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Candidates 2019: Anonymous?

Department: Author: Rev. David KollWithin this article, you will find the names and photos of persons approved as candidates for Minister of the Word by Synod 2019. One striking feature—a first in recent years and perhaps ever—is that some of the candidates have requested public anonymity. That’s b

Retaliation Vacation

Department: Author: Micah Van Dijk“We can dance, one last time.” – “One Last Time”Endings are part of every human experience. Hollerado, a Canadian band with a long musical career, having played more than 2,000 shows in 12 years, is ending its storied journey. In an industry known for short careers

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

Department: Author: Otto Selles Fame and fortune, that’s what many strive for. But once that’s achieved, many will also wonder if the constant striving after wealth and success was worth it. For David Brooks, such was the emptiness of the “first mountain” he climbed as a successful columnist for

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 1956, racial tensions rose in Clinton, Tenn., as 12 African-American teens became the first students to integrate the public high school. In this profound, painful, yet optimistic memoir written in various poetic forms—free verse, acrostic, ballad,

Sharing Stories, Sharing Life

Department: Author: Mary Li MaMy children have grown up to the age of asking about what my childhood looked like in China. Occasionally, I would share a treasured secret with them. For example, in third grade, I almost drowned in a pond near my school. That story served as a warning for them to do

Building up ‘Faith Community Stewards’ for Support in Palliative Care

Department: Author: Maia VanderMeerChurches are often in the business of equipping people for service—training deacons, instructing Sunday School teachers, preparing youth leaders. This past year at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, in Grand Rapids, Mich., some members became equipped to se

In Memoriam: Rev. Ryan Walter Veeneman (1953-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusMissionary, pastor, and social worker, Ryan Veeneman was a quiet man with a sense of humor and a heart for the Lord. He was a good listener and enabled people to feel comfortable around him. Veeneman was diagnosed with leukemia March 15, 2019, and died just 10

Hot Dogs and Community Connection: Churches Try Neighborhood Cookouts

Department: Author: Alissa VernonOn a Wednesday night in late June, members of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., welcomed neighbors to come have a hot dog, enjoy “oldies” music piped through the outdoor speakers, and interact with members, young and old alike.“Our church does

CRC Ministry Director Among Faith Leaders Calling For Diplomacy, Not War

Department: Author: Alissa VernonLast week Colin Watson, director of ministries and administration for the Christian Reformed Church, signed a statement calling for diplomacy, “given the escalation of confrontation between the United States and Iran,” as a preamble to the statement reads.“It is tim

School for Missionary Children in Japan Investigating Allegations of Past Abuse

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceEditor’s note: This story is re-published with permission from Religion News Service. The Christian Academy of Japan was founded in part by Christian Reformed World Missions (now Resonate Global Mission). Resonate made a statement in May about the investigat

Fear No More

Department: Author: Paul DelgerTwo members of the Christian band, The Afters, met while working at a Starbucks. The group has certainly brewed up another winner with its sixth studio album, “Fear No More.” It’s a personal album dealing with vulnerability and hope. The crown jewel of the songs is “W

Men in Black

Department: Author: Emily Joy StrobleIt’s new, shiny, and silly, but that’s about it. For a star-studded film, Men in Black: International isn’t particularly stellar. Which is confusing, because with a dynamite cast anchored by Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson, a fist

Swimming in Swamps

Department: Author: Christin Baker This summer you might enjoy swimming in your neighborhood pool or in a lake. But it’s not a good idea to go swimming in a swamp! The dark, muddy waters of a swamp are not be the best place for people to swim. But it is home for hundreds of creatures who love swi

We Need The Church to Understand the Bible

Department: Author: Rev. Aaron VriesmanI enjoy a good biblical debate. Instead of avoiding them, I seek them out. I enjoy the challenge and exchange of ideas. But over the years, I have found again and again that people can take the Bible and make it say almost anything they want.A few weeks ago, I


Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerAfter a year and a half on the market, Becoming by Michelle Obama has sold more than 10 million copies. The audiobook is still one of Audible’s bestsellers, and booksellers say they can hardly keep the book in stock. Apparently, even now readers cannot get enough o

3-Minute Prayers for Boys: Fostering Spiritual Disciplines for Mid-Grade Boys

Department: Author: Cynthia BeachSo, how can kiddos begin practicing the vital practice of prayer? Barbour Publishing has an answer in a little green and navy book, 3-Minute Prayers for Boys. This book by author Josh Mosey targets boys 8 to 12 years old, whom he calls “men under construction.”Each

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootRichard Rohr’s The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe is an intriguing read. It will be seen as heresy by many and a quenching spring by others. The book begins with a story told about an experience in the L

Mango Moon

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema On the last night Papi is home before being taken away, he and his daughter Maricela look at the full moon. Papi calls it a mango moon because its bright orange color reminds him of a slice of mango.Now that Papi has been taken, Maricela watches the mo

In Memoriam: Rev. Harry George Arnold (1925-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusHarry Arnold, who concluded his preaching ministry in 2015 on his 90th birthday, only wanted to be remembered as a faithful servant of the Lord. Arnold died June 16, just two weeks before his 70th wedding anniversary.Born in Paterson, N.J., Arnold enlisted in t

Pastor Issues Bring-Your-Bible-to-Church Challenge

Department: Author: Dan VeenemanOn May 12, 2019, Justin Caruthers, pastor of Gateway Community Christian Reformed Church in Abbotsford, B.C., asked the congregation how many of them had brought their Bible (print or digital) to church with them that Sunday. After about six hands went up, Caruthers