John Vandonk

  • Cool use of the Jonah story. But what of those among us who more readily identify with Hosea than with Jonah? When God calls us into peculiar life circumstances to make a point? When it is not so...

    posted on: Preaching in Public
  • I plan to walk the Camino de Santiago in September. Does that count?

     

    https://m.facebook.com/BuenCamino2016/

  • It seems to me that no matter how thoroughly the DOD committee reviews the historical records, or how "balanced" it presents its results, or how pure its motives are towards some form of...

  • ....or the visitors could listen to the pain felt by all parties involved, and encourage dialogue and mutual understanding,  which may, in the end, bear witness to the hope that is within us,  ...

  • It is not likely that the departing pastor woke up one day, and said to himself: "I think I'll start a new church down the street". If we want to be proactive about this problem, perhaps we have...

  • Thanks Paul, for this important reminder.

    In the same spirit, I wonder if our churches, and synod, would be well served if, prior to any discussion about potentially divisive subjects, we...

  • I suspect that the same question could be raised in any assembly of our denomination,  from consistories to synod. Consistories can become so staff focused so as to lose sight of the membership,  ...

  • Discerning post. Thank you for sending that email. I am sure it led to considerable discussion at your students' dinner table that evening. 

    With my own children already grown and on their...

  • Peter, 

    There is so much joy and gratitude in your report, and I appreciate the spirit with which you wrote it. 

    It is therefore with great reluctance that I further inquire into...

  • Upon re-reading the question I would like to add the following:

     

    And a man went up to New York from McBain and upon arriving in that great city he entered into a famous 5 star...