One of the five desired futures expressed in our denominational ministry plan, Our Journey 2020, focuses on collaboration.
The View from Here
While the person you meet in the grocery store may not recognize the denominational name “Christian Reformed Church in North America,” you can find common ground by simply saying your church is part of the Christian church.
We need men and women of God who understand the times in which we live and can show us how to give witness to the faith we have in Christ.
Can you imagine an entire church, congregation, or denomination “doing” discipleship?
I don’t actually know any people from the Amish tradition and faith, I do have a perception of them. I picture people wearing old-fashioned clothes and driving a horse and buggy. I think of them as being “set apart” and I also admire their resolve.
That perception makes me wonder how others perceive the Christian Reformed Church.
We celebrate a God whose love became incarnate in a manger 2,000 years ago and who continues to sustain us today as a stream sustains a tree.
Earlier this year, synod encouraged denominational ministries to honor the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort, which met between 1618-19 in the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands.
Those who attended Inspire 2017 were privileged to view a video that showed multiple speakers reciting the Apostles Creed. With each speaker voicing a single phrase, the compiled results provided an amazing testimony of belief, made all the more significant because the speakers were primarily children, teens, and adults with disabilities.
종교의 자유에 대한 제한은 북미에서조차도 점점 현실이 되고 있습니다.
We seek to live faithfully in a hurting, divided, and broken world. It seems, more and more, that being a Christian puts us in a category of being irrelevant, weird, or even hate-mongers.
We just got back from another date. This time it was longer and more involved, but we also gave each other plenty of room for time apart.
While the church is shrinking in North America, globally the church is growing. This has shifted how we approach and carry out global ministry.
There is a rule that ministers should not tell stories about their children from the pulpit—
I didn’t see it coming, but in hindsight I’m amazed at the opportunities God provides. Let me explain.
I don’t recall the first time I heard this African proverb, but I often need its reminder.
- “I have come to realize that the health of an institution is more about relationships than it is about governance or structure.”
- As we move forward into another new year, I think of God’s promises as being something like handrails: they provide a sense of security, giving us something to hold onto...
Our youngest two children were 11 and 15 when we adopted them
When, during my high school years, I went to a stage production of the musical Godspell, one song in particular struck a chord with me. “On the Willows” was a haunting tune based on Psalm 137:1-4.
I remember witnessing door-to-door as part of my congregation’s youth group in the 1970s.
While the memories of my high school and college years become more blurred as the years go by, I’m amazed at the things I recall clearly.
I doubt God has a favorite nation when it comes time to cheer at the Olympics.
Two, four, six, eight—who do we appreciate?
- Regular readers will know this as the part of The Banner that serves as a platform for leaders of our denomination to share their thoughts and views.