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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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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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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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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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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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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 '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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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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#CRClistens: Why We Need Robert's Rules

As stodgy as the rules of order seem, following Robert's Rules allows a church to have non-manipulative, open, low tension, thoughtful, and deliberative dialogue that leaves space for the Holy Spirit to speak a word to us if we are attuned.

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When a Contemplative Goes to Synod

As a first-time delegate, I felt the expected mixture of anticipatory wonderment of what it would be like to be involved in the work of the Spirit in guiding our church, as well as the trepidation of coming frustrations. 

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Reformation Reflections

As we prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary next year, I suggest that this year and every year we remember with a bit of sadness that while the Reformation was necessary, it was also unfortunate. 

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Alfie Who?

Bedtime prayers with my 6 and 3-year-old sons had led to a discussion about Alfie Evans, hope, the value of life, and freedom. Afterward, I reflected on the question: What should the CRC as a denomination be speaking out about?

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