New IN: Safe Church, New IN: Child Abuse
Robin Michelle RhodesMy Daughter!
In our very broken world, training up a child is not an easy task. How could our church communities be more helpful to parents?
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What keeps me from sitting down in other people’s circles? What stops me from listening to the voices of people different from myself?
December 16, 2014 1 1 comments
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In the last couple of weeks I have seen “Like us on Facebook” on the signs of two different churches and a truck dealership. Am I just old, or is there something odd about that?
December 16, 2014 0 0 comments
Discussion Topic
I'm sharing a story of an experience in Grace CRC's food pantry. I'd like some feedback on any aspect of this story.
December 15, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Audio or Podcast
Groundwork is a radio and podcast program using dialog and conversation to dig into tough issues from the Bible. Hosts Dave Bast and Scott Hoezee guide listeners in thoughtful, yet casual conversations.
December 15, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Litany
This short litany, which can be read in unison, affirms that each member of the community is valued and loved.
December 15, 2014 1 0 comments
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When the angel left, Mary was alone. To be alone…To have a burden and be alone…Mary pondered the message of the angel. She needed to talk with someone. Then she thought of her cousin Elizabeth...
December 15, 2014 0 0 comments
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It has been impossible not to hear of several tragic incidents of death of black men during confrontations with police. I have been struck and saddened by the deaths of people I did not know...
December 15, 2014 1 0 comments
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People sometimes wonder what percentage of their church's budget ought to be devoted to missions. Some statistics from other churches might be helpful in thinking about the issue.
December 15, 2014 0 2 comments
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“Ministry of presence” is a favorite phrase of chaplains to describe how they work -- with or without words -- to be the vehicle of God’s love. Some speak of this as “incarnational ministry.”
December 15, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Job Opening
Mountainview Christian Reformed Church in Grimsby, ON is seeking a full-time Director of Community Life who will support and assist the Senior Pastor in providing effective leadership to the Small Group and Pastoral Care Ministries of Mountainview Church.
December 12, 2014 0 0 comments
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Someone said to me, “I don’t do nursing homes.” Perhaps you feel the same way. If you have – may I gently tap you on the shoulder? ‘Cause I’m wondering if turning away is really an appropriate option...
December 12, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Website
IN: Prayer
I am posting one brief prayer for each chapter of the letters of the New Testament. The idea is that you would read one of the chapters of any letter, and then pray the prayer you find on my blog.
December 11, 2014 0 0 comments
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IN: Elders, IN: Pastors
Youth is not always a time of innocence. Sins of our youth can be real. They can cling to us through subsequent years...
December 11, 2014 0 0 comments
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The songs we sing at Advent and Christmas have some poignant, powerful truths to teach us.
December 11, 2014 0 1 comments
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When I need hearing aids, I’m not the type for pixie wings or steam punk, but I’m jazzed about the ones styled like Leopard skin. How about that hearing aid user on your gift list?
December 10, 2014 0 0 comments
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Although I feel excited to celebrate this God-given sacrifice, I also find myself struggling with the outpouring of material giving at this time of year. When I reflect, I wonder if present giving outweighs presence giving.
December 10, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Activity or Game
Here's a great, thought provoking activity for your youth group, small group, family devotions, or even for yourself.
December 9, 2014 1 0 comments
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In “Why Staff?” I suggested that unclear expectations may be one reason many classical staff positions seem to be falling by the wayside. Another reason might rest in the nature of the positions; they cannot help but function as consultants.
December 9, 2014 2 2 comments
Resource, Policy or Guidelines
What guidelines have you used when you paid for expenses for moving a minister? Here are some suggestions regarding move estimates, packing, and travel expenses for starting that conversation.
December 9, 2014 1 0 comments
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The opposite of living out of a blessed consciousness is living out of a cursed consciousness.
December 9, 2014 1 0 comments