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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."

  • Sorry, but this article uses racist arguments to attack racism.  Either race is a core component or who people are or not.  Count me on the "not" side, consistently, unlike this article which...

  • I read this book a year or more ago.  Well worth the read.  Essentially, the author argues for the implementation of "classical political liberalism" (which is what "sphere sovereignty"...

  • "People aren't looking to the church for political commentary."

    A great Amen to that!  And yet, the CRC does it, as well as political lobbying, in spades.  And it has and will have the...

  • This and your prior blog article are great Lisa, as is your work.  These are indeed difficult issues with difficulty questions, but a great opportunity, even if also a great challenge, for the...

  • This is a really good post.  It is brutally honest about most short term "missions" or "serve projects."  

    I don't actively oppose such projects but would gently insist that almost all of...

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  • I quite agree with Keith.  Despite the claim that "Synod is a deliberative body," I think Synod lacks the time to be just that.  There is, in my view, just no way Synod can adequately,...

  • Tom: If these facts are so, so clear and indisputable, we certainly don't need Synod to tell reiterate the clear and indisputable facts.

    Readers can make up their own minds about whether...

  • This article claims "The Creation Stewardship Task Force Report does not take its own position on climate change science, precisely because the Task Force members collectively were not experts in...

  • No, it's not hard to "see some of the reasons for our denomination decline," but it's not just about this overture but also other overtures (over the years) that asked the CRC to venture deep into...