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One Earth

Department: Author: Mary Li MaChildren need to experience the wonder and awe of nature before they desire to love and conserve it. This poetic picture book works well with young hearts to nurture that desire. Its vibrant illustrations also present the theme of creation care with a carefully crafted

Shadow and Bone

Department: Author: Trevor DenningWhen J. R. R. Tolkien wrote “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future,” he unwittingly spoke of himself. The unassuming Tolkien brought to light an old form of storytelling that never fails to resonate with readers and inarguably changed the cou

Program Changes at Redeemer, Calvin Universities

Department: Author: Kristen ParkerRedeemer University in Ancaster, Ont., and Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich., have both recently made cuts to their academic programs, leaving some students upset and hurt by the decisions that the schools found necessary for sustainability.Redeemer is cutti

Not a Real Synod: Council of Delegates Meets In Special Session

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaIt wasn’t a real synod, but at times it felt a little like one. On June 15 and 16, the Christian Reformed Church’s Council of Delegates met in special session by video conference to deal with matters deemed unable to wait until Synod 2022. Synod, the broadest asse

Synod 2022 Delegates to Hear from LGBTQ Believers

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaThe Council of Delegates of the Christian Reformed Church decided on behalf of Synod 2021 that the views of people from the LGBTQ community need to be heard by the delegates to Synod 2022. Synod 2021 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Council met in

Council Decision on Bethany Stands

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaWhen the Council of Delegates of the Christian Reformed Church met in special session in lieu of Synod 2021, it was sometimes required to approve its own work on synod’s behalf. The CRC’s normally annual leadership meeting was canceled because of the ongoing COVID

31 Candidates Move ‘Across Threshold From Study to Service’

Department: Author: Alissa VernonThe Christian Reformed Church received 31 new candidates for ministry this week, with as much fanfare as it could manage across the video-meeting platform. David Koll, outgoing director of the Office of Candidacy, presented the candidates in an online ceremony strea

Neland Avenue: Council Defers Action, Sends Communication to Synod 2022

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaThe Christian Reformed Church’s Council of Delegates deferred any action on requests for discipline of Neland Avenue CRC to Synod 2022. (The Council was meeting in lieu of Synod 2021, the church’s normally annual leadership meeting, which was canceled due to the C

Committee for Preventing Abuse Wraps Up

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaAn ad hoc committee assigned to work on the prevention of abuse of power in the Christian Reformed Church turned in its last report to the Council of Delegates (the body that acts on behalf of synod between its normally annual meetings). Two years ago Synod 2019 i

Restructuring: Not Practical to Halt the Process

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaIn response to two requests that the denomination’s restructuring process be halted, the Council of Delegates, acting in lieu of Synod 2021, said that in practical terms, “it does not seem possible to halt the process.” The Council met in special session by video

Global Coffee Break Conference Reaches People Across the Globe

Department: Author: Chris MeehanIn 2016, Grace Paek traveled to Australia to train new leaders for what is now called Global Coffee Break, a part of the Christian Reformed Church’s Raise Up Global Ministries.One of the best parts of the trip was being on hand as Rev. Suk Dong Kim, pastor of North S

Hope Is Everywhere, Like Early Summer Leaves

Department: Author: Mary Li MaAs 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 vi

Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen FeddemaIn this first book of the three-part Daughters of Zelophehad series—the others are Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey, and Claiming Canaan: Milcah’s Journey—author Barbara Britton imagines the lives of the five orphaned daughters of Zelophehad, historical Is

Love Is a Revolution Audiobook

Department: Author: Michelle Loyd-Paige“Revolution is not a one-time event … or something that happens around us rather than inside of us.”—Audre LordeLove Is a Revolution is a delightful short listen. At the time of this writing, it is an Amazon Editor’s Pick as Best Young Adult Audiobook. There i

Faithful God

Department: Author: Paul DelgerI Am They focuses on vulnerability in themselves and their listeners, and Faithful God—album No. 3—testifies strongly to that mission. Themes include celebration, trust, and thankfulness. The music reflects solid pop with a little folk and a ballad or two mixed in. Th

What Should We Do When the Bible Seems to Disagree with Science?

Department: Author: Deborah B HaarsmaIn the early 1600s, Galileo discovered that the earth moves in orbit around the sun, yet Psalm 93:1 says, “The world is established; it cannot be moved” (NET). This tension sparked a debate in Galileo’s day. Today, people ask similar questions of other verses th

The Already, but Not Yet of Unity

Department: Author: Elaine MayAs 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 vi