These 2005 guidelines also note that The Banner needs to “be easily read” yet “be challenging” and be consistently of high quality.
The fight, flight, or freeze reflex may kick in when people of conscience see or hear about the latest incident of Black death.
The Banner is the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, but it is neither the CRC’s megaphone nor its independent critic.
Is it possible for two people who hold different views on an issue to sit beside each other in church and be in unity?
My husband and I moved to the U.S. 16 years ago.
I have come to realize that Christians are unwittingly selective, and the outcome is a lopsided Christianity.
When we share our trauma, we connect with people on a deeper level.
The deadliest rampage in Canadian history occurred this past April 18-19 in Nova Scotia. After a 13-hour shooting and arson spree, 22 victims were dead and three injured.
Many courageous soldiers of the Canadian army lay their lives down so that the Dutch could be free again.
Besides being in a constantly highly reactive and responsive mode as governmental directives change by the hour, we are also in constant triage mode.
I now realize the mettle and grit of people like my immigrant parents stemmed organically from their understanding of the nature of life. They knew that suffering isn't an occasional visitor but our home.
Covid-19 has put public health into practical terms for us today. People everywhere are being asked to think of their communities above themselves and stay home and limit contact with others.
What are we to do when our regular structures of corporate worship have been upended and public gatherings are prohibited?
From time to time I will write my own psalms as prayers or reflective praises to God.
One reporter’s experience researching and writing an article before and after the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America.
Breathless, Lily pauses and then warmly says, “Mary!” just as Jesus would have.
This Easter, there will be none of that. No large family gatherings around brightly decorated shared tables, no community egg hunts for excited young children, no overflowing churches filled with praise.
In this time of social isolation, of staying home and canceling gatherings, church has become the one dependable regular event in our family’s schedule.
Here are some things I’ve noticed since COVID-19 was labeled a pandemic.
It is when crises in life happen that we face our unadorned self—the impoverished, isolated, insecure soul undefined by career success, honors, achievements, or approval.
The COVID-19 coronavirus, declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, has affected everyone’s everyday lives.
The Spirit’s work in me is more often than not a slow series of micro-conversions.
Whereas trees held up by stakes and supports can potentially grow weaker, those that are left to “fend for themselves” against gentle and moderate winds grow stronger as their roots grow deeper.
The night I met the young street woman through whom God would open my eyes, the cold was especially penetrating.