Where Have All the Sad Songs Gone?

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

The ‘Heard’ Mentality

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

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

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

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

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Department: Author: #ChurchTooThank you to Roxanne Van Farowe for her article “#ChurchToo: Lessons from Willow Creek” (Nov. 2018). I have worked independently for 22 years within Christian Reformed churches to address abuse issues, both sexual abuse and abuse of power. Most of the churches’ respons

You Can’t Take It with You

Department: Author: Rev. George VinkRetirement, I’m finding, is a time of reflection. Sometimes I wonder if, as a pastor, I’ve done enough teaching about estate and “stuff” management. When brothers aren’t talking because of a rift over their mother’s sewing machine, claimed by the one and wanted b

Church/Bible/Doctrine

Department: Author: Henry De MoorI made profession of faith many years ago as a young teenager. But it was group pressure that made me do it, not a genuine belief in God. I have now come to a true faith. Can I make profession of faith again?Absolutely! By all means! It isn't necessary, of course, s

Warranted Rage: Reading Psalm 137 in South Africa

Department: Author: Gideon StraussAs 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 th

La Buena Teología

Department: Author: Shiao ChongMe complace presentar en esta edición impresa a los ganadores del concurso de escritura de nuestra universidad (p. 32). Recibimos 46 obras de ensayo de todo Estados Unidos y Canadá. Me encantó ver tantos jóvenes cristianos escribiendo acerca de por qué el cristianismo

바른 신학

Department: Author: Shiao Chong저는 이번 호에서 대학생 글쓰기 공모전수상자들에 대한 기사를 실게 되어 기쁩니다 (32쪽). 우리는 미국과 캐나다 전 역에서 46편의 에세이를 받았습니다. 기독교가 왜 여전히 유효한지에 관해 쓴 많은 기독 청년들의 글을 읽으며 굉장히 흐뭇했습니다.하나님이 이 세상 속에서 아직 일하고 계시며 그분의 사역에 동참하도록 우리를 부르시기 때문에, 기독교가 여전히 중요하다는 내용들을 읽었습니다. 우리 삶의 전 영역을 회복하시기 위해 하나님의 사역으로 부르시는 부르심에 교회가 순종할 때

Writing Prayers

Department: Author: Margaret SchmidtIt’s evening. Late.And somewhere, just beyond the edge of my thoughts, there’s a prayer waiting.I’ve learned by now that it won’t wait long. I leave my bed and move into a quiet room where I turn on only one light. I take out my prayer journal.The journal is kept

Is Jesus the Son of God?

Department: Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.How do we know Jesus is the divine Son of God?The answer to this question is all about the Holy Spirit. We join many other Christians in finding Scripture inspiring and believable in what it teaches. And Scripture itself confirms that it has been inspired

A Theological Consideration of Cannabis

Department: Author: Rev. Phil ReindersAs 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 reflec

Gloves and Grace

Department: Author: Bob RitzemaThe winter started out gently but became progressively more discourteous. At least this Sunday’s forecast didn’t threaten snow. After church, the sun greeted us as if trying to distract us from the lacerating cold.Not wanting to linger outside, I squeezed into my car

God’s Fierce Love: Our World Belongs to God

Department: Author: Christopher SchoonMy dad died seven years ago at the age of 62. On top of his 20-year struggle with multiple sclerosis, Dad received a diagnosis of stage IV kidney cancer in 2011. In the span of a few short weeks, my parents and the rest of our family found ourselves making deci

Just One More Thing

Department: Author: Amy Vander VlietAs 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

Thankful 30

Department: Author: Sandy SwartzentruberThanksgiving Day is in October in Canada and in November in the United States. It’s good to have a special day each year that reminds us to thank God for all the good things in our lives. But here’s one way to practice being thankful every day!Make a Gratitud

For This Child I Have Prayed

Department: Author: “I prayed for this child, and the Lᴏʀᴅ has granted me what I asked of him.” —1 Samuel 1:27Growing up, I never gave much thought to the police. I was taught to obey police officers, but they didn’t play a large role in my life.Fast-forward 30 years: I am an adult living in St. Lo

Faith Formation

Department: Author: Laura Keeley, Robert J. KeeleyWhat is the Christian Reformed Church’s position on the use of curricula from publishers such as Answers in Genesis (AiG) for church school? I find that much of AiG’s instruction contradicts Reformed theology, but our church is choosing to use AiG c