Eric Van Dyken

  • Stories are powerful.  We all relate to stories, because we all have a story.  Stories can indeed be useful, but they are only useful insofar as they are illustrative of and normed by what we...

  • I'll take this opportunity to put in a plug for Crossroads.  They are currently making a push for more mentors.  This is a very worthwhile ministry and tangible way to put into practice what we...

  • Hi Staci,

    First CRC of Prinsburg, MN is holding such a gathering.  Our bulletin announcement reads as follows: 

    "A Reformation Celebration will again be held in our church the...

  • Hi Roger.  I think you made the initial error of assuming that Kelly was the name of a woman and that the picture attached to the account was intended to illustrate Kelly as the female in the...

  • Dan,

    Did you mean "ecclesiastical" instead of "ecumenical"?

  • Hello Nick,

    A few remaining comments and then I'll duck out of this conversation:

    1.  The EU is arguably no more successful than NATO, and is in no way mandated or even logically...

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    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your response.  I should clarify quickly before going any further that I am using the term “nation-state” in the broad sense of the term, as follows: “a nation-...

  • "In contrast, today most messages from the pulpit are designed to take us away from this life."

    Wow, Nick, that's quite a sweeping accusation.  I bet there are quite a few ministers of the...

  • Nick,

    1.  You have said things about overtures 13 & 14 that are not true.  You would do well to acknowledge that.  These overtures would in no way stop the church from speaking clearly...

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    “But, the overtures go too far; they draw the lines too rigid. By these overtures the denomination should not have spoken against, or taken action to oppose: slavery, racism, Nazism,...