As a friend and a representative of a closely connected group of citizens and Christ followers just north of our shared border, I want to say, “I’m sorry.”
Canadian Ministires Director for the CRCNA
Origin: Book of Life
In the meantime: Fulfilling a Calling and LIVING a life
I wonder if this is God's opportunity to develop a spiritual discipline I have commonly left neglected: the discipline of solitude.
Representatives from congregations across Canada gathered May 24-26 to discern, discuss, and dream about where God is leading the CRC. Get a sense of the event via this CRC News article.
This past week a decision regarding Trinity Western's struggle to have a law school as part of their education was decided upon...
In the face of tragedy, hate, murder, violence, and death, living out our faith becomes difficult. How should we make sense of these situations and find God in them? How can we speak with a Christian voice to those who have been affected?
As one of the key organizers of this event, I'm sometimes asked, "Why do we even need a Canadian National Gathering?" Let me share the spiritual, strategic, and systemic reasons why this event is so important.
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the deadly attack at a mosque in Quebec City. Please join me in turning these events over to God who is in control. And pray for those who are grieving.
Orthodoxy is not stuck or traditional. Orthodoxy is vibrant, life-giving and attractive. And the Christian Reformed Church in North America is increasingly working so that all of its parts foster these behaviours.
Just after the trial ended last Friday, a reporter commented with surprise on Sharlene’s “gratitude in light of all that she had been through.” But I'm not surprised. As Christians, we know the story is not over.
As stodgy as the rules of order seem, following Robert's Rules allows a church to have non-manipulative, open, low tension, thoughtful, and deliberative dialogue that leaves space for the Holy Spirit to speak a word to us if we are attuned.
I have been sold on this book for a while. If the seminary had a course on governance for pastors, this would be required reading. I have used it with local settings and it has been fruitful....posted on: Institutional Intelligence
Thanks Anthony. Great article. Interestingly enough....our church polity is built on a decentralized notion. The notion that the local church is in the centre. It is when our structures like FFM,...
Nicely said - true and pastoral. Thank you Cecil.
Brian, you don't know this, but it was I who asked for scripture to be, at minimum, referenced in this work because I so desire its inclusion. But it was not meant to be for the sake of a shared...
Eric, I would encourage you to read the reply I wrote to Keith, above. As well, I would note in the chain of Christian thinking throughout history that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin and 21st century...
Thanks for the comments, Keith. As a matter of fact, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) was an equal partner and encourager to this "fluff." You see, in a cultural setting like Canada...
Thank you for this article. I look forward to Part 2: Why Young People are staying with the church.posted on: Why Are Young People Leaving the Church?
I think these are wonderful institutional categories to think about change too.
Thanks for the candid nature of this article and for showing the denominational agencies and staff as people who are there to serve.posted on: Who Is Your One Phone Call?
Nicely written!posted on: A Call To Reformed Evangelism