If you were at Inspire but didn’t get a chance to visit the Idea Room, or if you were unable to attend Inspire 2017, we’d still love to get your perspective. What does being Christian Reformed mean to you?
Two verses for teachers on the cusp of summer.
In 2018, we'd like to give the "Together Doing More" section of The Banner a fresh look and a new name. What types of posts would you like to see? Any suggestions for what to call this section?
Are you hoping to do some reading this summer? If so, what books are on the top of your list?
I am really wrestling with what to do with all my books. I guess I could box and store them, but is there another option?
We desire to reach communities that have no idea what “the law” is. Do they really need to hear the law to see their sin? Doesn't it make more sense to meet Jesus, Christ crucified, and let him reveal their sin?
While the article centers on some of the tensions and debates at the school, I think that many of the topics explored are also at play in our wider denominational landscape.
When did the Sabbath day start? Was it on the 7th day of the creation week? At Mount Sinai? Time of Abraham?
Do you have photos of your church living out its mission as a family of believers? Share them with your wider Christian Reformed Church family!
During our last U.S. presidential campaign and election I was frustrated by the lies and contradictions that surfaced that were neither challenged, investigated, or held accountable for.
Even as a cynical observer, I’ll admit the 2016 Cubs’ season has been very impressive. And one reason they’ve nearly won me over is because they’ve been showing how good they are instead of telling me.
When we consider the words of James 3:17, the question that each Christian must ask is no longer “Where is God in the US presidential election?” but “Where is God in my life as I participate in the US election?”
Senator Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s toxic behavior towards one another is highly contagious. It’s impacting us more than we realize. All of this makes me think about the essential role of Christian community.
Stories are powerful. Even simple stories have the ability to engage us on many levels, not just our heads but our hearts. What is your story? Where has God placed you, and what journey are you on?
Stephanie Williams, M.D., chief of the blood and marrow transplant program at Spectrum Health in Chicago, talks about what it means to her to be part of the CRC. Do you have a story about what it means to you to be Christian Reformed?
I've noticed that people like me and congregations like mine have chosen one of three types of relationships with their denominations. The third group (the newest kid on the block) may not be readily apparent to most.
This may come as a surprise to some, but a denomination is not a church. The denomination needs to embrace and affirm its true identity and sole purpose: to support the ministry of local congregations.
Most pastors will acknowledge that the relationship between their congregations and their denominations is tethered by but a thread. One wonders if there's a future for denominations, and if so, what's the way forward?
A warm welcome to newly appointed editor of The Banner, Shiao Chong! We are curious. . . If you were the newly appointed editor of The Banner, what would be the headline or topic of your next editorial?
Ed Shaw's book Same-Sex Attraction and the Church is a crucial resource for the CRC's ongoing conversation on sexuality. Here is my review of Shaw's book:
For far too long in this country it has seemed possible to enjoy both the Christian life and the American dream. Christians have...
Instead of dire predictions of storms and divisions, let’s put our heads together and talk, form relationships, and learn how to love one another, as God in Christ has loved us.
Many Christians have a favorite scripture or "life verse" that inspires their vision and mission in the world. Are there hymns and contemporary Christian songs that do the same?
Hans Fiene, a Lutheran pastor looks behind the scenes at the motivation for social activism by the church.
There are some Christian scholars who support the idea of government help for the poor.