Ken Van De Griend

About Me: 

I'm a part-time (retired) pastor of Congregational Care at First CRC of Byron Center.  I also serve (full-time) with Leadership Resources International (LRI) as their Regional Director for SE Asia.  LRI exists to train pastors and church leaders to teach and preach the Word of God with the Heart of God.  Expository Preaching is my passion for the church in SE Asia and here in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Interests: 

Hunting Fishing Golf

Reading books on Biblical Theology and the Evangelical Church.

  • For me the sermon title is the handle by which the congregation can "carry" home the basic thrust of the message.  When I study a text I seek to find the context first, and then I seek to divide...

  • Well put!  I have felt the same for many years!  And yet, my wife and I had a traditional Saturday afternoon wedding, and so did my three children.  Why is it so hard to break that tradition?

    posted on: A New Way to Marry
  • That's an excellent account of outreach and compassion done in a natural manner!  Thanks for sharing it.  It's very encouraging!

    Ken Van De Griend

  • Thanks Larry!  Your words and example may well be used by the Lord to set other pastors free from this debilitating and dangerous disease!  Ken Van De Griend

  • I think you're right on George, but another reason Peterson might have said that is that smaller churches do not allow a new believer to disappear into the woodwork.  The smaller church needs its...

  • Interesting comparison!  I don't have cable, so I don't know the story of Downton Abbey.  What I'm left wondering, however, at the end of your comparison is: What new means of fundraising do we...

  • I'm pleased to hear of the "Justice and Excellence in Short Term Missions Think Tank."  I think its high time we consider seriously what we are trying to accomplish with short term missions.  ...

  • I agree with Brother Blacketer's comments.  This type of list does little to help--except maybe for one thing: By saying that the "CRC does not have it all together" is merely stating the obvious...

  • Thanks Hans.  I quite agree!  There's one other major reason for the decline that (like the elephant in the room) no one is talking about.  It's the issue of women in office.  Those of us who are...

  • Your interest in getting this kind of feedback is very encouraging to me.  I want to suggest that Calvin Seminary continue the focus on Expository Preaching that was begun by Neal Plantinga during...