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Sigsbee Street
08/19/2019

Department: Author: Daniel Boerman There’s nothing very remarkable about Sigsbee Street. It runs for just seven blocks through the near southeast side of Grand Rapids, Mich. Sigsbee School, an elementary school in the Grand Rapids Public School system, is its most notable feature. Aside from the

Missional Living: Why Should We Care for Creation?
08/19/2019

Department: Author: Reginald SmithCreation care seems like a white suburban issue to me. Why should I care, as a Christian? It makes perfect sense that creation care issues do not appear to match pressing justice issues such as poverty, immigration, or abortion. However, as a former urban pastor, c

Judge Not
08/19/2019

Department: Author: Shiao ChongAs The Banner editor, I often feel judged for what I write and don’t write, for what I choose to publish and not publish. But God convicted me that I, too, have been judgmental of others.In a 2007 Barna Group poll of young Americans (aged 16-29), 87% of non-churchgoer

United
08/16/2019

Department: Author: Paul DelgerThe band Newsboys welcomed back former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel to offer a powerhouse new recording titled “United.” Furler, who was the lead vocalist of the band from 1997 to 2009, co-produced the record and wrote four of the songs. “United” has a 1990s New

Lubna and Pebble
08/16/2019

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Lubna and her father travel on a ship with many other people and arrive on the shore of a distant land. The young girl finds a pebble on the beach and takes it with her to a World of Tents, a refugee camp. When Lubna finds a felt-tip pen, she draws a s

Light from Distant Stars
08/16/2019

Department: Author: Cynthia BeachWait, what? That was my initial experience of author Shawn Smucker’s clever first line in his genre-bending contemporary novel, Light from Distant Stars. Protagonist Cohen Marah is stepping over a body. OK, I think, a detective story. Right? Wrong. By the end of the

CRC Leadership Calls Members to be Proactively Anti-Racist in Aftermath of Shootings
08/15/2019

Department: Author: Alissa VernonOn Aug. 8, 2019, the Christian Reformed Church released a statement in response to public mass shootings that occurred in three different states in the U.S. between July 28 and Aug. 3. “As Christian Reformed people, we grieve this loss of life. We grieve the hatred

The Cost of Truth-telling
08/15/2019

Department: Author: Mary Li MaAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect the vi

Leading through Relationship: The Story of Youth in the CRC
08/14/2019

Department: Author: Katy Johnson, Paola Fuentes GleghornThere’s a vision in Isaiah 2 of a house on a mountain. Lifted high above the surrounding hills, the house draws all nations toward it. People climb the mountain together to learn God’s ways and walk in his paths. As they approach amid so many

Guide to the Acts of Synod 2019
08/14/2019

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaWelcome to The Banner’s first-ever guide to the Acts of Synod.This is a companion to the Guide to the Agenda for Synod 2019, published prior to Synod 2019.If you followed Synod 2019 via The Banner’s online coverage or if you perused the July/August print issue of

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
08/13/2019

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In India’s Brahmaputra River region, a boy named Jadav Payeng lives on an island threatened by deforestation during each rainy season. Jadav notices the eroding land and the creatures who have died as a result of the flooding. He fears that people will

Late Night
08/13/2019

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerHonestly, I would see Emma Thompson in anything. Since the 1990s and her winsome streak of Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, and 2003’s Love, Actually, I have been a firm fan of her warmth, intelligence, and fantastic sense of humor. Seeing Late Night was

Convertiéndonos en una Denominación de Apoyo para Pastores Bivocacionales
08/12/2019

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansMe pasa muy a menudo: Alguien me pregunta si he pastoreado una iglesia, y comienzo diciendo: "No. Antes de asumir este rol en la ICR, era presidente de una universidad”. Eso generalmente conduce a más preguntas y poco después ya expuse mi inusual trayecto vocaci

Discipulado Más Fuerte
08/12/2019

Department: Author: Shiao ChongMe complace que el Sínodo 2019 haya declarado las enseñanzas del Kinismo como una herejía. El Kinismo enseña que Dios requiere la separación racial en todas las áreas de la vida social, y por lo tanto, prohíbe el matrimonio interracial e incluso la adopción transracia

Extra Costs Bring Extra Blessing
08/12/2019

Department: Author: Tony KamphuisIf you are the administrator of an independent Christian school, there are two fears that can spring up when a family arrives to enroll a student who has a disability. First, are we going to be able to provide the best situation for this student’s education? What abo

Hope for ‘Bad’ Evangelists
08/12/2019

Department: Author: Robert Vander Lugt I am a bad evangelist. I know this through experience. For instance, many years ago, a coworker saw my Bible on my desk and asked if he could borrow it. Of course, I said, and then waited anxiously, wondering what questions he’d have and if I’d get the Bible

The Wonder That Is You
08/09/2019

Department: Author: Alison HodgsonThe Wonder That Is You by Glenys Nellist is a love letter of a book, figuratively and—dedicated to the author’s firstborn son—actually. From the first page, Nellist captures the overwhelmingly powerful feeling of experiencing parental love: “It felt as if the world

Love Running Wild
08/09/2019

Department: Author: Paul DelgerTasha Layton sang backup for Katy Perry for four years and also appeared on American Idol. Now the South Carolina native has a new Christian EP (Extended Play) titled, Love Running Wild. Layton displays her beautiful, powerful voice with songs that have already made t

In Reaction to Tragedy, Christians Must Act as Well as Pray
08/09/2019

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily ref

Gary Bekker Closes Years of Service to Global Mission
08/09/2019

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootGary Bekker, who has had a varied and faithful career within and for the Christian Reformed Church, will retire this month. Bekker’s CRC-connected vocations include roles as an educator, academic dean, pastor, missionary and church leader. He served 16 years as dire