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I Wish You Could . . .

We are also concerned about the churches to which we belong and which we miss dearly. We have been worshiping with that church in mind. We have prayed for her, for you. We have debated and decided on her behalf. We have prayed and worked for her welfare.

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“Well, That’s a Thought”

What is an “Ecumenical Faith Declaration”? What does it mean that we have accepted the Belhar Confession in this category?  Did we just leave Synod 2012 sorely confused, not sure what just happened but guessing that it probably wasn’t good? 

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Why I'm Excited for Synod

I have this sense that among young leaders there is a growing attitude rejecting traditional forms of church governance. A lot of us have a hard time with the idea that the decisions made by this binational gathering will have any helpful impact on the day to day work of the Kingdom of God. At the same time, some of these young leaders have started a hashtag #crcgroundswell looking for stories of God’s Holy Spirit at work in our churches...

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Are We Formed Yet?

The Faith Formation Study Committee has been working steadily for the past four years. What could have been a contentious issue (adapting the practice of profession of faith and allowing “age and ability appropriate faith in Jesus Christ” to be the marker of admittance to The Lord’s Supper) has been utilized as an opportunity for church congregations, ministry leaders and councils to reflect again on the gracious nature of faith.

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BOT Highlights - May 2013

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church in North  America met on May 2 and 3, 2013 at the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this meeting the Board...

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Overture 15 from Classis Northern Illinois asks that we “Mandate Denominational Agencies and the Board of Trustees to Develop Concrete Strategies to Carry Out the Great Commission.” This is supported with four grounds (reasons):

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Are We Fully Equipped?

This year at Synod, Classis Zeeland wants us to “Appoint a study committee to expand on the 1973 report and conclusions on homosexuality.”  And Classis Pacific Northwest wants us to “provide pastoral advice on the issue of gay marriage.” Now, people of God...

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Bi-National or Overreaching?

A key topic of discussion at Synod 2013 will, undoubtedly, be the bi-national character of our denomination.  Also undoubtedly, it is brought forward to us in Overture 5 from Classis Toronto and in Overture 6 from Classis Niagara.

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Deck Chairs?

A key theme throughout the Agenda for Synod 2013 is the necessity to restructure the denomination. I’ll admit I feel anxious putting this out there but only because I’m going to be blamed for saying in public what any number of people have wondered about it private...

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Wag the Dog

Although I read through the Structure and Culture Report (page 348), although I looked at the budget numbers, I remain unconvinced that the tail isn’t trying to wag the dog.

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Diakonia Remix

By far, the issue with greatest coverage in the Agenda is that of a Study Report out of the Office of Deacon Task Force.  I really recommend reading it for yourselves as I believe the report is a model of how these things ought to be laid out.  It is confessional, conversant in the relevant threads of church polity and winsome to boot. 

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Overtures 3 & 4: Laying Out the Debate

I confess to having run stuck on Overtures 3 & 4. Perhaps you have too? No matter your opinion, most of us aren’t diffident in holding them or taciturn in voicing them.  Let’s own that at the outset.  These overtures seem likely to create a 2013 synod sensation. 

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Who Will Lead Our Denomination?

It seems, according to the latest posting on The Banner's website, that we're having a difficult time finding a new executive director to head of the Christian Reformed Church in North America corporation. What will happen to the denomination if we don't find a new executive director?

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Advice for First-Time Delegates

I mentioned in my last blog post that I have never been a delegate to Synod. Judging from that post, I’ll bet you can see why. But I do have an inkling of admiration for the Sheila Holmes and George Vander Weits and Thea Leunks of our denomination. God bless them, every one!

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The Why in Synod

The Church Order can teach us a few things about Synod and all of these things outlined are laudable goals and important issues for the life of the denomination: ecumenical relationships, orthodoxy in belief and worship.  But I still don’t see the why in Synod. Is it possible the day might come when we recognize a thriftier and swifty-er way of doing the work commissioned to us? 

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Agenda for Synod Review (May Contain Spoilers)

THIS YEAR-- dear brethren & sisteren, I have done it.  In a feat of institutional fortitude, I have thoroughly skimmed the entire agenda, even marking pages for further consideration.  So you might ask yourself (with apologies to the beautiful Hebrew Seder) “How is this year unlike every other year?”  Well, dear reader, this year I am your official Synod blogger!

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BOT Highlights - September 2012

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church in North America met on Sept. 27 to 29 at the Prince Conference Center of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.During this meeting the Board:

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Time to Pack ‘er In!

Synod and Summer 2012 have come and gone. Where I live the weather was hot and dry. Some synod discussions and debates surely may have been hot, in committee, over mealtimes and in plenary sessions. But from what I heard and gleaned, they were never dry. Nor was the Synod Network conversation.

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