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Survive the Day: Thriving in the Midst of Life’s Storms
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen FeddemaFor years after author Ben Young’s divorce and experience of single parenting, he had one goal in the midst of his deep disorientation—to survive the day. For three decades, Young has been a pastor and professional crisis manager for families and individu

A Quiet Place Part II
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Trevor DenningThe sequel to A Quiet Place begins turning the screws instantly, leaving us twisting in our seats, and there’s no relief until the very, very end.The first film started with our main characters, the Abbott family, already in a world where the smallest sound would g

Popular: The Power of Likability in Status-Obsessed World
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Reginald SmithHow much did high school affect your relationships? According to psychologist and University of North Carolina Professor Mitch Prinstein, our success or mistreatment within our high school relationships could set a course for life. His argument intrigued me. Prins

In Memoriam: Rev. Carl G. Kromminga Sr. (1925-2021)
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusA humble man with a servant’s heart, Carl Gerhard Kromminga was a faithful pastor and educator with an encyclopedic mind and a great sense of humor. He sought to imitate Christ in all he did, welcoming strangers and ready to walk the extra mile for others. He d

Canadian Board Supports Restructuring, Wants More Canadians on Council
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Alissa VernonAs a new governance structure is implemented in the Christian Reformed Church in anticipation of approval from Synod 2022, the denomination’s Canada Corporation says it wants more Canadians appointed to the Council of Delegates and it will continue to stress the Can

Knowing Whose I Am
07/30/2021

Department: Author: Joyce SluiterAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect the

Old Church Basement
07/27/2021

Department: Author: Kayleigh FongersWith a name like Old Church Basement, an album is expected to wow. And that’s just what Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music’s latest collaboration does. The new contemporary worship album speaks to the power of combining two talented groups who are seeking

48 Grasshopper Estates
07/27/2021

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootSicily Bridges lives at 48 Grasshopper Estates, a place with no grasshoppers and, come to think of it, no grass either. But Sicily is very good at making things and so she sits down on the front stoop and makes a grasshopper. Every morning Sicily makes lists of the

40 Days on Being a Seven
07/27/2021

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerThe Enneagram is about nine ways of seeing and experiencing the world, and as a Seven, Gideon Yee Shun Tsang sees the world through his own trademark lens. In this small, vibrant book of daily readings, Tsang guides the reader through the good, the bad, and even th

Finding the Way
07/26/2021

Department: Author: Rachel LancashireEvery year, billions of birds fly south from Canada and the United States. There is much more to migration than robins disappearing and honking flocks of geese flying in V’s. Migration is mysterious and amazing. Many birds migrate under cover of darkness while w

Mental Health, Trauma, and 2020
07/26/2021

Department: Author: Arielle WellonsThe year 2020 was a hard one for Americans and Canadians across the continent, and I’ve been reflecting on how North Americans have individually and communally been struggling to understand the problem of trauma. As a counselor, I’m equipped to help clients, Chris

To the Sunday Ministry Spouse
07/26/2021

Department: Author: Melissa KuipersTo my husband who supports me in Sunday-morning ministry (and the many people with family members who serve in churches):I know Sunday mornings are not the peaceful, relaxed times that so many of your friends enjoy.There are no tranquil Sunday brunches, no sleepin

Seeing Indigenous People in the Image of God
07/26/2021

Department: Author: Parry StelterAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect the

Unforgotten
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Cynthia BeachDCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) draws a breath before she dials. Her task? She must call a mother whose teen disappeared decades ago. His body has been found. But what happened to 17-year-old Jimmy has yet to be discovered.Of course, strategic too, is this questio

Get Over ‘I Got It’: How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support, and Remember That Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone (Audiobook)
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Michelle Loyd-Paige“Too many ambitious women strive to accomplish all their goals alone, leading to dangerous levels of stress and anxiety. Learn how a strong support network and meaningful connections are crucial not only to your long-term success, but to your peace of mind.” E

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen FeddemaOn Jan. 8, 1956, five young Christian missionaries serving in Ecuador and attempting to share the gospel with Waodani tribesmen were murdered by the very men they were trying to reach for Christ. News of the massacre spread throughout the world, and event

Canadian Churches Remembering With Indigenous Community
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootWhen Pastor Kelli Sexton and her team at Christ Community Christian Reformed Church of Nanaimo, B.C., planned their June 2021 services using a 2016 Reformed Worship resource on Reconciliation and Pentecost, they could not have imagined its timeliness. After news in

Roorda Dismissal Prompts Questions; Board Says End Vision is Same
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Alissa VernonThe board of directors of the Canada Corporation of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (the entity that constitutes the CRC in Canada) is meeting this Saturday by video conference. Ahead of that meeting The Banner had the opportunity to speak with board

Embraced by Love in a COVID World
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Katy JohnsonIt was 3:23 p.m. on a Friday in May when the phone rang. I paused before answering. After a particularly grueling week helping World Renew spread the news about the latest COVID crisis in India that had claimed so many lives, I wasn’t sure I had anything left to give

Search me, O God
07/23/2021

Department: Author: Jenna C. HoffAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect the