November 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Dutch author Frans Kellendonk (1951-1990) once wrote: “Idolatry is the refusal to meet the challenge of mystery”. He goes on to castigate writers and painters who think that by producing “realistic” work they offer us an actual representation of what is. The premisse underlying their work is that essential points in our experience are shared by all and that this agreement is the source of objectivity. Shared experience becomes a democratic way to rea...

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