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BOT Highlights - September 2015

The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church in North America met from Sept. 24 to 26, 2015 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here are the highlights of the meeting. 

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Trusting the Spirit

In response to the news that choosing by lot had been part of the selection process, someone commented that it was good to see us trusting the Spirit just a little. What do you think?

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The 'Reading Sermon'

My elders asked if there was anything in the church that needed improving. I replied, “We need better sermon readers when the minister is away.” Two weeks later, they asked if I would like to try it...

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Ecclesiastical Maneuvering and 21 Cards People Play

It requires keen observational skill to sort out solid Scriptural argument from the cards of emotional, spiritual, relational, historical and even the appeal of loyalty to the denomination. Perhaps some of these could make a CRCNA Synod observer wiser to what might be cooking at times.

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The Synod Listening Session

Delegates to Synod 2015 have the opportunity to model deep engagement and humble thoughtfulness through listening to one another. Leaders will gather not to vote or approve, but to discuss complex questions...

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Reviewing The Banner

Two articles published last year led some to wonder whether The Banner had changed its message along with its medium. Did it stumble in its practice and mandate?

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Sturdy Longings

I suddenly blurted out, “I don’t want Jesus to come back! I want to see our baby daughter grow up; I want to fix up the old house that we just bought; I want to get better at this career that I've just begun.”

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Mind the Gap

We’re realizing more and more that having two agencies produces a gap or, at least, discontinuities. Many times, we have to travel just a city block or two to cross boundaries of culture and language.

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Clear the Decks

I once read that organizations should periodically clear the decks, disband every committee, and run lean for a season. Classes may soon be given the opportunity to do something like this...

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