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Advisors and the Collateral Benefits of Synod

The last substantive motion of CRC Synod 2014 came from the floor. The restoration of the ethnic advisors. Ethnic advisors have served Synod for a number of years due to the lack of ethnic diversity. The plan was for there to be advisors until 25 delegates were from non-CRC-majority culture...

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God's Own Fool

I’ve seen pastors happy and sad, fresh and broken. I remember one pastor telling me how he made sure his son didn’t go into the ministry. He didn’t want him making THAT mistake. I was glad I wasn’t his son.

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Angst

I believe the mood of the CRCNA today is anxious ... the presence of the entire framework through which we’ve interpreted the value of the gospel has changed and in many ways we need to work to understand the gospel anew within our present cultural-values framework.

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Moving Beyond Attracting the Dormant Zombies of Christendom

In the late 90′s I was a pastor reading business books with my missional cohort in our Sacramento mission field. We were attending conferences at Willow Creek and Saddleback trying to figure out how to “create a safe place to hear a dangerous message.” It wasn’t just seeker methodology we were mining. We were exploring cell churches, house churches, multi-site churches, and just about any methodology that ...

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My Case for a Holy Hypocrisy

“The church is full of hypocrites.”  I regularly see Gandhi’s famous Christ quote on a bumper sticker at my child’s school. “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Fair enough. If you can’t find much of value in my tribe, I can appreciate...

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Why God Enables Church Fights

Synod is like an 8 day classis meeting, with harder beds and worse food, but the real trial will be having to both learn to love our enemies while God forces us to decide his will while He shuts up. Seems unspiritual and unwise, maybe...

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The Genesis Flood and the Gospel Narrative

My take on the Genesis flood is a bit different. A very common, perhaps the MOST common world saving strategy is “reward and rescue the good people, marginalize or eliminate the bad people.” This strategy in fact I believe is read onto the Bible. 

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Classes that Won't Seat Women

If the CRC is going to continue to allow both the egalitarian position and the complementarian positions on women in office, how should the complementarian position be expressed in classis? 

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Uniting Christ's Body Through Classis

It's not easy to take a picture of a classis. Both Rev. Devries and Rev. Boot spoke about how this project is helping both denominations move closer together, and this I celebrate. But I think it's also important to see how in many ways classis is a better initial level in which to pursue practical collaboration and unity.

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The Apostles According to National Geographic

I don’t think it’s a bad thing for Protestants to poke around a bit more in the early history of the Christian church. Ignorance of this era has allowed a fair amount of sloppy skepticism regarding what is pretty solidly knowable about the origins of the founding of our faith.

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Classis and the Denominational Question

Feeling like denominations are a waste of time? I'd argue that it's tough for a Christian to "think global, act local" without a glocal ecclesiastical space, and your classis or a cluster within it might be the perfect place to start. 

Classis
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Bishops in the CRC

We have no titles, hats or golden staffs in the CRC, but don't be fooled, the CRC has bishops and I praise God for them. I think we might benefit from chilling a bit on our egalitarian and libertarian culture and find ways to recognize how to employ this natural dynamic of leadership for the benefit of the church. 

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The Article 17 Flag

In church order language Article 17 is a no-fault divorce between a pastor and their church. Churches and pastors avoid invoking Article 17 because they don't want the stigma of this flagging system? Ought we to keep the flags or lose them? 

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Answering Young Steve Jobs: The Problem of Expectations

Young Steve Jobs was sharp enough to see the incongruities between the world in Palo Alto, CA in the 50s and 60s, the presentation of God at his Lutheran church, and the image he saw on the magazine cover of starving children in Africa. The dissonance he felt brought him to a crisis

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