Few church members will receive fame and accolades the way Aretha Franklin did during her lifetime. But every believer, no matter how meager their circumstances, can learn a valuable lesson from her about important conversations with fellow believers and loved ones.
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The second post in a series of three on Reformed evangelism, focusing on the teaching of J.H. Bavinck in his book, An Introduction to the Science of Missions.
“I love being the hands and feet of Jesus. I love being the church where the church is not. Chaplains are called to the deepest, darkest, ugliest parts of human depravity. Special moments of grace remind me of why I'm here."
Cascade Fellowship aligns Ray Vanderlaan's That the World May Know videos with the Discover Your Bible series to enhance the discovery process. This blog outlines videos for Discover Exodus and Discover Mark studies. Very useful for small group and Coffee Break groups.
Prayer is how we commune with God and it plays (or should play!) a huge role in our daily lives and in our relationships with others, as well as our work in His Kingdom. Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada, we want to encourage, equip and empower deacons to make prayer a regular part of their ministry.
To include someone is to intentionally pursue ways to make them feel welcomed, heard, and valued. We show the love of Jesus most when we actively include those who are marginalized and different.
Evangelism serves the building of the Church, and the building of the Church provides the foundation for witnessing to the Kingdom of God in all of life, and such witness fulfills our created purpose as image-bearers of God in His world.
Sharing our new Circle of Grace video and other resources from Safe Church!
A post introducing 1 Thessalonians by drawing insights from Dooyeweerd's philosophy (in particular, the idea of the biblical root-motive: Creation, Fall in Sin, and Redemption in Christ).
While the adjective "reckless" is difficult for some of us to sing, there is some Truth in this song. There is also a conflicting message: are we hiding from God? Or are we seeking Him? Is our God omniscient? Is our God omnipresent? Who can sing this song truthfully?
Recently, Safe Church Ministry and the Office of Social Justice collaborated to draft an action alert urging you all to write your congress members in order to help achieve justice for many sexual assault survivors. Due to this injustice many perpetrators of sexual assault still run free, and the silence speaks loudly to the survivors.
When the youth pastor at Gateway CRC in Abbotsford left after 15 years of service, the congregation wasn’t sure what the best succession plan was. They invited Ron deVries, Faith Formation Ministries’ youth ministry catalyzer, to lead a discernment session for the congregation.
This fall, I am spending time with the story of the man born blind in John 9. I am in midst of writing an academic paper around ministry, leadership, and disability, and some of that work might spill out in my CRCNA work!
I have conducted a number of job interviews in which I noticed that I could tell within ten minutes if the candidate has participated in FaithWalking. How? These candidates are well differentiated, they handle conflict in healthy ways, they listen carefully, and they know themselves well.
I had the privilege of taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. At the conclusion of our time together, each of us students wrote a "final evaluation". Here are some excerpts from mine.