In 2012, Synod adopted a new category, Ecumenical Faith Documents, and placed the Belhar Confession therein. This category, and even these criteria, bring up some serious questions.
I grew up in the CRC loving to hear Bible stories and wanting to be involved in the church in any way possible. Now I attend Mid America Reformed Seminary to become a pastor. I love the people and Word of God. I believe the Word of God cannot be compromised for the words and will of men. I adhere to the 3 forms of unity as faithful testemony and summary of the doctrines of Scripture, and I believe these documents need to be taught all the more in our society.
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While taking an ecclesiology class at college, I became familiar with the "Young, Restless, Reformed" concept that seems to be taking the young people of the church by storm. This drastic paradigm shift is happening for what appears to be 2 reasons.
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There is a book out about short term mission trips, but I can see many of the same principles in regular giving. The book is titled "When Helping Hurts."
It forces us to think about what...
See Article 23 and 24, and their suppliments. The denomination makes exception for special circumstances under the title of "Ministry Assistant." Specifically look at pages 40 and 41.
In the CRC church order (Article 4) it states that:
"In calling and electing to an office, the council shall ordinarily present
to the congregation a nomination of at least twice the...
A good book on this topic is Donald Van Dyken's "Rediscovering Catechism." I had to read it for a chatechetics class this past week and I am very appreciative of the perspective he gives, and the...