If willing to share, I'd love to hear what your Advent theme is this year. I'm also curious, what are some of the ways that you are engaging your Advent theme beyond the sermon?
Thanks for checking out my profile! I am married to Hennie Schoon. We live on the west side of Hamilton, ON, with our four kids and a few pets. (Still not sure how that happened!) I enjoy backyard fires, playing board games, and a good mug of hot chocolate. I am currently serving as the Senior Pastor at First Hamilton CRC, an urban church rooted in the Durand and Kirkendall neighborhoods. I write frequently - some of which is reflected on my blogs (www.christopherjschoon.com and www.muddiedprayers.com), the Network, and elsewhere online. You can also find me on Twitter & Instagram: @chrisjschoon. Along the way, I've taught mission related courses at Redeemer University College and Calvin Seminary. I have recently completed my ThD in missional theology at Wycliffe College (Toronto), giving attention to the relationships between worship, discipleship, and evangelism in the missional church movement.
The following litany, Telling the Gospel Story, is a reading that we sometimes use in preparation for celebrating communion together.
Several years back, a middle-aged couple in our church told me: “We’ve been members here for 12 years and we still feel like outsiders.”
A mentor told me that good preaching was like a good BBQ. You’ve got to take your time on the prep work. This summer I’ve been brought back to that image as I’ve worked my way through A Little Handbook for Preachers.
As official preparations are underway for Synod 2016, it seems like the stakes are higher; the concerns more pressing. Join me in praying for unity in the CRC campground.
I am intrigued by the repetitive act in the Old Testament where God’s people would erect stone monuments. They served as a visual way of reminding themselves (and sometimes future generations) about God’s acts of faithfulness.
As summer approaches, I've been reflecting on a subtle language shift around summer plans. Can we recover a glimpse of creational goodness by altering our language from summer vacations toward summer "holy-days"?
This webinar presents a basic structure of a worship gathering, exploring a variety of ways that communal worship can form God's people for a missional way of life.
February marks the 25th anniversary of when I started to follow Jesus Christ. Though I was raised in a Christian home and my parents afforded me the opportunity to attend Christian schools, I had deliberately walked away from God. I remember being angry with God about a number of things and saying rather defiantly at one point “I don’t need you...
I have been making my way through Pope Francis’ exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel. This document is a call for Christians everywhere to reengage the biblical call of evangelization. While I recognize there is some controversy already about the document, his starting place, calling for personal renewal and a recommitment to being an evangelizing people, is quite encouraging...
The servant songs are rich texts, aren't they? I've used them in Lent before, but not as a focus during Advent.
How has your congregation responded to using videos as an introduction to...posted on: What's Your Advent Theme This Year?
Thanks, Gary! I've found that occasionally writing a devotional to go along with a sermon series or a liturgical season helps me keep my sermons a bit more focused. I remember that I don't need to...posted on: What's Your Advent Theme This Year?
Thank you for drawing attention to the mundane moments, Drew. I've often heard self-control (in the fruit of the Spirit passage) described as being able to resist temptation, which is certainly...posted on: Motivation Through the Mundane
Thank you for your comment, Harry. You are right: there are lots of Christian denominations and, at least on the surface, the presence of so many denominations could suggest that unity is next to...posted on: Preparing for Summer and Synod
Thank you for this reminder about faithfulness, Doug. You are right: We also need to pray that we would be faithful.
I fully agree with you that we can and often do idolize unity,...posted on: Preparing for Summer and Synod
John, I appreciate the idea of finding these celebration moments in worship that allow for testimony. We have a cultural context that thrives on storytelling, which creates a unique opportunity...posted on: An Evangelizing Joy
John & Joe, I recognize that both of you are expressing concern about my reference to Pope Francis and his recent exhortation. Let me invite you, if you are willing, to give some thought to...posted on: An Evangelizing Joy
I certainly resonate with this conversation as well. I wonder what role modelling or mentoring plays into the formation of our own pastoral identity.
As I've engaged with another pastor in...posted on: Pastor and Visionary Leader?
I think you're onto something, Jon. The rate and volume of change in our cultural milieu ought to encourage us to continually ask questions about what kinds of leadership roles are needed in order...posted on: Imagining a Church Without...
Hans & Greg,
your use of Woodward here is a helpful way to spring board into a leadership conversation. We may need to do some creative applications of the offices of elder and deacon...posted on: Imagining a Church Without...