Hospitality Is Key to Ministry

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateWe want to be like Jesus, sharing God’s goodness, grace, and love with others, but no ministry on earth compares to Jesus’ ability to minister with people who are hurting, broken, or lost. Jesus calmed storms, gave sight to people who were blind, and raised the de

Building God’s Kingdom One Church at a Time

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything,” writes the author of Hebrews (3:4). Reverend Bitu Mondhu and his congregation discovered the truth of this Scripture firsthand when he participated in Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) im

Calvin Seminary Helps High School Students Uncover their Future

Department: Author: Aaron EinfeldChoosing a school, major, or career can be overwhelming for many high schoolers. But what if this process was full of delightful anticipation about the good things in store for us? What if instead of asking students about a major, we asked them, When do you feel the

‘A God Who Loves Our Language’

Department: Author: Brian ClarkMoussa, a former Muslim from West Africa turned church planter in Brazil, knows firsthand the importance of reaching people in their heart language. “With many West African refugees here in Brazil, we’re challenged to minister in Arabic, a language that is very specia

크리스마스 나무가 알려준 것

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans많은 집과 교회에 전구, 꽃, 리본과 그리고 무엇보다 크리스마스 트리로 장식을 하는 계절이 다시 돌아왔습니다. 본래 크리스마스 트리는 이교도의 전통에서 유래했지 어느새 강림절 전통의 빼놓을 수 없는 중심이 되었습니다. 저는 올해는 집에 성탄트리 장식을 어떻게 할까 생각하다가 문득 나무와 관련된 몇 가지 이야기들을 떠올렸습니다. 첫번째 이야기는5년여 전, 방송선교부의 투데이 묵상집에서 본 론 밴더웰이 쓴 “지속시키는 믿음” 글을 읽었을 때 문득 깨달은 것입니다. 묵

Lo Que Me Enseña mi Árbol de Navidad

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansLlegó de nuevo esa época del año cuando muchos de nuestros hogares e incluso algunas de nuestras iglesias están adornadas con luces, guirnaldas, listones y—por supuesto—arboles de Navidad. Aunque originalmente tomado de tradiciones paganas, el árbol de Navidad s

Christmas Tree

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansIt’s that time of year again when many of our homes and even some of our churches are decked out with lights, garland, ribbons, and—of course—Christmas trees. While originally borrowed from pagan traditions, the Christmas tree has become a central component of m

Program Fosters Financial Shalom for Pastors and Churches

Department: Author: Holly SmallIn February 2017, the Christian Reformed Church in North America launched a new initiative, known as the Financial Shalom Project, to support and sustain pastors for ministry. The project was designed to meet the needs of a growing number of pastors who reported that

Dios Obrando en Nosotros

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansA principios de este año, el sínodo animó a los ministerios denominacionales a honrar al 400 aniversario del Sínodo de Dort, que se reunió en 1618-19 en la ciudad de Dordrecht en los Países Bajos. El resultado del Sínodo de Dort se redujo a cinco puntos que Jim

우리 안에서 일하시는 하나님

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans올해 초, 총회는 1618-19년 네덜란드 돌트레흐트 시에서 모인 돌트 총회 400주년을 기념하는 교단의 여러 사역들을 승인했습니다. 돌트 총회의 결론은 짐 오스터하우스 저 풀어 쓴 믿음 (Faith Unfolded, 본 교단 눼 디지털 도서관에서 무료로 열람이 가능합니다) 에서 FAITH약자로 설명하는 다섯 가지로 요약됩니다. 인간의 타락 (Fallen humanity), 하나님께 입양됨 (Adopted by God), 의도적인 속죄 (Intentional ato

Conference Looks at Synod of Dort for Today

Department: Author: Chris Meehan Dressed in a tall hat, dark pastor’s robe, and ruffled shirt, and sporting a long white beard, Don Sinnema greeted attendees at this fall’s Synod of Dort Commemorative Conference in the Calvin Theological Seminary auditorium.Sinnema, a retired Trinity Christian Co

Researchers Challenge Calvin Scientist’s Bold Astronomical Prediction

Department: Author: Matt Kucinski Calvin College professor of astronomy Larry Molnar made a bold announcement in 2017—he and his team had identified a binary star in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan, that was a strong candidate to merge and explode in the near future. Known by its Kepler missio

Torn between Love and Abuse

Department: Author: Nancy Vander Meer Elizabeth (name changed) is torn when she looks back on her 27 years of marriage. “It’s like my husband is two different people,” she said.Both Elizabeth and her husband had turned their lives around from, as Elizabeth described it, “a life of horrible binges

God Working in Us

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansEarlier this year, synod encouraged denominational ministries to honor the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort, which met between 1618-19 in the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands. The outcome of this Synod of Dort boiled down to five points Jim Osterhouse

Circle of Grace

Department: Author: Eric KasAbuse is a topic that many of us avoid because it is so difficult to find the exact right words to use. That’s why it is important to discover a new shared language to talk about a topic that has been ignored for far too long.About five years ago, Safe Church Ministry be

Growing Faith and Coffee

Department: Author: Amy EverettModesta Lucas Bravo grew up around coffee plants. Her parents harvested coffee as plantation workers in rural Guatemala. Growing coffee was hard work, and Modesta’s parents didn’t have enough income to send her to school.Eventually, Modesta moved to El Tineco, a commu

Campus Ministry Sparks Lifelong Leadership

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate“Individuals with disabilities are often included somewhere—and then they’re left behind,” said Peter Gordon, a campus minister at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). “I’m always trying to propel the students forward. What next?”Hailey was a freshman at GRCC wh

Not Useless: Light in Darkness

Department: Author: Heather HavemanLife is often difficult for people in China who are blind, as Wang Ying wrote in an online essay competition hosted by the Chinese ministry of Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI).“People usually think that those who are born blind like me would be content