What if the ministry of reconciliation is all about listening in such a way that the story of the broken relationship is allowed to rise to the surface, and is seen again, but perhaps in a new light?
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Is the Christian Reformed Church so determined to increase its numbers that it’s willing to fit in, make no waves, and offend no one?
What I found very helpful in teaching our young people was to replace the weekly catechism class with monthly Sunday retreats for high school juniors and seniors.
In our culture it is quite fashionable to acknowledge a person’s faith. We’re likely to praise the strong faith that enables people to courageously cope with major challenges. This is true even in primarily secular settings.
I wonder what it might look like to adopt or adapt this model for major congregational (and council) decisions. Vote twice: The first vote determines the will of the majority; the second asks, Can we submit to the will of the majority?
As a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church, I grew up hearing two very different narratives.
Offering your pastor a sabbatical is an investment in ministry.
Will anyone want the mantel clock?
I was taught to obey police officers, but they didn’t play a large role in my life.
My earliest memories of Holy Communion are set in a small church in rural Netherlands. In that place and in those times, the pious took the apostle Paul’s injunctions regarding righteous living at face value.
Divorce rocked my world when my spouse left me. Now, as my 30s draw to a close, I’m alone and a single parent—certainly not by choice
The Christian community remains strangely silent about mental health issues.
The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., reminds us of the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
Some people may wonder what we as Canadian members of the Christian Reformed Church have done that requires reconciliation with Indigenous people.
Like many, for years I thought that God’s blessings included mostly things that he gave, such as happiness, health, and employment,...
- When I was a 10-year-old, Psalm 90 was my favorite psalm. I knew it as the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”
I appreciate your dedication to bringing the Word every Sunday.
A few years ago my wife and I took a five-week road trip.
Solomon said, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting,
I am troubled that the framework set forth in “Rape Culture and Christian Colleges”
If current trends hold, church attendance may continue to decline.
- When in 1953 Hugh Heffner launched his Playboy magazine, he knew that the nudes and sexually oriented articles he planned to feature would attract a large readership
- Many of our churches have a reading bias.
- Our denomination has plenty of differences.