Where Have All the Sad Songs Gone?
11/16/2018

Department: Author: Marty DurenAs 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 v

CRC Member Receives Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
11/16/2018

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusOn Oct. 15, Philip Koning, a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alta., was one of 31 Albertans to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The award, presented by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell on behalf of the Governor Ge

Iowa Church Marks 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day
11/16/2018

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornIn addition to its two regular church services, there were some very special moments on Nov. 11 at Ireton (Iowa) Christian Reformed Church. The congregation’s youth group held a program to honor both veterans and currently serving military members, marking the 10

Green Book
11/16/2018

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Powerful acting rescues a feel-good film that garners a few too many laughs from the racism it attempts to decry.In the fall of 1962, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga is laid off from his job as a nightclub bouncer while the club undergoes repairs. Dr. Don Shirley is a wealt

Ocean Meets Sky
11/15/2018

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Young Finn remembers the fascinating stories his grandfather told him about the place where ocean meets sky. But Grandpa has died.Finn builds a boat out of scrap wood to honor Grandpa on what would have been his 90th birthday. When the boat is complete

Sign Me Up!
11/15/2018

Department: Author: The Banner, the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church, is free for the asking.Print If you would like to get The Banner mailed to your home, click here and select "Get The Banner or gift someone with The Banner." from the pulldown menu. You can also use the form to m

Program Fosters Financial Shalom for Pastors and Churches
11/14/2018

Department: Author: Holly SmallIn February 2017, the Christian Reformed Church in North America launched a new initiative, known as the Financial Shalom Project, to support and sustain pastors for ministry. The project was designed to meet the needs of a growing number of pastors who reported that

Reader-Submitted Review: Elihu, Innkeeper’s Lad
11/13/2018

Department: Author: Patricia RamsdenElihu, Innkeeper’s Lad is a beautiful rendering of the Christmas story intended for children. The story includes age-appropriate and realistic details of Christ’s birth through the eyes of a child of the time. Its rhyming verse and Gloria Weisz’s beautiful illust

The Children Act
11/13/2018

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootMeet Fiona Maye, a British family court judge. Maye, played by Emma Thomson, presides over the most difficult of cases that fall under the Children Act. She seeks to protect the rights of the most vulnerable minors, including a case involving the separation of conjo

Lo Que Me Enseña mi Árbol de Navidad
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansLlegó de nuevo esa época del año cuando muchos de nuestros hogares e incluso algunas de nuestras iglesias están adornadas con luces, guirnaldas, listones y—por supuesto—arboles de Navidad. Aunque originalmente tomado de tradiciones paganas, el árbol de Navidad s

크리스마스 나무가 알려준 것
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans많은 집과 교회에 전구, 꽃, 리본과 그리고 무엇보다 크리스마스 트리로 장식을 하는 계절이 다시 돌아왔습니다. 본래 크리스마스 트리는 이교도의 전통에서 유래했지 어느새 강림절 전통의 빼놓을 수 없는 중심이 되었습니다. 저는 올해는 집에 성탄트리 장식을 어떻게 할까 생각하다가 문득 나무와 관련된 몇 가지 이야기들을 떠올렸습니다.첫번째 이야기는5년여 전, 방송선교부의 투데이 묵상집에서 본 론 밴더웰이 쓴 “지속시키는 믿음” 글을 읽었을 때 문득 깨달은 것입니다. 묵상집

U.S. Recognizes 20th Anniversary of International Religious Freedom Act
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceThe U.S. ambassador for religious freedom called for renewed activism on protecting faiths around the globe on Friday (Nov. 9) as religious liberty advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom

The ‘Heard’ Mentality
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Mark VolkersIn Acts 17, Paul is basically called a nitwit by his new friends. Here’s what happened.While Paul is waiting for some people, he wanders around Athens and sees a lot of gods. There’s even a plaque for some unknown god, giving Paul the hook he’s looking for.He starts

Shepherds and Sheep
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Rachel LancashireShepherds are people who look after sheep. They provide food and water for their sheep and protect them from predators. Even without predators, sheep can get themselves into trouble. Sometimes a sheep will fall or get knocked over and get stuck on its back. With

Vocation/Calling
11/12/2018

Department: Author: Douglas J. SchuurmanAm I called to remain in my existing occupation, or am I called to forsake it for new opportunities for service?At pivotal points in our paid work we must sometimes decide whether to remain where we are or move on to a new location. Some feel they need a whol

The Answer
11/09/2018

Department: Author: Jenna C. HoffAs 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

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
11/09/2018

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Twelve-year-old Mason Buttle struggles with a learning disability and has been incessantly bullied by his peers. He can’t help but feel that he and his family have been “subtracting instead of adding”—six years ago, his mother and grandfather died, lea

Love Song for a City
11/09/2018

Department: Author: Paul DelgerRenowned British worship leader Martin Smith displays his love for the local church around the world with his album Love Song for a City. The 13 live tracks were recorded in 11 countries, including Belgium, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the United State

Every Step an Arrival: A 90-Day Devotional for Exploring God's Word
11/09/2018

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Curated from the late Eugene Peterson’s library of sermons by the WaterBrook and Multnomah Editorial Team, this 90-day collection of devotions focuses on God’s work and character as revealed in the Old Testament. The hope of the editorial team in compi

CRCNA Celebrates Re-opening of Canadian Office
11/09/2018

Department: Author: Alissa VernonStaff of the Canadian ministries of the Christian Reformed Church held a grand opening of their renovated office building this week, welcoming dignitaries, colleagues from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Canadian ecumenical partners to tour the facility and give thanks to