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Even if we didn’t vote for Trump, we pray for him

Department: Author: Tish Harrison WarrenAs 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 refl

Of Cars and Geese

Department: Author: Joel KiekintveldIn September 2018, 10 church planters and missional leaders from around North America gathered at the Abbey of Genesee near Rochester, N.Y. for a spiritual retreat that included 36 hours of silence. This article is based on journal entries written during those ho

Remembering Rachel Held Evans

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

Clutching for Solid Ground

Department: Author: Glen VanderKooiYears ago, during a canoe trip on a Michigan river, I stepped into what appeared to be shallow water to pull the canoe to shore. But the water was over my head. Instantly I was disoriented, grasping for anything to provide stability. I finally reached the shore, b

Beautiful Colors

Department: Author: Nicolaas HogeveenSome members of my congregation got together one Saturday morning to do some “visioning” for the church, asking questions like these: What does the future hold for our church? How can we be more effective in our outreach? How can we help each other grow? Heavy s

Shop Girl Aesthetic: Working Retail as a Spiritual Discipline

Department: Author: Emily Joy StrobleAs 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

Stewardship

Department: Author: Rolf BoumaWhen we take the offering in our church, almost nobody puts anything in the collection plate. The deacons say that most people are paying electronically. I’ve even heard of churches that allow people to swipe a credit card in the service. Isn’t this undermining the wor

Enough Trouble

Department: Author: Syd HielemaWe had just crossed the border from Michigan into Ontario. I was driving a van filled with seven college student worship leaders, and one of the guys piped up, “It’s two hours till we're back on campus. I’d like everyone to name their favorite Bible verse and explain

지적 교만

Department: Author: Shiao Chong우리는 개혁주의 전통에 주신 풍성한 지성의 은사에 대해 하나님께 감사해야 합니다. 하지만 선물을 주신 분 보다 선물을 더 사랑하고자 하는 현실의 유혹에 눈이 멀어서는 안 됩니다. 개혁주의 신학과 고백을 하나님보다 더 사랑하지는 않습니까?C.S. 루이스는 이렇게 말했습니다. “기독교 교사들의 말에 따르면 근본적인 죄악이자 최고의 악은 교만이다. 음란, 분노, 탐욕, 술 취함, 이 모든 것은 비교적 사소한 죄다. 교만을 통해 악마는 비로소 악마가 된다. 교만은 모든 다른 악으로

Orgullo Intelectual

Department: Author: Shiao ChongDebemos estar agradecidos a Dios por los sólidos dones intelectuales de la tradición reformada. Pero no podemos ser ciegos ante la verdadera tentación de amar los dones más que al Dador. ¿Hemos amado nuestra teología y nuestras confesiones Reformadas más que al Dios a

Vocation

Department: Author: Douglas J. SchuurmanWhat are our callings when we reach retirement?Most reflection about vocation focuses on career transitions and development. By comparison, we spend very little time thinking about calling and retirement. According to a recent study by Michelle Pannor Silver

Look and See!

Department: Author: Rachel LancashireWe can’t see God with our eyes. But God has made amazing things we can see that show us something about our awesome God. God created towering mountains and blazing stars and all sorts of wild and wonderful animals, and God gave us incredible eyes to see it all!H

It’s Time for Christians to Confront White Supremacy in Our Churches

Department: Author: Timothy Isaiah ChoAs 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

Intellectual Pride

Department: Author: Shiao ChongC. S. Lewis wrote: “According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other

Reply All

Department: Author: Reformed AccentSteve Timmermans’ essay “Speaking with a Reformed Accent” (April 2019) proves an incentive to ponder the distinctiveness of the Reformed perspective. The social gospel movement emphasizes the social teachings of Jesus, not the Christ who is the divine son of God w

Church/Bible/Doctrine

Department: Author: Dr. James R. Payton JrWhy didn’t the early Reformers more seriously seek reunion with Eastern Orthodoxy after rejecting the excesses and innovations of Western Catholicism?The Protestant Reformers tried, but it did not work out. The story is intriguing.Western Christianity and E

A Holy Madness

Department: Author: Shawn SikkemaAs 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

‘A Sea of Madness’

Department: Author: Rev. George VinkLast November, we listened to an eager campus pastor drive home the need for a full gospel. He called for grace and obedience as our response to Christ as Savior and Lord. Obeying Jesus’ call to “take up our cross” no matter the cost means we must also accept his

Digital Life

Department: Author: Dean R. HeetderksIs online dating a good option?On my online accounts, the secret passphrase for the question “Where did you meet your spouse?” is “church,” so my own experience in this area is limited. But some helpful input convinced me that online dating is a viable option fo

Buena Postura

Department: Author: Shiao ChongUno de mis libros favoritos para padres es ¡Los Niños Valen la Pena! de Barbara Coloroso. Ella describe tres tipos básicos de familias: las que son como pared de ladrillos, como medusa y como columna vertebral. Me sorprende cómo sus metáforas útiles también pueden des