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Daniel Zylstra

About Me: 

Now into my second pastorate, but in my 42nd year of life, I have been doing the pastoral ministry thing for just over 7 and a half years now. I've been married for almost 20 years and have three beautiful children who (disobediently) keep growing like weeds. I love God and love His church.

When I first felt the call to head in to pastoral ministry, I initially thought that youth ministry would be the thing: "Then I can start with fresh, young minds and hearts who either don't have a lot of church baggage, or who are more than willing to shed it to try new things." I thought.

But then God said to me, "Dan, you know I love people of all ages, right?"

So I said to myself, "Okay, I'll go in to church planting then. That way I can reach and disciple people of all ages and backgrounds, and we still will hopefully either have people who don't have much church baggage, or who are more than willing to shed it."

And God said to me, "Dan, you know I love people in established churches too, right?"

So I said, "Okay, okay, just not the CRC, okay God?"

And, wouldn't you know it, He said, "Dan, you DO know that I love the CRC too, right?"

And so, what else could I do but fall in love with young and old, of all nationalities and backgrounds, from all kinds of churches (yes, I love those in church plants too) and even CRC's?

Now I've been in love in this way for 8 or nine years and counting... God is good.

Interests: 

I'm interested in a wide variety of things:

Reading fiction (esp. sci-fi) and watching films, reading theology, serving the church, reading comics and graphic novels, listening to Canadian indie music, the occasional website work, computer games, and more. I like doing rennovations (if you ever come our way, you should see some!). And I love playing with and reading to our kids, and spending time with my wife.

I've also discovered, though, that if anything were (God forbid) to happen to my family suddenly, and I were left alone, I'd be very tempted to become a monk and take vows of silence and poverty.

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Celebrating Disorganization

For what seemed to be a brief while (to me) there was a bit of a trend in the Church to abhor "planning" as a way of "stifling the Spirit." But has this short little trend been replaced with too much "order", "planning", and "professionalism"?

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Mom and Pop vs. Big Box Church

Many church members see the church as a service organization — one that should be “serving” them. But is that really what the church is to be? I would say no.

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Advice or Imperative: How Can We Know?

As I was preparing for a sermon series in the New Year regarding reconciliation, I got to thinking about Greek imperatives. Maybe some of you experts out there can help me. Can you tell us anything about the relative strength of an imperative in Greek?

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  • I hear you, and appreciate the importance and significance of not only your experience with the "older brother" churches. It is also dismaying to me that anyone would want to quash information...

    posted on: Hermeneutics 101
  • Ok. Thanks for getting back to me, John. I would add this: "The majority of the Church (geographically and/or temporally) has always believed this to be the correct interpretation, therefore it is...

    posted on: Hermeneutics 101
  • I'm curious as to what the point of this article is. There are a lot of statements here that are problematic, but so what? What is the authour trying to say, beyond quizzing readers on how good...

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  • Neither, Don,

    As I read the article by Dr. Goheen, one of his key points is that, since the "global church" holds to the "traditional" interpretation of bible passages supposedly about...

  • "Now I take a very low view of 'climates of opinion'. In [their] own subject every [person] knows that all discoveries are made and all errors corrected by those who ignore the 'climate of opinion...

  • I personally find Dr. Goheen's post to be a straw-man argument. He sets up a weak "affirmational" case and then knocks it down as if that settled the matter. The truth is--regardless of my...

  • I hear what you're saying, Andrew. My problem is that I think that both sides of this discussion often engage in shoddy theology. I read through Dr. Cooper's paper, and while I agree with the...

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