We need to know that our prayers make a difference, but prayer is not magic or manipulation.
Our panel of contributors replies to questions from readers on topics like these: ethics, relationships, missional living, faith formation, vocation/calling, digital life, church/Bible/doctrine, and stewardship. Got a question you’d like answered?
- May 22, 2023| |
Here are three of my current favorite apps and a bit about why I like them. Search for them online by name if you want to check them out.
- May 15, 2023| |
Are officebearers in the Christian Reformed Church required to teach only penal substitutionary atonement theory, or may they explain other atonement theories?
- May 8, 2023| |
Is it to send out applications one at a time and wait? Or send a bunch until I find something?
- May 1, 2023| |
We know from Scripture that Christians are commanded to forgive. But is it always required, even in situations of abuse or violence?
- April 24, 2023| |
These prayers involve asking, listening, and acting—perhaps not what first comes to mind when we think of the call to pray.
- April 17, 2023| |
Our children are visual learners, but so much in our worship and church programming is word-based. What's a parent to do?
- April 10, 2023| |
Our children look to us as their example for how to live. Through us, they discern a model for how to live as broken people in a broken world.
- April 3, 2023| |
I’m hearing a lot about the artificially intelligent ChatGPT these days. Should I pay attention?
- March 27, 2023| |
There are important context clues to help us understand this phrase.
- March 20, 2023| |
My job feels as if it has become my whole life. As much as I love it, I don’t think it’s healthy for me to check my messages constantly or work whenever I have a free moment. How do I break the pattern I’ve fallen into?
- March 13, 2023| |
Can a couple get married in the eyes of the church but not in the eyes of the state if they have financial or family concerns about a legal marriage?
- March 6, 2023| |
If a loved one invites me to their same-sex wedding, can I show love by attending the wedding or would attending communicate that I agree with same-sex marriage?
- February 27, 2023| |
What might be signs of the kingdom of God at work?
- February 20, 2023| |
Our family has gotten into the habit of streaming worship rather than attending in person. As adults, we meet regularly with our small group, but what is the downside for our kids?
- February 13, 2023| |
My mom is refusing to follow through with the medical treatment the doctor is recommending. She knows this will likely shorten her life, yet she remains stubborn. How can I get her to see her life’s value to us and especially to her grandkids?
- January 30, 2023| |
I know big technology companies keep track of our every move online, but what about privacy among family members and friends online?
- January 23, 2023| |
No one can simply write a letter to synod unless they have standing to do so and have followed the prescribed procedures for submitting material for synod’s agenda.
- January 16, 2023| |
Assuming God did predestine only a select few to be saved, why would he bother creating people he did not elect for salvation?
- January 9, 2023| |
I have loved animals my whole life, so working in an animal hospital seemed like an obvious choice for a career.
- January 2, 2023| |
Could joining God’s mission begin with recognizing God already at work?
- December 26, 2022| |
In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies. So why does the CRC allow its members to go to war?
- December 19, 2022| |
My kids want to go to a youth group at another church with their friends. We don’t have time to be involved at this church and wonder if it is appropriate to hand our kids to another group.
- December 12, 2022| |
Should I reconsider retirement plans if I am concerned about having too much “together time” with my husband? I love him but am worried we’ll get on each other’s nerves.