In Samuel's 'State of the Union' address, he asked: "Whose ox have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed?" The answer, from all of Israel, was an affirmation of Samuel's integrity.
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.
The church does a great job embracing the poor, the downtrodden, refugees, the homeless. But we haven't quite figured out how to minister to those who are wealthy.
What is your focus when you prepare and preach your sermon?
The Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee provides an opportunity for churches and individuals to become involved in grassroots, hands-on, relationship-building between CRC members and local aboriginal communities.
To whom are you accountable for your spiritual and moral life...besides God? The once-a-year elder visit (if it still exists) provides a superficial check list at best. Small groups, done properly, provide a setting for both spiritual growth and moral accountability.
Christian leaders need to live lives of integrity if they expect others to trust and follow them, whether that’s in church, in politics, or in business.
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.
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?
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.
At what point should the church speak out when political parties advocate notions that are clearly unbiblical?
I am not a pastor but I hang out with a lot of them. I've served as stated clerk of classis for six years, and I occasionally speak at ecumenical ministerial gatherings.
A pastor who is '...posted on: Let’s Be Well
There are at least two kinds of responses to this question:
1. How does the church respond to those within the church who have lost their jobs?
In some cases, they will require only...posted on: When Members Face Employment Uncertainty
That's great news, John.
I think that the key is mobilize pew-sitters to become activists within their communities. I would hate to see churches create yet one more formal program of...
Let's talk about Real Estate and the tremendous cost of building and maintaining a church building.
eg A medium sized CRC is undergoing a $4.6 million renovation.
Is that simply 'the...
The Canadian Ministry gatherings are always great events. That's where I fell in love. With the Church, I mean. It is as much a social event as it is a spiritual event...
My hunch is that treasurers aren't typically on staff because church staff tend to focus on 'ministry', the exception invariably being the custodian.
Though the treasurer's work is very...posted on: Why Are Church Treasurers Not on Staff?
Gay marriage is NOT consistent with what scripture says about marriage.
God doesn't want us to be happy; He wants us to be obedient.
When we are burdened by our circumstance --...
And while the discussion continues, I am thinking of a few gay men who I know who have read the scriptures and who have decided that to practice homosexuality is sin, that they need to live holy...
Do not use Scripture to convince your fellow CRC members of the beauty of full inclusion. That single piece of advise will either 'make' or 'break' the CRC.
If the CRC returns to, or...
There are two other areas that apply equally to young adults and to all of us.
1. Pornography. Today's culture is saturated with pornography. I can't imagine a fall session of young adults...posted on: October is the New September