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성육신하신 사랑
12/07/2022

성탄절이 되면 우리는 영원하신 하나님의 아들이 육신이 되어 우리 가운데 아기로 오신 성육신을 기념합니다 (요한복음 1:14). 성육신은 제가 기독교인 된 것을 기뻐하는 이유 중 하나입니다. 우리는 하늘에 떠 계시는 냉담하고 무관심한 하나님을 섬기는 것이 아닙니다. 우리 하나님은 이 땅에 내려오셔서 우리 곁에서 더러워지는 것을 마다하지 않으시고, 혹은 유진 피터슨이 요한복음 1장 14절을 의역한 것처럼 “그 말씀이 살과 피가 되어 우리가 사는 곳으로 이사 오셨습니다.” 우리 하나님은 우리와 함께 우셨고 (우십니다). 우리 하나님은

Un amor encarnado
12/07/2022

En Navidad celebramos la encarnación, el Hijo eterno de Dios que se encarna y nace como un bebé entre nosotros (Juan 1:14). La encarnación es una razón por la que amo ser cristiano. No servimos a un Dios distante y despreocupado que merodea por los cielos. Nuestro Dios baja y se ensucia junto a noso

An Incarnate Love
12/07/2022

At Christmas we celebrate the incarnation, the eternal Son of God taking on flesh and being born as a baby among us (John 1:14). Incarnation is one reason I love being a Christian. We don’t serve an aloof and unconcerned God hovering in the heavens. Our God comes down and gets dirty alongside us—or,

The Hope of Christ
12/06/2022

Worship Initiative’s Aaron Williams offers his first full-length project, “The Hope of Christ,” centered on the grace, love, and rest Jesus offers. “The overarching theme that inspired this project is summed up in ‘Abide,’” Williams said in a release. “We live in a world that often leaves us feelin

The Dictionary of Lost Words
12/06/2022

In 1886, 4-year-old Esme is a motherless child cared for by her father, whom she calls Da, who is part of a team of male lexicographers working in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford, England. The men are compiling the first edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, depending on volunteers from

Mixed Media Roundup: December 2022
12/06/2022

Brown Baby JesusReviewed by Darrell L. DelaneyMary and Joseph made their way through the Egyptian marketplace with their brown baby Jesus in tow.Jesus’s eyes took in the traders from near and far. His little nose filled with the scents of fruit, bread, and spices. His face lit up at the sight of chi

Nearer, My God, to Thee
12/05/2022

I am sitting on our living room couch, looking up at a patch of blue sky through a rectangle of skylight glass. A determined breeze sends the dead leaves of autumn somersaulting over its dome. Jack Armentrout installed it soon after we moved in many years ago. Jack was handy with tools and had a kna

Christmas Trees, Hallelujahs, and Finding Joy in a Broken World
12/05/2022

As I walked through the few remaining rows of Christmas trees, I attempted to sort out my feelings. When I was growing up, there were hundreds of acres of trees. These few were all that remained. I should feel something, I told myself. While a little part of me wanted to cry, the emotion that bubble

B.C. Nature Center Receives Big Grant for Programming Space
12/02/2022

Cindy Verbeek, Northern B.C. project coordinator for A Rocha Canada, an international Christian organization that promotes environmental education and conservation, was happy to accept a $105,000 grant for the Buck Creek Canfor Hatchery and Nature Centre in Houston, B.C. in October. The grant was aw

Boys Soccer Championship Wins for Two Michigan Christian Schools
12/02/2022

Two Michigan high schools with ties to the Christian Reformed Church recently won state championships in boys soccer.Holland (Mich.) Christian High School won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 championship, while Western Michigan Christian High School in Norton Shores, Mich.,

Declining Church Aims for Reinvention With Coffee Shop, Services Over Dinner
12/02/2022

The Banner has a subscription to republish articles from Religion News Service. This story by Bob Smietana was published on religionnews.com Nov. 21, 2022. It has been edited for length.Community Covenant Church in Kirkwood, Mo., had a problem common to thousands of churches in North America: an agi

Thanksgiving Celebration at Multicultural Church Plant
12/02/2022

A Spanish and English church plant meeting in Sioux Center, Iowa, hosted its first Thanksgiving as a church last week—giving thanks with Scripture, prayer, and song as well as sharing a meal. Marĩa Magdalena Reformed Church was started by Jason Leif, a Christian Reformed Church member who has a lice

The Fight: A Practical Handbook for Christian Living
12/02/2022

As soon as I had rung up the older man with the white hair, British accent, and a twinkle in his eye, and he left my dad’s bookstore, my dad told me who he was.“That was John White,” he said, in awed tones, “the author of The Tower of Geburah.” Even as a teenage girl, above it all, I was impressed.

Courage: My Story of Persecution
12/02/2022

Author Freshta Tori Jan’s first-person narrative of the persecution she endured as a member of the Hazaras, an ethnic minority in Afghanistan, is the latest addition to the I, Witness series, “a nonfiction book series that tells important stories of real young people who have faced and conquered ext

Andrew Huang YouTube Channel
12/02/2022

In October 2006, Toronto-based music and video creator Andrew Huang started his YouTube channel. After having some success on eBay—selling his songwriting and producing abilities to those who wanted him to write original songs on their theme of choice, Huang took to the new video-based platform (You

Volunteering in the CRCNA
11/30/2022

Have you ever wondered how much time the average Christian Reformed church member spends volunteering for their congregation? Or have you thought about how the amount of time people volunteer in your congregation compares to their volunteering at the local Chrisitan school or other charities in the

The Deadly Scrolls
11/29/2022

On the shores of the Dead Sea some shepherd boys once noticed some caves. The clay jars inside contained one of the most important archeological discoveries of the 20th century, forever changing our understanding of Scripture. But what if one scroll, made from copper, held the secret to a treasure o

Firmament
11/29/2022

Listening to Firmament, the second album from Norwegian art-rock trio Dim Gray, is a bit like watching a film with sweeping vistas and melancholy characters. The title itself evokes vastness, and the music reflects that; it is atmospheric in sound and in lyrics. The music features soaring melodies s

Love as the Story of Our Lives
11/28/2022

For many years, Sunday mornings were the most difficult time of the week in our home. Things slightly improved when we instituted a reward of stopping at a Tim Hortons’ drive-through on the way to church if we exited the house on time with minimal havoc.However, the second our kids reached the age t

Love in the Face of Differences
11/28/2022

It was hard. I entered kindergarten as a child of immigrant parents who spoke English as a second language. I spoke English with a Dutch accent. My fellow students soon picked up on that. “He’s different,” they said. “Different” meant I was not one of them. The difference had to be highlighted. I wa