Ethics

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

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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

Give Your Pastor a Break!

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

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

The Heidelberg Catechism, the Church, and You

Department: Author: Bob Rozema The Heidelberg Catechism is the most popular, most loved catechism of many that emerged from the Reformation. But it is over 450 years old. Does it still speak to our churches—and to each of us—today?Absolutely.The catechism connects us to a vital part of our Reform

The Mind of Christ

Department: Author: Shiao ChongThank you, dear readers, for your immense generosity. You are amazing. As of the time of writing this (late October), we have received over $430,000 from more than 6,000 donors, already surpassing last year’s totals. This is the second record-breaking year in a row fo

Remembering God

Department: Author: John Van SlotenAs 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

Quiet Works

Department: Author: Adele KonyndykI read a memoir recently about a poet who is blind. The author, Stephen Kuusisto, finds new freedom when he gets his first guide dog in his late 30s. While most of Have Dog, Will Travel captures Kuusisto’s years with this spirited Labrador, the book also dips back

Stewardship

Department: Author: Rolf BoumaI recently read that the city of San Francisco has banned plastic straws. I understand taking care of the environment, but isn’t this going too far? Can’t straws be recycled? Should Christians support or oppose such bans?San Francisco is not the only city recently to b

What about Heaven?

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

La Mente de Cristo

Department: Author: Shiao ChongGracias, apreciados lectores, por su inmensa generosidad. Ustedes son increíbles. Al momento de escribir esto (a finales de octubre), hemos recibido más de $430,000 de más de 6,000 donantes, superando ya el total del año pasado. Este es el segundo año consecutivo en q

그리스도의 마음

Department: Author: Shiao Chong독자 여러분의 풍성한 후원에 감사 드립니다. 여러분은 정말 멋집니다. 이 글을 쓰는 10월 말 현재, 6천명이 넘는 후원자의 기부총액이 작년기록을 이미 훌쩍 넘은 43만불을 기록했습니다. 배너 기금마련 캠페인은 이로써 2년 연속으로 기록을 갱신했습니다. 후원해 주신 여러분께 매우 감사드립니다. 독자 여러분이 이 시대에 성경에 든든히 뿌리박은 그리스도의 화목의 대사로 구비되도록 정보와 아이디어, 새로운 통찰력을 제공하는 배너의 사명에 보내주신 후원에 대하여 하나님께 감사드립니다

Point of View: Joseph and Mary: The Journey

Department: Author: Joseph and Mary: The Journey. By Georgia Kibler, Grade 12, Covenant Day School, Matthews, N.C., a member of Christian Schools International.Artist’s statement:This piece is a reflection of the story of Joseph and Mary, specifically their journey to Bethlehem. I decided to incorp

Was the Virgin Birth Real?

Department: Author: Mary S. HulstThe last time I wrote in this space we looked at the claim of Jesus’ resurrection. Frankly, folks, if you believe that a man rose from the dead, believing that his mom conceived him without the help of a male partner isn’t that much of a stretch.Seriously, if you sa

Digital Life: Online Comments

Department: Author: Dean R. HeetderksI sometimes get sick to my stomach when I read what people are saying to each other in their comments online. What can be done about it?We are humans who live in a fallen world. We have a long history of hating people we don’t know. Online commenting is the late

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