"Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." This statement has been used as a good excuse not to use words in verbal witness. A closer look at the data, however, suggests that Paul and the apostles may have amended the phrase.
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One of the mandates for deacons is "Be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society, and be sensitive counselors to the victims of such evils." How has your church or diaconate lived into this mandate?
In an article in World Magazine, Scott Allen examines what he thinks is a repeat of the social gospel movement in the 1920s.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
Canadian CRC leaders have committed the CRC to endorsing and lobbying for Bill C-262, a federal Canadian bill that if passed would incorporate the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian Federal Law. Should they have?
If one reads the fly-leaf of Shabbir Akhtar’s book, one sees his intent is to “build bridges between the two religions.” One would expect that Akhtar, a research fellow at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in England, would strive to do that. But does he?
I have observed a profound reluctance from pastors to routinely visit members of their church. I would welcome some responses from pastors.
The CRCNA has a strong history of deacons working together at a classis or regional level. New models of cooperation continue to emerge. What does this look like at your church?
There are a variety of good practices out there for screening volunteers and staff, I'd love to hear some of your practices, and reviews of screening companies.
I’m curious, what areas of ministry would you like to talk about this year?
The song “The Rebel Jesus” is musically and lyrically powerful. Jesus is a rebel, fighting against the injustice of the system, and striving to end poverty. He is a moral example for all of us to follow! Or...maybe not.
The season of Advent is often associated with giving. We give each other gifts at Christmas and often consider ways that we can give back to our communities. How do you choose to give back?