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Leading through Relationship: The Story of Youth in the CRC

Department: Author: Katy Johnson, Paola Fuentes GleghornThere’s a vision in Isaiah 2 of a house on a mountain. Lifted high above the surrounding hills, the house draws all nations toward it. People climb the mountain together to learn God’s ways and walk in his paths. As they approach amid so many

Preaching and the Holy Spirit

Department: Author: Chris Meehan Innumerable times, Rev. Scott Hoezee has stood at the back of the church at the end of a service when someone approached to say they found his sermon to be very powerful—and it seemed they had heard an entirely different message from the one he thought he had prea

이중직 목사를 돕는 교단이 되기

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans사람들은 저에게 그동안 지역 교회 목회를 해 왔는지 여부에 대해 꽤 자주 질문합니다. 그러면 저는 이렇게 말문을 열곤 합니다. “아니요. 북미주 개혁교회에서 지금 하는 일을 맡기 전에 저는 대학 총장이었습니다.” 그러면 이런 대답은 보통 더 많은 질문을 수반하고 이내 저는 흔치 않은 저의 소명의 여정에 관한 이야기를 풀어 내곤 합니다. 특수교육 학교교장에서, 소아 심리학자, 대학 행정가 및 교수, 대학 총장 그리고 북미주개혁교회 교단 대표까지 말입니다.어떤 사람들에

A Risky Invitation

Department: Author: Brian Clark“Please call in with your questions.”For members of Back to God Ministries International’s outreach team in Russia, this invitation sparks some of the best conversations between radio hosts and their listeners. But with no delay to their live, on-air radio shows, the

A New Normal of Bivocational Ministry

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateAn increasing number of Christian Reformed Church pastors are bivocational, earning income from both pastoring and a different job. For many, this second job is a way to pay bills. For others, their work outside of their congregation is a crucial component of thei

Helping Seniors Improve Balance and Enjoy Community

Department: Author: Hannah Ebeling“We feel called to improve the health of the community by helping improve their balance,” said Steve Vanderkamp, clinic director at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services. “In doing so, we hope individuals will be more inclined to get back into their communities, s

Evangelism is Relational

Department: Author: Christi Anne Zeiger“Evangelism is relational!”This was the resounding phrase of the Go and Tell Evangelism Seminar earlier this year at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich.Founded in 2013 by Pastor Jim Halstead of Community CRC (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Go and Tell was e

Becoming a Denomination of Support for Bivocational Pastors

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansIt happens to me quite often: Someone asks whether I’ve pastored a church, and I start by saying, “No. Before I stepped into this role with the CRC, I was a college president.” That usually leads to more questions, and soon I’ve laid out my unusual vocational jo

Rehoboth Choir Members to Help Lead Worship at Inspire 2019

Department: Author: Chris Meehan On the Tour of Hope they took in April 2018, members of the Rehoboth (N. Mex.) High School Choir volunteered to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.While there, they performed concerts―mostly at churches, but also at a Port Arthur firehouse for

A Faith Across Generations

Department: Author: Brian ClarkBack in 1980, Lori Persenaire lay in the hospital where she would soon pass away. She was only 20 years old, but cancer had ravaged her body. Still, Lori offered some encouraging advice for the patient on the other side of her room’s dividing curtain.“Lilian, I can’t

Media Offer New Opportunities for People with Disabilities in China

Department: Author: Brian ClarkPeople living with a disability in China often live either a life of seclusion or one of having their disability exploited, neither of which feels empowering. “In China, there are not as many services available for people with disabilities as there are in North Americ

Renewed Minds, Changed Marriages

Department: Author: Edward OkirorSolomon and Immaculate Emyedu live with their 11 children in the small fishing village of Apai in northern Uganda. World Renew works with a long-time partner, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Church of Kaberamaido, to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the area.T

Making an Impact on Students and the World

Department: Author: Chris Meehan Jul Medenblik, president of Calvin Theological Seminary, recalls praying in January 2018 with a graduate who was returning to China to work at an unregistered seminary. This seminary had been vandalized, and the government ultimately ended worship services at the

Expect Inspiration at August Event

Department: Author: Chris Meehan Set for Aug. 1-3 in Windsor, Ont., at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, Inspire 2019 will be a great time of worship and fellowship as well as a chance to learn about ways in which the Christian Reformed Church is offering the gospel message to people around the

Embracing Change

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans“Perhaps nothing in North American culture has changed more rapidly and dramatically than sexual mores.” This sentence is from the interim report the Committee to Articulate a Foundation–laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality is providing to synod this mont

변화를 포용하기

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans“아마 북미에서 성적 관습보다 더 급격하고 드라마틱하게 바뀐 문화는 없을 것입니다.” 이 문장은 올 총회에 보고하는 ‘인간의 성에 관한 성경신학적 기초 연구위원회’ 중간보고서 내용입니다.2016년 총회는 핵심 이슈인 인간의 성에 모든 초점을 맞추는 것이 최선이라고 생각하여 “기초”를 놓아줄 보고서를 촉구했습니다. 그러나 사회규범 가운데 일어나는 변화들에 대한 이러한 관찰은 또한 우리로 하여금 올해 총회에서 다룰 다양한 이슈들에 대해 생각하도록 돕기도 합니다.인간의

Abrazando el Cambio

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans"Tal vez nada en la cultura norteamericana haya cambiado más rápida y dramáticamente que las costumbres sexuales". Esta declaración es del informe interino que el Comité para Formular un Fundamento de Teología Bíblica de la Sexualidad Humana está proporcionando

Responding to Abuse

Department: Author: Eric KasOver the past several years, stories of inappropriately addressed misconduct have left a tumultuous wake in many major churches and denominations: from Willow Creek and the Southern Baptist Convention to Sovereign Grace Ministries and more. Every disclosure or allegation

Reframing, Restoring, and Renewing Marriages

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate, Brian Clark“We live in a culture that promotes a Hollywood fantasy that if you’re with your soulmate, everything will be hunky dory—you’ll live happily ever after—and there will be no issues,” said Rev. Deb Koster, producer of Family Fire. “The reality is that w