Doug Vande Griend
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."
See my "About me."
Well, I'll certainly not defend Trump's blue collar potty mouth vulgarity, but then I'll not defend it from others either even though I tolerate it. I had cabinets installed this past Saturday by...
Dave: You should really pay a few dollars and sit down with an attorney whose practice includes working with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Your prospective scenario is full of...posted on: Starting a Ministry...Advice Needed
I loaded the app and have been playing with it for a few days now. I think it is a good app. Of course, I can't access my local church resources just because this is in "beta", and least in...
Thanks much for that Ken. Very helpful. We'll patiently wait. :-)
OK, thanks Darren. I think you are suggesting that the directory is simply populated by end users and that there is no central database repository of directory information??
Bryan. Sounds good but like you, I'm skeptical of "new apps for the church" too. The last CRCNA app, the Banner app, doesn't show comments or allow for commenting. Thus, anyone who accesses the...
Thanks for this article Syd. Amen!posted on: I’m Reformed—Who Cares?
I can't help you on the church's position, but I would suggest a legal caution. Depending on your state, a raffle may constitute gambling, which may be disallowed or require a permit (again,...posted on: Church Position on Fundraising/Raffles?
We do a Harvest Carnival on the Saturday evening before Halloween. It's inside the fellowship hall with all sorts of games, face painting, cake walks, and other kid oriented stuff. Costumes...posted on: What Does Your Church Do With Halloween?
I've noticed Think Christian's recent shift to almost exclusively cover only pop media (e.g., popular singers, rappers, movies, videogames, etc), as if pop media equals the world.
I for one...