This week the CRC launched a new experiment in crowdfunding. Is this the way we should do denominational publishing?
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Wherever we find ourselves right now, we must keep the long view in mind.
December 19, 2014 3 2 comments
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Do Justice, the joint blog of the Centre for Public Dialogue and the Office of Social Justice, has been around for a year and a half! You can see the most popular articles of the year here.
December 19, 2014 0 0 comments
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Many of our congregation members these days must deal with health issues. Your church too may be struggling with ailments of various kinds. How might our being in Advent speak to all this?
December 18, 2014 2 0 comments
Resource, Devotional
Subscribe to the OSJ's Advent daily devotional to refocus on celebrating God's redemptive work and anticipating his second coming this season.
December 18, 2014 0 0 comments
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I was in China during the holiday season, and I saw a marquee that said in English, “Lucky Christmas!” How about us? Do we believe in the coming of Christ because of what God can do for us – bring joy, peace, happiness, love?
December 17, 2014 1 0 comments
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When churches are feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced it might be time to return to the ABCD’s: Asset Based Church Development.
December 16, 2014 0 0 comments
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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
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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