In Samuel's 'State of the Union' address, he asked: "Whose ox have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed?" The answer, from all of Israel, was an affirmation of Samuel's integrity.
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What is your focus when you prepare and preach your sermon?
The Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee provides an opportunity for churches and individuals to become involved in grassroots, hands-on, relationship-building between CRC members and local aboriginal communities.
To whom are you accountable for your spiritual and moral life...besides God? The once-a-year elder visit (if it still exists) provides a superficial check list at best. Small groups, done properly, provide a setting for both spiritual growth and moral accountability.
We still live with the incredible notion that the local church consists of one or two leaders and dozens (if not hundreds) of followers. What is our fear of being involved in leadership?
At what point should the church speak out when political parties advocate notions that are clearly unbiblical?
At least one delegate to synod indicated that the 'homosexuality' question will become the denomination's next major issue. I disagree. There is something much more prevalent eating away at the congregation's fabric.
It must be disheartening for all of those donors to Calvin's various capital campaigns to discover that those financial gifts were reinvested in the stock market rather than applied to the capital expenditures. It is little wonder that Calvin College is in serious financial trouble.
It has been said that some denominations have bishops who move the pastors around, and the CRC has Article 17. I wish we had a bishop.
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?
An excellent new video resource was showcased at reKindle and at Synod 2012 in June which deals head on with the question about why today's young adults are leaving the CRC.
Youth Unlimited, the Grand Rapids-based parachurch organization that includes GEMS, Cadets, and young people, has a serious marketing problem right across Canada. Is it time for Canadian churches to establish an independent, made-in-Canada youth ministry support system with our own team of leadership developers?
Left alone in their studies or church offices for hours on end, the temptation to check out pornographic sites does exist. A few pastors honestly and sheepishly admit to that lure.
I came across Woodside Bible Chapel which contained a rather unique video to promote their church's ministries. I've been musing about having a classis-wide competition to see which church could produce the best, most original video.
Imagine having Christian business leaders in Canada's south becoming connected through meaningful relationships with Christian aboriginal business leaders in the North! Imagine the cultural awareness! Imagine the mentoring that will take place ... both ways!