In the relatively new push by the CRCNA to become a part of a much bigger organization (first WARC and REC, which folded into WCRC), I for one have a number of questions to which I lack answers.
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."
Indeed, as you say, Fred, "This reality is yet to be tested in many spheres and perhaps the TWU case was the first of many. " I suspect that is a concern of many. It would be my concern, both...
For anyone interested, there's an insightful (as usual for Cardus) Cardus YouTube video relating to this discussion.
Thank you for the response Frederic.
I don't think I'm as unable to understand the Canadian issues as you might suppose. I've done a lot of public interest work in the area of the US...
I have been a practicing attorney in Oregon for nearly 40 years now and count a number of gay persons, practicing and not just in orientation, as my past and present clients. I have, and have had...
Yep, pretty silly (and unwise) of Franklin Graham to not resist the urge to use his pulpit to pitch his political views.
And so why does the CRCNA do the same (even if with an alternate...
Well certainly anyone does well to not make Fox News their only source of information, but the same thing could be said about any single source of information. American society and American media...
Larry: I think Franklin is very unwise in his decision to become so political. He father was much less, and yet he regretting the extent to which he had become political.
First, Aaron, thanks for publishing this communication. It is a far better process that sending a response confidentially to the Advisory Committee, as was done by the COD forwarding staff...posted on: Communication to Synod - Let's Discuss
Nick. As to Calvin's political thought, check out Matt Tuininga's recently published book, "Calvin's Political Theology and the Public Engagement of the Church: Christ's Two Kingdoms."
I...posted on: Social Justice Overtures #12; #13; #14
It seems to me, Nick, that your approach conflates what Christians and the church should do with what government should do. I'm not saying that government should not do justice (that's it's main...posted on: Social Justice Overtures #12; #13; #14