What Can You Do about Plastic Pollution?

Department: Author: Sandy SwartzentruberIn 1907, a man named Leo Baekeland made a discovery that changed our world forever. He figured out how to use chemicals to make plastic. This new product was so useful that people began using it for all sorts of things. Today plastic is everywhere—in your hom

Vocation

Department: Author: Douglas J. SchuurmanWhat is the role of self-denial in a Christian perspective on calling?Self-denial is at the heart of Christian calling. How different this is from popular conceptions of calling! Such ideas of calling center on actualizing yourself, on doing something you lov

We Can Do Better

Department: Author: Dan WalcottAs a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church, I grew up hearing two very different narratives. One emphasized how the CRC and the Reformed tradition has much to offer the greater Christian community with our understanding of Scripture. A phrase I often heard

Ugly Stories in the Bible

Department: Author: Rev. Aaron VriesmanAs 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 refle

Church/Bible/Doctrine

Department: Author: Henry De MoorAre commissioned pastors allowed to perform the same tasks as ministers, such as administering the sacraments and performing weddings and funerals?The Church Order assigns to ministers of the Word the tasks of preaching, administering the sacraments, church educatio

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Department: Author: ‘Son of David’I would like to thank Leonard VanderZee for the article “‘Son of David’” (Dec. 2018). Very good! The majority of us who read The Banner are not theologians, and we so appreciate a good, down-to-earth article. Keep writing, and thanks again.Leona Stukkie // Grand Ra

When Deportation Gets Personal: Yésica’s Story

Department: Author: Emily R BrinkHow can we keep listening to the litany of woes in our world without becoming numb? What can ordinary Christians in North America do about the continuing multitudes seeking refuge from desperate lives in their home countries only to find increasing limits to their

Comfort, Calling, and Crosses

Department: Author: Kyra SchatAs 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 vi

Actually, It Is a Toy

Department: Author: Dean R. HeetderksIt sits prominently way up on the third shelf to the left of our fireplace. It’s a robin’s-egg-blue 1961 Chevy pickup truck and trailer with white trim made by Tonka at 1/18th scale. In the trailer is a plastic Black Angus steer with one horn slightly chipped. T

Missional Living

Department: Author: Reginald SmithHow can evangelism and social justice work together to promote the gospel?I have pastored in three urban centers: Chicago, Ill.; Paterson, N.J.; and Grand Rapids, Mich. In all three settings, evangelism and social justice were closely connected in proclaiming a hol

Excellence and Identity

Department: Author: Chris WheelerI have played piano for two decades now, one decade of which was aimed solely at making it my career. I am no stranger to the drive for excellence in musical pursuits—or any artistic pursuit, for that matter. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized

The Spiritual Discipline of New Year’s Resolutions

Department: Author: Christopher SchoonAs 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

사명에 대한 유혹

Department: Author: Shiao Chong저는 지금까지 마태복음 4장 1-11절의 그리스도가 당하신 시험을 개인의 경건이라는 관점에서 읽었습니다. 하지만 이제는 어떻게 하나님의 사명을 구상하고 성취할지에 대해 교회에 주시는 중요한 경고로 생각합니다. 저는 사탄이 예수님에게 자신이 하나님의 아들인 것을 증명하라고 유혹한 것이라고 보지 않습니다. 사탄은 “네가 만약 하나님의 아들이라면, 너의 사명은…이다.” 라고 말한 것이라고 생각합니다. 저는 이 구절을 예수님이 하나님의 아들로서 세상의 죄를 제거하시려는 거룩한 사명을

Tentaciones Misionales

Department: Author: Shiao ChongYo solía leer la tentación de Cristo en Mateo 4:1-11 a través del lente de la piedad individual. Pero ahora creo que ofrece advertencias importantes a la iglesia de cómo percibir y cumplir la misión de Dios. Yo no creo que Satanás estaba tratando de hacer que Jesús pr

Faith Formation

Department: Author: Robert J. Keeley, Laura KeeleyOur church leadership is talking about faith milestones. What are they, and why should we be interested?Faith milestones are celebrations of events in the lives of members of your congregation where the focus is on God’s faithfulness. Such celebrati

Is It Arrogant for Christians to Claim the Truth?

Department: Author: Todd StathamPolls of North American attitudes toward Christianity reveal that we have a serious image problem, with arrogance touted as one of our ugliest features. When you think about it, the church does make audacious claims—nothing less than a special message and mandate fro

Don’t Plant a Church; Mobilize It

Department: Author: Chris PullenayegemAs 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

Polar Opposites

Department: Author: Christin Baker Brrrrrr! If you live in a northern climate, this is a chilly time of year. To stay warm, you wear lots of sweaters, mittens, scarves, and a warm winter coat. But there are two places where it is cold all the time—the North and South Poles. The extreme climate at

Commemorating the Canons

Department: Author: Suzanne McDonaldWill your church be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dort? For some, the answer might be “Why would we want to do that?” Others might respond with an enthusiastic “yes,” perhaps eagerly anticipating an exposition of TULIP (total depravity, unc

Relationships

Department: Author: Judy Cook The #MeToo movement has highlighted women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault. Aren’t Christians supposed to forgive rather than demand justice?In the aftermath of abuse, it’s important to note three different things at play: forgiveness, reconciliation