Raymond Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian whose book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians details the sufferings of Christians living as minorities in Muslim countries, posted a provocative blog piece entitled "Why Western Nations Should Only Accept Christian Refugees." You can...
She explained to me that his family is really involved in his church. They go to a small, church from a conservative denomination called the CRC. “Have you heard of it?” she asked.
Christian ethics in business is a fertile field which needs far greater engagement by Christian churches, organizations, societies, individual Christians, and Reformed ethicists.
We want to hear from you: how does predatory lending impact your community and individuals you have served? What would you like to know, and learn, about predatory lending?
Have you ever talked about immigration from the pulpit? The Office of Social Justice invites you to participate in the Immigration Preaching Challenge as a way to respond to God's call to be truth tellers.
Looking for Lenten reflections with a focus on creation care and a justice accent? Check out Ash and Oil, a Lenten reflection series from the Office of Social Justice.
Do you have plans for how to stay alert to injustice in 2015? Here are 10 books we recommend to raise your awareness about certain justice issues and to empower you to act.
The poem below, written in the last couple of days, comes rooted in reality, and is a means to help me continue to pray into the pain of persecuted Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.
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.
Is a national third party needed today?
In life and in death, Jesus hung out with those on the margins of society. In fact, in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, he says that He Himself is at the margins. As His hands and feet, are we listening to people at the margins?
On October 1st, Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC posted and article entitled "Social Justice and the Gospel: What is the Core Mission of the Church?" Here is the link:...
Around 250 Salvadorans leave the country every day. There are no exact numbers because migrating continues being something “clandestine, invisible” from the authorities. It doesn’t matter in what conditions youth live, they want to leave.
What are, should or could deacons be doing about injustice? What resources are available to help deacons carry out this aspect of their Charge?
One very practical way that many CRC churches have reached out to their neighbours is refugee sponsorship. On the Do Justice blog, Trang Thi, a refugee sponsored by a small rural church in northern Alberta, writes about the beautiful welcome she and her family received.
What kinds of...
I believe the answer cuts accross many different topics, but perhaps the most important is social justice. This opens up a discussion about the relationships between government, secular knowledge, economics, and governance. But, to narrow it down to a single issue, here is an example:...
What do the ten commandment teaches us about abortion.
The Law of God and Abortion.
And God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
The same God who delivered the Jews from...
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 03/20/2013 This webinar will cover an overview of why so many churches are speaking out and calling our current immigration system unjust, a layout of the ways that churches are called to welcome the stranger, and a preview of the new Church Between Borders workshop.
On March 20 at 12:00 p.m. EDT Kris Van Engen will present on the topic of “Welcoming the Stranger” in a free, one-hour webinar. National borders and immigration laws are a part of the context in which the church finds itself today. In this “in-between” place, the CRC is called to demonstrate...
Do you live in or around Grand Rapids?
On 6 April, a Saturday, will be a great opportunity to learn more about how to be concretely involved in local social justice. More often than not, we think about social justice, or talk about social justice - well, now is time for...
The following article is forthcoming in the January 14, 2013 issue of Christian Courier (www.christiancourier.ca) by Shannon Jammal-Hollemans and Steve van de Hoef
January 20, 2013 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. For the church, this is an opportunity to reflect on questions such as:...
Q: What does God require of you in this commandment [you shall not steal]?
A: That I do whatever I can for my neighbors good, that I treat him as I would like others to treat me, and that I work faithfully so that I may share with those in need. HC Q&A 111
So, the Office of Social Justice sends out these "Action Alerts". The latest screed is this:
"Despite the fact that the Senate has no interest in taking up this bill, its passage remains problematic. As the political rhetoric around the budget and deficit grows even more rancorous over...
Are the Office of Social Justice, the Synod of the CRC, and other official organs of the CRCNA - whether intentionally or not - attempting to define Christianity in a way that excludes conservative political and economic views?
Please provide evidence for your answer.
The OSJ and Office of Race Relations are offering a new opportunity to fulfill God’s command to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger among us.
We ask that you sign A Commitment to My Immigrant Neighbor, a personal pledge committing to live out your faith by aiding immigrants...