Yes, the memory of my dear Grandpa Lemmen and many others in my life is still a blessing!
Many Christians have become increasingly uncomfortable with the way Christmas is celebrated, both by Christians and non-Christians. What do YOU think?
What happens if the prevalent 'spirit of the times' or the 'spirit of the age' sometimes called the Zeitgeist exerts its transformative and rather seductive effects on a church, notably a Reformed one? Impossible you say? Let us look at the data.
There were many more historical accounts written about and around the time of Jesus, how is it that only a select few made it through the "... given by inspiration of God ..." filter, as expressly stated in 2 Timothy 3:16. What disqualified other anecdotes and writings?
Have you noticed the “shorthand” way people are using the word “because” now? I don’t know where it started but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on Twitter. I thought of this new usage of the word “because” as I listened to a series of sermons our pastor, Brad Smith, gave recently.
I hardly come into The Network. And when I do today, I keep running into people's snarky comments toward one another. I just posted my question and then I'll be off until I come back to see if it was answered. Not sure I want to do much more than that.
Apparently we are launching an effort based on five streams to slow the rate of attrition within the denomination. And apparently we have asked agency heads and pastors to spearhead the effort. I appreciate the good intentions, but really, how many of them have the necessary skill sets and experiences?
Scientists estimate that there are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 10 to the power of 24 stars in the universe. They also estimate that many more of those stars have planets than they thought even a few years ago. If God created other sentient beings on even one of those planets, what would they be like?
In my reading I came across a fascinating discussion of metaphors ... we can learn a lot about how we view an issue and its potential outcome — be it an issue in the home, in the church, in society at large — by examining the metaphors that we use to describe that issue.
I went to the Art Prize and saw a huge mug pouring translucent brown liquid into a vat ... proclaimed Grand Rapids as “The Beer City” according to some craft beer industry survey. I wonder: What centre have we lost? What should we do to rebuild or establish a real centre more lasting than the head of a schooner of beer?