I would urge us to face these challenges with the full knowledge that the God we serve continues to have everything under control.
The View from Here
Our church is praying, reading Scripture, and practicing other spiritual disciplines, historical and new, transforming our lives and communities for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I served as senior pastor in a local church, one of my favorite Sundays each year was “Friendship Sunday.”
Have we ever wondered what younger generations think about us? What do they think we view as important? What do they hear us say?
The Savior has come and is coming again. In our foolishness, as we wait for this return, we often put our sights on the material idols of our day.
If we are honest, remembering those incarcerated “as if we were bound with them” is an instruction that many of us would rather forget.
I await the day when my grandchildren see the stone at our home and ask me, “Why did your Trinity colleagues send you off with that verse?”
Broad as well as focused learning is required as young people prepare for their lives and callings.
Some ministers prefer this dual-focused role; they find their “other job” is an opportunity for evangelism, connecting to the real world, or a better use of their varied set of gifts.
We live in an often confusing, ever shifting, and broken world. We see changes happening dramatically in seemingly accelerated ways. How ought the church to respond?
One of the five desired futures expressed in our denominational ministry plan, Our Journey 2020, focuses on collaboration.
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.