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Keith Knight

About Me: 

Executive Director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation.

Former director of communications with the CRCNA and The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Former editor of the Anglican Journal.

A 40-year history in communication and marketing.

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Ashamed of Our Christian Reformed Identity

It seems as though Christian Reformed Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions were ashamed of our identity in selecting a new name and it ignores the denomination's rich heritage.

Global Mission
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Our Deepest Fear...Rising to the Top and Staying There

We still live with the incredible notion that the local church consists of one or two leaders and dozens (if not hundreds) of followers. What is our fear of being involved in leadership?

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The Significance of the Rainbow at Synod

Undoubtedly the most disturbing photo in the Synod issue of The Banner was the chalk drawing of the rainbow outside Calvin College's Fine Arts Building where Synod was held.

CRCNA and Synod
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The Problem with Commissioning Services

Many churches hold commissioning services in September as a way to acknowledge, bless, and celebrate those in leadership roles within various church programs. What about the rest?

Faith Nurture
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Are We Too Quick to Appoint Elders?

Ministers are teaching elders, theologically trained and spiritually astute. Should we set a higher standard for the kinds of elders we appoint or elect?

Elders
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Our biggest problem: Poor preaching

I am privileged to travel across Canada to connect with Christian business leaders and with the heads of a dozen non-profits and a half dozen Christian universities. I am saddened to report that I have heard a recurring refrain throughout 2014. It comes in the form of a question and it is always asked with considerable anxiety: "Why is there such poor preaching in the CRC?" And it really hit home -- literally -- just recently when I walked into our living room to greet three of our adult children ... all of them parents of young children. Even before they said: "Hi, Dad" they asked that same...
Elders
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A gathering of two bi-national synods?

I am delighted that there will be joint sessions of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) this month in Pella, Iowa. This may sound like a recurring refrain but here we have the CRCNA (a bi-national synod) meeting with the RCA (a national synod). There are a lot of Reformed roots there and I don't want to minimize the importance of this gathering. There is, however, very little connection between the RCA and the Canadian segment of the CRCNA. RCA's Canadian counterpart -- the Reformed Church in Canada -- is a very small denomination,...
CRCNA and Synod
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Pastor, Are You Sure You're in the Right Church?

ChapterNext is an organization that works on behalf of both a church's search committee as well as individual pastors. Some might refer to Rev. Dr. Sam Hamstra as either a 'headhunter' or a 'matchmaker.'

Leadership Development
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A better way to select the officers of Synod?

Firstly, it is important to mention that I have no issue whatsoever about the quality of the officers of Synod, this year or in the past. The selection process has become a popularity contest ... in the best sense of the word. Officers are selected on the first day of synod, and if you don't know many of the pastors and elders who will be coming to the meeting of synod, it becomes a tough process. Only those who are known, or those who have a long history of attending synod meetings, are chosen. What has struck me over the years is that, during the course of the week-long debate and...
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    And I certainly don't want to minimize or attack the fine work that World Renew and World/Home Missions / Resonate is doing.

     

    Why are we hiding our...

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  • Getting church-goers to become engaged in scripture. What a novel idea.

    One might start by removing all of the Bibles from the church pews. Have folks bring their own to worship that they...

  • The problem, it seems to me, isn't The Banner's mandate. It indeed should “stimulate critical thinking about issues related to the Christian faith and the culture of which we are a part.”

    ...

  • It's confession time, and this is only a slight digression from the topic. I will come around to Roger's comment about 'Spirit-filled preachers'.

    I was asked a while ago to offer my...

  • Thanks, folks, for your varied responses and for the interesting tangents that this discussion took.
    I do understand that congregations are fickle and that a pastor can fit in wonderfully in...

  • Thank you so much, Scott, for pointing out the painstaking efforts that Seminary and its professors take in teaching, training and mentoring potential pastors.

    I am particularly impressed...

  • To clarify, I mentioned 'dozens of conversations' with folks in CRCs across Canada. No, there isn't a mass exodus of Christian Reformed members leaving the denomination.

    Granted, we have...