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As a synodical deputy I lament that we are not at the examination of commissioned pastors.  Our sole role in all of this is to approve the "job desctription", which seems as wide as possible.  Some simply want to be ordained thinking that gives them more credability, not realizing thast by their fruits we shall know them.  I feel the whole issue needs a second look.  Ron Fisher

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   We are so appreciative of all of your writings, but especially when your wrote me way back in the early 70s.  I was in Brooks, Alberta in our first church complaining about the congregation.  You so beautifully set me straight.  Your remarks were along this line:  "It is never them and us/me.  We are the church of Jesus Christ together with all of our weaknesses and sins.  We are sinners together living only by the grace of God..."   I don't remember the rest of your correction to me, but that was enough to shape the rest of my ministry, and thankfully also my life to this day.   I have been so blessed.  I have learned that God even uses crooked sticks, that He blesses often in spite of us.  Right there in Brooks, Alberta I learned with your help how much I can value and learn from elders and many others in the congregation.  All this and much more you, Louis, and the Holy Spirit helped me to learn.    Thank you so much - for who you are, and for your care for other people.  God's riches blessings to you and Jean!   God is so good!  Ron Fisher 

Ron Fisher on January 26m 2016

Did your congressman recognize that the 2nd amendment refers to the members of military or those empowered by government right to bear arms?  It was never intgended that every Tom, Dick & Harry could walk around with firearms.

I am ashamed that Christian Reformed members can be so cruel in their comments that the morale of our hardworking creative people at the Banner is affected.  I deeply appreciate our editor and the whole staff.  They give us a Banner well worth reading. Keep up the good work!   Ron Fisher

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