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Doug Vande Griend

About Me: 

Grew up in NW Iowa.  Graduated from Dordt College in 1976, majoring in philosophy and history.  Graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1979, and have been in private practice since. (Also a programmer and started software company for attorneys).

Went to Synod in 1992, on committee tasked with overtures re ratifying or not ratifying removal of word "male" as qualification for ordination.  Pretty much disagreed with everyone on the committee as to what was most important.  Hate needless division in the church.  First delegate to synod with a computer on the floor (1992, red gas plasma screen Toshiba--a bit noisy--, with hypertext versions of all creeds and confessions, the Bible and all overtures assigned to committee).

Have been significantly involved over the years with Christian Legal Society, Alliance Defense Fund, Western Center for Law & Religious Freedom, Oregon Right to Life, Dordt College (as Trustee), local Christian high school (as Trustee, baseball coach, other), local church, local Little League and American Legion baseball, Salem downtown association, neighborhood association.  Current volunteer caretaker for neighborhood park (and so owner of a really nice Kubota Tractor and various implements).  Live on the Hispanic, less affluent, side of town--by choice.

Have been exposed to a goodly number of other Christian traditions and believe the CRC has incredible strengths but also great weaknesses.

Four sons, youngest now in college, and so these days fill the house with three international students (Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese) from the local Christian high school.

Life's academic emphasis: political/social philosophy.  Kuyper/Dooyeweerd fan, but also John Locke (recognized sphere soveriegnty before Kuyper was born; core thought resulting in US political liberty).  Own hard bound copy of New Critique of Theoretical thought.

Big fan of Micah 6:8, but perturbed about "doing justice" and "loving mercy" being reduced by many to "doing and claiming justice."

Interests: 

See my "About me."

  • I highly recommend attending this to anyone who can. :-)

  • To add to my above, Lloyd, I would suggest that the CRA and Canadian lawyers, as you describe their view, are pretty close to if not spot on as to what "ecclesiastical" actually means, and did...

  • Thanks for replying Lloyd, even if the reply isn't helpful toward understanding the distinctions intended by the SALT authors use of the word as the report proposes rather large changes in the "...

  • Thanks Lloyd.  I've now read the SALT report and as a result would have quite a number of questions (and comments), but for now I'll offer three comments and ask one question:

    COMMENT: It...

  • I would appreciate Mr. Vanderkwaak's reply to what Ms. Vandergrift has indicated in her posted comment.  I confess to having not "kept up" with "matters CRCNA Canadian," but if what Ms....

  • I simply don't believe it true that "all Christians experience radicalized contempt toward others."  It's not helpful toward any constructive end to make such hyperbolic claims.

    (Nor, BTW,...

  • It would seem that the author of this article and I have a pretty significant disagreement about the value and even the definition of Critical Race Theory, one branch of Critical Theory (e.g.,...

  • Thanks much for the book review and commentary John.  Much needed.

    Responding to your question, "Is the CRCNA providing a wide range of reading materials on this subject [of Critical Race...

  • The panelists are quite correct in suggesting people need to "educate themselves."  Toward that end, I've read Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" (mentioned in this podcast), Ibram X. Kendi's "How...

  • Recommending Robin Diangelo to CRC youth groups?  I think that is an extremely poor recommendation, and yes I have read White Fragility so I am not unaware of what she thinks, writes and advocates...