An Institution of Discipleship

Department: Author: Rev. Darren C. RoordaLet me tell you a story. Recently, a Christian Reformed church member from Thorold, Ont., felt called to minister to inmates at a local prison. He met one man who was feeling stuck. He’d read his Bible, but only a few pages at a time. It just didn’t ring tru

When We Share Our Faith with God’s Family, Lives Change

Department: Author: Trudy AshBusy. Overwhelmed. Chaotic. These are the words I most often hear when I ask people to describe today’s families. Because of this busyness and the shifts in society and parenting, churches everywhere are seeing a decline in both attendance and engagement from young fami

Therefore, Go: How the CRC is Making Disciples of all Nations

Department: Author: Nancy Vander Meer , Brian Clark, Lauren PostmaWhen Dmitry heard a radio message that touched him, he decided to write a message of thanks to the program’s producers in Russia. He didn’t expect the conversation to go any further.“I didn’t really expect to hear back from you,” D

Finding Special Gifts with People with Disabilities in China

Department: Author: Hannah EbelingIn August, Calvin College professors Judy Vander Woude, Peggy Goetz, and Jill Bates traveled with speech pathology students to China to work with children with special needs at the GIFT Parents’ Support Center. GIFT is a Chinese nonprofit, one of few there that cre

An Apple a Day Keeps the Hunger Away

Department: Author: Maydi Hernandez“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35Using donated apples, Pease (Minn.) Christian Reformed Church has

이웃과 소통하려면?

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans저는 아미쉬 전통과 신앙을 가진 사람들을 직접적으로 알지는 못하지만, 제겐 아미쉬 사람에 관한 이미지가 있습니다. 아미쉬라고 하면 옛날 옷을 입고 말과 마차를 끌고 다니는 사람을 상상하곤 합니다. 저는 그 사람들이 “구별된” 삶을 산다고 생각하며 그런 결심이 대단하다고 생각합니다.제가 가진 이런 이미지를 생각하면, 다른 사람들은 과연 개혁교회를 어떻게 바라볼까 문득 궁금해집니다.예를 들어 교회 밖의 사람들은 여러분의 교회를 어떻게 볼 지 생각해 보십시오. 사람들은

¿Qué Estamos Comunicando a Nuestras Comunidades?

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansA pesar de que realmente no conozco a ninguna persona de la tradición y fe de los Amish, sí tengo una percepción de ellos. Me imagino a personas usando ropa pasada de moda y conduciendo un caballo y una calesa. Pienso de ellos como “apartados” y admiro su determ

Speaking of What Calvin Seminary Means to Them

Department: Author: Matthew Cooke“I thank you on behalf of my family for supporting the ministry here at Calvin Theological Seminary. God has used it to help me through one of the most difficult times of my life. And I believe he is giving me the skills and resources necessary to care for people an

When Media Brings Community

Department: Author: Brian ClarkAt their worst, social media sites seclude us from face-to-face interactions. But they also offer unique opportunities to connect with others. Members of Back to God Ministries International’s listener communities in India would agree.Thanks to these communities, Shau

Destination Church Opens Doors to Indigenous Community

Department: Author: Cindy StoverSt. Thomas may be a small city in rural southern Ontario, but the community is determined to have a big impact when it comes to inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.In 2017, as part of Ontario’s Journey Together research project, a local research team

What Are We Communicating to Our Communities?

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansWhile I don’t actually know any people from the Amish tradition and faith, I do have a perception of them. I picture people wearing old-fashioned clothes and driving a horse and buggy. I think of them as being “set apart” and I also admire their resolve.That per

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