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Del VanDenBerg

About Me: 

Once known on this esteemed web-place as "dutchoven" or more recently "montana dutchoven,"  I actually live in Montana.

Dutchoven? Well because I love to cook and teach others to cook in dutchoven "camp stoves;" and perhaps because to my knowledge I am the only person in the world to make a "choice" to be "dutch"- that being the case I am still "half-baked and in the oven yet."

Being a convert to "reformed thinking" (baptized into the church at age 8) I have for the past 55 years found a home in this church- riding the high edge of every changing wave, waxing my board so I can cut through the "foam" and "hang 10" no matter what any decision of Synod brings!

With an equally wonderful gal that shares my love of adventure and life, with children who have now given me the cutest grandchildren in the world...I am blessed:-)

Interests: 

Church Order, the Heidelberg Cat., and all that is CRCNA

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Oh, That Will Be Glory

After celebrating Easter, I am always left wondering what will happen to me after the Resurrection. Will I still be deaf? Either way, I can be joyful and content. 

Disability Concerns
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What do you hear?

Memory...a tool of grace. For me today I am thankful for memory; with two cochlear implants now, the ability to hear people relies on my memory- if I heard your voice once, my mind will associate the electrical current it receives through the cochlear processer with that memory- and I will "hear" you. If I have not heard you before, I must rely on voices I have stored in my mind and create your voice- you will never know how I hear you, but I will "hear" you! I often wonder what it will be like as I perhaps enter into dementia someday and even face Alzheimer's. My mother (the third one)...
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Through the looking glass...

I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. " — Lewis Carroll I am fascinated by talk generated with the recent "date" the CRC had with the RCA. True we were once one, and then there was that messy divorce- what was it over again? Many have indicated, like a recent Banner editorial, it was just a misunderstanding of where we were going and with "how we do church & culture." True, that was part of the process, later along with Christian Day Schools among other things; but now we have overcome these "petty" differences and can arrange a "renewed romance" between...
CRCNA and Synod
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Time for an alternative option for Elder delegates to Synod?

In our Classis, and I am sure this is not a unique problem, it is becoming rather difficult to get "sitting" Elders to volunteer as a delegate to Synod; and the problem is getting down right pesky! It seems every time we come around to soliciting Elders for the upcoming Synod, it is like" pulling teeth," the excuses are myriad- and often rather legitimate and honorable. In the light of the later, why not allow any individual who has been ordained as an Elder but is not serving a current term of office, to represent the Classis at Synod? Perhaps this option already exists, but is not utilized...
Church Order
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Should we still practice "mutual censure" at Classis meetings?

This perhaps is a question for Henry DeMoor, but I would assume there are others who might like to give an opinion. Prior to the Church Order revision in '65, there was an article that required "mutual censure" at Classis meetings- Art. 43: At the close of the Classical, and other major assemblies, censure shall be exercised over those, who in the meeting have done something worthy of punishment, or who have scorned the admonition of the minor assemblies. VanDellen and Monsma explain in their commentary this censure is done by the assembly and not the president or consistories as two other...
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Where can I find information about a Classis Prayer Coordinator?

Classis Yellowstone's Prayer Coordinator retired, and as Stated Clerk I am attempting to encourage another individual to take up the task. Now as I begin to reacquaint myself with the Prayer Coordinator ministry, I have be browsing the CRCNA & Home Mission's webpages for more information. Classis Renewal has been a good source in the past, but I hesitate to refer anyone to that website since it boldly proclaims- " This section of our site is being retired, and information may be dated... " Now that really is not good " marketing " for someone who is thinking or planning to get involved...
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