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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

The Warmth of a Home and Community

Department: Author: Lauren PostmaWith Nicaragua’s rainy season fast approaching, Luis and Alba Lopez knew their family was in a dire situation—their roof wouldn’t be able to withstand the rainstorms.A family of four, the Lopezes lived in a small, cramped house. While Luis worked hard making and rep

Una Iglesia de Conexión y Colaboración

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansUno de los cinco futuros deseados que se expresan ​​en nuestro plan de ministerio denominacional, Nuestra Travesía 2020, se enfoca en la colaboración: “Nuestras iglesias y ministerios trabajarán de la mano unos con otros, y con socios en nuestras propias comunid

연계하고 협력하는 교회

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans우리 교단의 사역계획 우리의 여정 2020의, 우리가 소망하는 다섯 가지 미래 중 하나는 협력에 초점을 맞춥니다. “우리 교회와 사역들은 모든 사람을 제자 삼으라는 예수님의 명령을 신실하게 완수하기 위해 우리 커뮤니티와 세계 곳곳의 협력자들과 손잡고 함께 일할 것입니다.”북미주 개혁교회 역사를 돌아보면 사역 중에서 협력이 부족했던 시절이 있었습니다. “이전 총회가 세계선교부와 국제구제부 간의 계속되는 문제를 해결하려던 시도들이 별다른 성과를 내지 못했기 때문에 19

The Difference a Call Can Make

Department: Author: Scott DeVriesBetty-Ann Coleman had a simple question. She is an administrator at Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Kingston, Ont., and was unsure about a certain aspect of The Bridge App, a smartphone app created in partnership with the CRCNA. Coleman sent an emai

‘The Question of God and Race’

Department: Author: Matthew CookeThis year’s Stob Lecture Series featured Willie James Jennings, associate professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. The Stob Lectures, a joint effort of Calvin Seminary and Calvin College, invite conversation on important issues in th

A Church of Connection and Collaboration

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansOne of the five desired futures expressed in our denominational ministry plan, Our Journey 2020, focuses on collaboration: “Our churches and ministries will work hand in hand with each other, and with partners in our own communities and around the world, to fait

Doing Ministry Together

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergHope Community Christian Reformed Church in Surrey, B.C., was faced with a dilemma. Their bustling suburb includes many families whose faith journeys vary widely. Some are new believers and others are new to Canada. Many are too busy for regular midweek c

Creating a Denominational Quilt

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergIn the heart of the newly renovated Christian Reformed Church in North America offices in Burlington, Ont. a quilt hangs prominently. It includes blocks from 65 different Christian Reformed people from across North America.“The variety of shapes and fabri

Loved by God

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate“Depression stole my life in every way imaginable,” said Leenza Thompson, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. “[I felt] completely empty at some points, like I was just a shell of a human. . . . I really felt like I was a waste of space on earth. I f

Hablando con un Acento Reformado

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansEl folleto Quiénes Somos y Qué Creemos es un gran recordatorio de nuestra identidad como la Iglesia Cristiana Reformada. Este folleto está disponible a través de Faith Alive y también se puede acceder a este a través de la Biblioteca Digital. Todos haríamos bien

개혁주의 액센트로 말하기

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans소책자 <우리는 누구이며 무엇을 믿는가>는 개혁교회로서 우리의 정체성에 대한 아주 훌륭한 지침서입니다. 이 소책자는 페이스 얼라이브 교단출판부에서 구할 수 있고, 디지털 도서관에서도 열람이 가능합니다. 우리 모두가 매년 한 번씩 읽으면 유익할 것입니다. 이유는 다음과 같습니다. 첫째, 이 책자는 우리 교단의 정체성이 처음 시작부터 정확하게 정통 기독교 전통 가운데 있었음을 상기시켜 줍니다: “개혁교회의 가르침은 전세계 기독교인들의 신앙과 많은 공통점을 갖습니다.”