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Judge Not

Department: Author: Shiao ChongAs The Banner editor, I often feel judged for what I write and don’t write, for what I choose to publish and not publish. But God convicted me that I, too, have been judgmental of others.In a 2007 Barna Group poll of young Americans (aged 16-29), 87% of non-churchgoer

Missional Living: Why Should We Care for Creation?

Department: Author: Reginald SmithCreation care seems like a white suburban issue to me. Why should I care, as a Christian? It makes perfect sense that creation care issues do not appear to match pressing justice issues such as poverty, immigration, or abortion. However, as a former urban pastor, c

Sigsbee Street

Department: Author: Daniel Boerman There’s nothing very remarkable about Sigsbee Street. It runs for just seven blocks through the near southeast side of Grand Rapids, Mich. Sigsbee School, an elementary school in the Grand Rapids Public School system, is its most notable feature. Aside from the

The Cost of Truth-telling

Department: Author: Mary Li MaAs 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

Discipulado Más Fuerte

Department: Author: Shiao ChongMe complace que el Sínodo 2019 haya declarado las enseñanzas del Kinismo como una herejía. El Kinismo enseña que Dios requiere la separación racial en todas las áreas de la vida social, y por lo tanto, prohíbe el matrimonio interracial e incluso la adopción transracia

Hope for ‘Bad’ Evangelists

Department: Author: Robert Vander Lugt I am a bad evangelist. I know this through experience. For instance, many years ago, a coworker saw my Bible on my desk and asked if he could borrow it. Of course, I said, and then waited anxiously, wondering what questions he’d have and if I’d get the Bible

In Reaction to Tragedy, Christians Must Act as Well as Pray

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceAs 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 ref

Agents of Reconciliation

Department: Author: John Van Donk"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18).Have you ever thought of yourself as an agent of reconciliation?One reason many of us are reluctant to embrace that ministry is that it is al

Roots and Branches

Department: Author: Susie Vander VaartTrees are amazing! They make food from sunlight. They are the tallest living things on earth. And they provide homes and food for all sorts of animals. A tree is made up of three parts. The roots underground help the tree to take in water and nutrients (food).

더 강력한 제자도

Department: Author: Shiao Chong저는 2019년 총회가 혈족주의(Kinism )를 이단으로 규정한 것을 기쁘게 생각합니다. 혈족주의는 하나님이 모든 사회 생활 영역에서 인종 간 분리를 원하시고, 따라서 인종 간 결혼, 심지어 인종 간 입양 조차 금하신다고 가르칩니다. 본질적으로 이는 남아공 분리정책인 아파르테이드의 후속 버전입니다. 북미주 개혁교회 소속이었던 어느 목사가 이를 옹호하며 그의 회중과 함께 교단을 탈퇴하는 일이 있었습니다. 총회 대표단은 이 사건이 일회적인 사건이 아니라 어떤 CRC 소속 교회에

A Synod Cheatsheet for Young Adult Representatives

Department: Author: Benjamin BoersmaAs 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

Clanging cymbals or genuine love?

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

Sharing Stories, Sharing Life

Department: Author: Mary Li MaMy children have grown up to the age of asking about what my childhood looked like in China. Occasionally, I would share a treasured secret with them. For example, in third grade, I almost drowned in a pond near my school. That story served as a warning for them to do

Swimming in Swamps

Department: Author: Christin Baker This summer you might enjoy swimming in your neighborhood pool or in a lake. But it’s not a good idea to go swimming in a swamp! The dark, muddy waters of a swamp are not be the best place for people to swim. But it is home for hundreds of creatures who love swi

We Need The Church to Understand the Bible

Department: Author: Rev. Aaron VriesmanI enjoy a good biblical debate. Instead of avoiding them, I seek them out. I enjoy the challenge and exchange of ideas. But over the years, I have found again and again that people can take the Bible and make it say almost anything they want.A few weeks ago, I

His Wounds

Department: Author: Luke CarrigIt is Wednesday. The room has yellow walls and and an aged floor. It is big enough for a sink, a medical examination table, two chairs, and a computer. But it’s small enough for his knee to be just a foot from mine.His hair is frizzy for want of a comb, his pants sagg

God Doesn’t Drop People

Department: Author: Benjamin BoersmaOne Sunday when I was home from college, my church sang the hymn “He Leadeth Me.” I’ve sung that hymn since I was a little kid, but that morning, the refrain stuck out in an unusual way:“He leadeth me, he leadeth me. By his own hand he leadeth me. His faithful fo

Stronger Discipleship

Department: Author: Shiao ChongI am pleased that Synod 2019 declared the teachings of Kinism as heresy. Kinism teaches that God requires racial separation in all areas of societal life, and hence, forbids interracial marriage, and even transracial adoption. It is essentially Apartheid 2.0. A former

What Does Joy Spark?

Department: Author: Chris 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 reflect the

How Do I Respond to People Who Think God Is Irrelevant?

Department: Author: Todd StathamA few years ago I was teaching part time in the theology department of a small German university. Germany is a deeply secular nation in many ways; the students I taught—all of whom were baptized Lutheran or Reformed members of the Landeskirche (state church)—were oft