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Judicial Code Committee Asks Synod 2019 For Review

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaFew people in the Christian Reformed Church have ever heard of the denomination’s Judicial Code Committee (JCC) and even fewer know what the committee does. That’s because its work is generally done behind closed doors and the results are usually discussed in exec

In Memoriam: Rev. Marinus A. Harberts (1930-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusMarinus Harberts, also known as Mike or Reeney, ministered for 35 years in New Mexico, where he grew to love the people of the Navajo Nation. A humble and generous man, he was always willing to give what God had blessed him with to others. “Live life as though

‘Skype Has Allowed Me to Continue Playing in Band’

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootWhen a problem presents itself, the solution might just be the one that gets tossed out as an offhand impossibility. And going the extra mile to solve the problem might end up being 2,000 miles. That is the true story of how Nicky DeBoer, who lives in Byron Center,

School Seeks Adult Mentors, Church Steps Up

Department: Author: Susan Vanden BergIn the fall of 2018, the superintendent of the local school system contacted Fruitport (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church. Would they be interested in a partnership to support struggling students? The church was eager to get on board. Now, a few months into a men

In Memoriam: Rev. Steven J. Van Heest (1952-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusDescribed as thoughtful and a man without pretense, Steven Van Heest blessed many in his years of ministry as a hospital chaplain. “Countless hurting patients and families were ministered to with grace and compassion because of Steve,” said one colleague. Van H

In Memoriam: Rev. Allen J. Bultman (1929-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusHumble, hardworking, and compassionate, Allen Bultman had a way of being present with others that made them feel like they were important to him—and they were. He wasn't easily offended, welcomed different opinions, and was a good listener. His sense of humor m

In Memoriam: Rev. Benjamin Ypma (1919-2019)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusWorld War II veteran, military policeman, minister, chaplain, pastoral counselor, and missionary Ben Ypma lived a full and joyful life. “As for turning 100,” said one article about him, “it’s simply a number to Ypma. He still drives himself around, takes but on

Nine Evangelical Press Association Awards for The Banner

Department: Author: The Evangelical Press Association (EPA) each year recognizes members for achievements in journalism and publication, presenting awards at its annual convention. Held this year April 7 to 9 in Oklahoma City, The Banner received nine different recognitions for work published in 20

Classis Watch: Winter 2019

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaTwo or three times each year, Christian Reformed churches send representatives to their classis, a regional group of churches. Many of the actions taken by classes are governed by the CRC’s Church Order, the rules that govern denominational life. Here are some of

Alberta Church Hosts Interfaith Conference on Family

Department: Author: Dan VeenemanAt the end of March, Medicine Hat (Alta.) Christian Reformed Church hosted the third annual Conference on the Family. Over 150 people attended either in person or via livestream. The conference is a combined effort between different faith groups and community members

No Synod Delegate Fees, No Delegation Requirements, Some Classes Say

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaSynod 2019 is meeting at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., from June 14-20. For continuous coverage, download the Banner app on your mobile device or follow The Banner Magazine on Facebook or @crcbanner on Twitter. Seven classes (regional groups of churches)

Renovations Create Spaces for Healing

Department: Author: Krista dela RosaThe Indigenous Family Centre (IFC) in Winnipeg, Man., is a community resource focused on feeding the bodies, minds, souls, and spirits of people living in the North End of Winnipeg who are marginalized and vulnerable. One of three urban aboriginal ministries oper

Unity Christian Takes State Basketball Championship

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerThe athletic program at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., has had an historic season.With a state basketball championship secured in March, Unity became the first Michigan high school ever to win state championships in football, boys soccer, and boy

Faith Groups Seek Afterlife for Shuttered Churches in Canada

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceAs many as a third of Canada’s houses of worship—about 9,000 churches, synagogues, mosques and temples—could be in danger of being demolished over the next 10 years.That’s an estimate from the National Trust for Canada, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserv

40 Years of Welcome: Canadian Churches Extend a Hand to Refugees

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusAt a gathering in Ottawa on February 28, representatives from World Renew, the international development, disaster response, and peace-building agency of the Christian Reformed Church, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Congregation Backs Member’s Rodeo Outreach Ministry

Department: Author: Ron RupkeJames Douma, a former rodeo rider and member of Discovery Christian Reformed Church in Bowmanville, Ont., has been building a part-time rodeo outreach ministry, encouraged by his pastor and supported by his church.Douma began his rodeo career in 2012 seeking new thrills

California Camp Encourages Racial Reconciliation

Department: Author: Elizabeth DrummondLiving with the reality of ongoing racial tensions, a Southern Californian ministry upholds its purpose of promoting greater diversity and unity within the local church body by taking kids to camp. For one week each June, Camp Dunamis brings together over one h

Redeemer Drops Tuition, Increases Community Connection

Department: Author: Krista Dam-VandeKuytDuring this academic year, Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ont., associated with the Christian Reformed Church, has begun or announced several new initiatives. Pastors and professors met to exchange ideas at university-sponsored talks in October and

The Banner Welcomes New Mixed Media Editor

Department: Author: Mixed Media, the culture commentary and review section of the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church has a new editor. Lorilee Craker, a member of Madison Square CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich., was appointed earlier this month and began work March 21. She takes the posit

Continuing the CRC Conversation about Abuse

Department: Author: Alissa VernonAfter prompting lengthy discussions on addressing abuse at Synod 2018, the annual general gathering of the Christian Reformed Church, Bev Sterk, a member of Second CRC in Lynden, Wash., has had opportunities around the denomination to share her story and encourage p