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Giving the Gift of Regret

Department: Author: Alan Bandstra“What did I do?” “Why are you always punishing me?”Parents and teachers lament two troubling trends among today’s youth: greater disregard for others and a weakened sense of remorse when confronted about wrongdoing. How should we discipline when these tendencies app

The Apostles’ Creed: A Liturgical Gem

Department: Author: Rev. Calvin VanderMeydenLet’s look at several reasons why the Apostles’ Creed is a liturgical gem. First, the Apostles’ Creed is biblical. The authors carefully read the whole of Scripture and summarized it in a brief, easy-to-understand format. The creed clearly points us to th

Is Abortion a Non-Negotiable Factor in a Christian's Voting?

Department: Author: Adam BarkmanIs abortion a non-negotiable factor in a Christian's voting?When faced with important decisions, it’s good practice to think of all the relevant factors involved and then decide if there are any non-negotiable factors. The list of what constitutes a non-negotiable co

Why Care About Our Shared Ministry

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergWhen I worked for World Renew a few years ago, I would regularly get together with communicators from other Christian denominations to share resources, receive training, and network with each other. What I’d hear time and time again from the others in the

Instruments of Blessing or Destruction

Department: Author: Parry StetlerAs 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

What Assumptions Might the COVID-19 Pandemic Be Challenging Us to Rethink?

Department: Author: Karen WilkWhat assumptions might the COVID-19 pandemic be challenging us to rethink as we seek to be the church participating more fully in God’s mission?I can think of a few. The assumption that all we need is the right program implemented well. We’re discovering that God is at

Days in the Doldrums, Nights in the Heavens

Department: Author: Zach VandenbergWhat day is it? I have never asked that question more often than I have this year. Ever since March, when ordinary life became stuck in the rut of stay-at-home orders I’ve struggled to get a grip on the basic reference points of the week. As a pastor, I’m used to

On Being Exceptional

Department: Author: John LeeA queue of people, huddled and hatted, waited in the arctic cold at a new restaurant. I was ready to walk to another establishment, but my friend moseyed past the line to the host and had the owner of the restaurant on the other end of his phone. Words were exchanged, br

Our God Takes Sides

Department: Author: Josh ParksIt’s a centuries-long tradition to claim that God takes sides in the affairs of war and politics. In the 11th century, European crusaders believed it was “God’s will” for them to invade the Muslim-held Holy Land. In the 16th, English Protestants ascribed the defeat of

Políticamente sin hogar, políticamente excéntricos

Department: Author: Shiao ChongUno de nuestros artículos destacados, "Esperanza para aquellos políticamente sin hogar" (pág. 32), es el último de una serie de seis artículos producidos en colaboración con el Centro de Justicia Pública, una organización cristiana independiente y no partidista enfoca

정치적 거처가 없는 별난 사람들

Department: Author: Shiao Chong저희 특집 기사 중 하나인 “정치적 거처가 없는 사람들을 위한 소망 (32)”은 정책 연구 및 시민교육에 중점을 둔 초교파 독립 기독교 기관인 ‘공공정의를 위한 센터’와 함께 작업한 여섯 편의 논문 중의 마지막 글입니다. 이 글은 양극화된 미국 정치 환경에서 정치적으로 거처가 없다고 느끼는 새로운 세대를 주제로 합니다. 저는 리차드 마우, 빈센트 바코트, 제시카 주스트라 등의 저자들이 쓴 여섯 편의 글을 모두 추천하고 싶습니다. 다음 링크로 가시면 읽으실 수 있습니다. the

The Stoning

Department: Author: Charlotte F. OttenA stone struck Paul so hard on the head that he was knocked unconscious. The fall jarred open a memory of another stoning. One in which he had participated. Paul saw the man named Stephen being stoned for claiming that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, the ris

4 Reasons We Can Trust the New Testament

Department: Author: Alexandra AodishIt’s a question many scholars and laypeople have debated and discussed over the years: Can we trust the New Testament we possess today to be true to the original documents?You might think there’s no way the New Testament is reliable. You might excuse away any evi

The Safe Place

Department: Author: Agnes FisherI remember Tini. She was a teenage girl who lived with us during the war. When I was old enough to understand, my mother told me who she was and why she was with us. I had always wondered why this friend from my toddler years had suddenly left us.Tini’s father walked

Canadian Thanksgiving and the Indigenous Tension

Department: Author: Parry StetlerAs 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

Chronic Hope

Department: Author: Courtney WesterhofAs 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 reflec

True Love: Living out Christian Values in Broken Communities

Department: Author: Daisy FyneweverAs 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 t

Marking Time: Memories Bring Hope Despite COVID-19

Department: Author: Linda L HanstraAs 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 t

As We Head into the Election, How Do I Know Whom to Trust?

Department: Author: Dean R. HeetderksI get my news mostly from social media, Facebook in particular. As we head into the U.S. elections, how do I know whom to trust? I suggest you ditch social media entirely—and not only for the election season but for all seasons. Solid research suggests it contri

Apples to Apples

Department: Author: Christin BakerFall is a fun time to pick and enjoy apples. They taste great and are good for our bodies. Did you know that there are more than 7,500 kinds of apples grown around the world? They can be as small as a cherry or as large as a grapefruit! Let’s take a look at some of