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Finishing Work Just Before COVID-19

Department: Author: Christopher GibsonNot long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced lockdowns across North America, World Renew Disaster Response Services volunteers gathered with community and long-term recovery partners to celebrate with “Miss Mavis” as she received the keys to her new hom

Raising the Next Generation of Leaders

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.My son, who lives overseas, was able to come back to North America for a visit from Thanksgiving to Christmas. After a quarantine period, he became part of the household “bubble” with my wife and me. What a difference it made to have him in our home!On the one

Listening to the Voices of Every Generation

Department: Author: Brian Clark, Cassie WestrateDavid was a young man when he fought Goliath. Anna and Simeon were senior citizens when they prophesied about the baby Jesus to all who would listen. In fact, the Bible is filled with stories of men and women of all ages and from unexpected places who

Formando a la próxima generación de líderes

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.Mi hijo, quien vive en el extranjero, tuvo la oportunidad de volver de visita a América del Norte durante los días entre el día de Acción de Gracias y Navidad. Tras un período de cuarentena, pasó a formar parte de la "burbuja" hogareña con mi esposa y conmigo.

다음 세대 리더 육성

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.해외에 사는 제 아들은 추수감사절부터 크리스마스까지 보통 북미로 돌아와서 함께 시간을 보냅니다. 그런데 이번에는 자가격리기간이 되면서 아들도 아내와 저와 함께 바이러스와 관계 없이 만날 수 있는 한 집에 사는 구성원이 되었습니다. 집에 아들이 있는 것이 우리 일상에 얼마나 큰 차이를 만들었는지 모릅니다!한편으로 생각해보면 그렇게 많은 것이 바뀌지는 않았습니다. 우리는 팬데믹 시대를 살고 있습니다. 아내와 저는 재택근무를 하고 있고 규칙적인 일상을 살고 있습니다.

Disability and Agility

Department: Author: Becky JonesFor many years, the Disability Concerns ministries of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America have partnered to offer training for regional and church disability advocates.Usually, disability advocates gather for these events in person and eng

Addressing the Seven Deadly Sins During COVID-19

Department: Author: Chris MeehanEven though people don’t like being stuck in their homes because of the COVD-19 pandemic, there can be an upside to it, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung said during the opening session of the 2021 January Series, Calvin University’s long-standing annual lecture series.First

Internships: Learning and Sharing Together

Department: Author: Victoria Veenstra“We get to add some capacity,” director Mike Hogeterp said, “and we get to learn from—and support—young adults in their understanding of the political world and the Christian calling to seek justice.”This philosophy came into play when the center hosted Miranda

A People of Prayer

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.Last June, the Council of Delegates, acting in lieu of synod, approved a new denominational ministry plan called Our Journey 2025. This plan was built based on conversations with leaders and members of myriad Christian Reformed congregations across North Ameri

A New Radio Program in Uganda Digs Deep into God’s Word

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateWhen the novel coronavirus pandemic hit, many believers wrestled with questions of faith: If God is good, why is this happening? Is God punishing us?“In (Uganda), where the false prosperity gospel is usually taken for granted as truth, many Christians don’t know h

A Simple Invitation

Department: Author: Brian ClarkAlthough it can be scary at times to share God’s story, it doesn’t have to be that way. Marcos did it just by turning on his favorite television program. Over the years, Marcos had grown his faith through a television program called Verdade e Vida (Truth and Life). Th

Un Pueblo de Oración

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.El pasado mes de junio, el Concilio de Delegados, actuando en lugar del sínodo, aprobó un nuevo plan de ministerio denominacional llamado Nuestra Travesía 2025. Este plan se elaboró en base a conversaciones con líderes y miembros de un gran número de congregac

기도의 사람들

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.올 해 우리 함께 기도와 영성 있는 삶을 살도록 훈련합시다.지난 6월, 교단이사회는 총회를 대신하여 “우리의 여정 2025” 라는 교단의 새로운 사역 계획을 승인하였습니다. 이 계획은 북미주 개혁교회의 수많은 교회의 지도자와 회중과 논의하여 세운 것입니다. 논의를 통해서 어떤 나라, 문화, 연령, 성별을 아우르는 “이정표” 로 부르는 네가지 핵심 우선순위가 떠올랐습니다.교단으로서 저는 하나님이 우리를 다음과 같이 부르셨다고 진심으로 믿습니다.성령의 능력으로 우리

Spiritual Direction Blesses Those ‘Stuck in Their Faith’

Department: Author: Sean BakerYoori Shen should have been in her spiritual sweet spot. Shen became a Christian after coming to Canada as an international student. Since then, her faith had been maturing. She found a church home at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church (Burnaby, B.C.), and she e

A Church to Bridge the Racial Divide

Department: Author: Rudy GonzalezKyle Brooks was a church planter reaching mostly young white professionals in Oakland, Calif. He worked from a gospel understanding of a God who transforms lives and communities. On Nov. 8, 2015, he was running late for the Bay Area Clergy Cohort, a social justice

Our Journey Toward Deeper Faith Practices

Department: Author: Megan HerremaEngaging the Spiritual DisciplinesThe first goal or milestone of Our Journey 2025 reads, “Cultivate practices of prayer and spiritual discipline, transforming our lives and communities by the power of the Holy Spirit.” If we’re honest, a directive to “practice spiri

Bridge App Makes Connections during COVID-19

Department: Author: Ken Bosveld As local churches have sought ways to stay engaged with members during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of congregations have found The Bridge App to be an effective solution.Operating on Android and Apple mobile devices, The Bridge App offers a full suite of functi

A Committee Committed to Justice

Department: Author: Victoria VeenstraChristian Reformed churches in Canada have a long history of seeking justice and speaking hope in Canadian public affairs. Established 50 years ago, the Committee for Contact with the Government was shaped by congregations out of a conviction that the CRCNA had

Iowa CRC Discusses Biblical Framework for Immigration

Department: Author: Megan HerremaJason Lief, a professor at Northwestern College and an immigration mobilizer for the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice, hosted a series of presentations on the biblical framework for immigration at Covenant CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa, in September

Hacia un Vocabulario Común

Department: Author: Colin P. Watson Sr.Imagine cómo sería la iglesia si fuéramos capaces de dejar a un lado nuestras diferencias políticas y teológicas y, en su lugar, desarrolláramos un idioma común basado en nuestra identidad compartida en Cristo.En una carrera anterior, pasé varios años como eje