Hospitality Is Key to Ministry
12/12/2018

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateWe want to be like Jesus, sharing God’s goodness, grace, and love with others, but no ministry on earth compares to Jesus’ ability to minister with people who are hurting, broken, or lost. Jesus calmed storms, gave sight to people who were blind, and raised the de

Reader-Submitted Review: The World Must Know
12/11/2018

Department: Author: Dan Vander HaarI have in my film collection about 110 movies that deal with the Jewish Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as numerous books about that same theme—more accurately described as the Shoah. The notion of a Holocaust implies a burnt offering, something the Shoa

Delta
12/11/2018

Department: Author: Micah Van DijkMusic critics describe Mumford & Sons’ Delta as a boring album full of “ponderous balladry” (The Guardian) that “falls into the trap of confusing seriousness with grimness” (Rolling Stone), eventually “landing squarely in the realm of mediocrity” (Pitchfork).On the

Women Talking
12/11/2018

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema For two days in 2009, eight women in a Mennonite colony hold a clandestine meeting in the hayloft of a local farmer’s barn. Present also is August Epp, a man who, along with his parents, had been excommunicated from the colony when he was a boy and had

First State Win in Football for Unity Christian
12/11/2018

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerDespite finishing third in their league during the regular season and being an underdog for most of their postseason games, Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., has won the state Division 5 high school football championship.It’s the first state title i

Ethics
12/10/2018

Department: Author: Shiao ChongMany activities that were once forbidden by the church (card playing, dancing, and movie attendance) are now considered fine. But the Bible does not change. Are these changes biblical?The Bible does not change, but our understanding and application of the Bible’s trut

Reply All
12/10/2018

Department: Author: Love and AbuseToday I received The Banner. It was filled with various articles about abuse, most of which were well done. However, the article “Torn between Love and Abuse” (Dec. 2018) helps perpetuate the problem many face every day. I can only imagine a person in an abusive si

The Gift of Retirement
12/10/2018

Department: Author: Judy Cook People in stressful and challenging vocations often begin to look forward to the season of life we call retirement. The thought of having the luxury to rest at will begins to appeal. Or for those whose work life is all about the paycheck, with the actual work being b

Give Your Pastor a Break!
12/07/2018

Department: Author: Rob Toornstra A recent study conducted by Lifeway Research found that while most pastors reported that they loved pastoral ministry, nearly half also reported that the demands of their job were too much for them to handle, and they were burning out. Is your pastor running on e

Advent Is Looming
12/07/2018

Department: Author: Melissa KuipersAs 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 t

Silent Night
12/07/2018

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootIt is hard to resist a beautiful Christmas book that combines a familiar text with a fresh artistic perspective. This year, Lara Hawthorne’s Silent Night fits that description. Hawthorne’s trademark style brings the Christmas carol’s story of the nativity to life as

Homecoming
12/07/2018

Department: Author: Kristy Quist In Amazon’s new original series Homecoming, Julia Roberts stars as Heidi Bergman, a therapist who helped returning soldiers deal with PTSD at a facility called Homecoming. Until something happened. But what?This atmospheric, moody series from Mr. Robot creator Sam

South Dakota Church Delivers Thanksgiving Dinner
12/06/2018

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornThe people at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., care about people. That’s why they call their annual Thanksgiving meal delivery program Caring About People—CAP. For the past 14 years First CRC has gathered the essentials to make a holiday meal

Church Focuses Community Support on Family Leadership
12/06/2018

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerOn Tuesday nights throughout the fall and winter, Lee Street Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., hosts a community outreach program designed to help kids succeed in school and help their mothers and fathers become better parents.Through its Family Leadershi

Mrs. Mary’s House: Building to Bless
12/06/2018

Department: Author: Alissa Vernon“Mrs. Mary” was a longtime volunteer with Mississippi Christian Family Services (MCFS), an organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Rolling Fork, Miss. With her husband John Verhoog, Mary was a member of Exeter (Ont.) Christian

Building God’s Kingdom One Church at a Time
12/05/2018

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything,” writes the author of Hebrews (3:4). Reverend Bitu Mondhu and his congregation discovered the truth of this Scripture firsthand when he participated in Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) im

Calvin Seminary Helps High School Students Uncover their Future
12/05/2018

Department: Author: Aaron EinfeldChoosing a school, major, or career can be overwhelming for many high schoolers. But what if this process was full of delightful anticipation about the good things in store for us? What if instead of asking students about a major, we asked them, When do you feel the

Reader-Submitted Review: A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land
12/04/2018

Department: Author: Lou WagenveldWe’ve seen the maps of the Holy Land in the backs of our Bibles, and we often see what is in the news about Israel and Palestine. This oddly titled book will help readers better understand the situation.With seven parts including essays or pieces by 29 authors, thou

Louisiana's Way Home
12/04/2018

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema It’s nothing new when 12-year-old Louisiana’s granny wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her they have to leave home immediately. After all, over the years Granny has made numerous impulsive decisions that have unsettled the young girl’s lif

One More Song
12/04/2018

Department: Author: Paul DelgerAshley Cleveland is a musical treasure perhaps unknown to many outside the music world. But the three-time Grammy winner has lent her vocals to over 300 albums inside and outside the Christian sphere. Cleveland’s tenth solo album, One More Song, tells personal stories