Faith Alive Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Christian Reformed Church and publishing partner of the Reformed Church in America, has released two new resources: a highly readable, accessible book on Church Order and a game-in-a-box to make family devotions more enjoyable.
In the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary, Henry De Moor breathes life into a complex subject, talking about each of the 86 articles in the CRC’s Church Order and including examples of frequently asked questions.
Here’s a sample: “Give me a straight answer that’s brief and clear: May a consistory ever ask a member to resign, especially in cases where he or she is simply not responsive to its admonitions and further pastoral actions are judged to be fruitless?”
The former Calvin Theological Seminary professor responds clearly: “No.”
De Moor explains how and why the CRC works and addresses the offices of the church, the assemblies of the church, the task and activities of the church, and the admonition and discipline of the church.
Your family devotions could look like this: David picks a card. Dad reads the Scripture passage on the card—the story of God creating night and day (Gen. 1:1-5). Then Abby rolls the color-coded dice and lands on “purple.” David reads the “purple” activity on the card: “How many seven-word sentences can you put together to retell this story?” (For example: “There was only God and nothing else.”)
God’s Big Story activities are geared for kids ages 5 through fifth grade, but can be adapted for all ages. The story cards can also be used by homeschoolers, Christian day schools, and in other intergenerational settings.
For more information or to order, visit FaithAliveResources.org or call 1-800-333-8300.
About the Author
Sandy Swartzentruber serves as the resource coordinator for Faith Formation Ministries and is a member of Sherman Street CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.