Len Vander Zee

About Me: 

I've been a pastor in the CRC for over 40 years, serving most recently in South Bend, Indiana, for 16 years. Six years ago I made a transition to work as editor in chief and theological editor for Faith Alive. While I sometimes miss pastoral ministry, the challenge of learning a whole new line of work at my age was scary and thrilling at the same time. I've always loved writing, and I've found the same rewards helping others express their ideas. My work at Faith Alive carries the challenge of providing individuals and churches with resources that will help them be better disciples of Jesus and be better able to understand and live their faith. If you want to see my own writing, check out Christ, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper from IVP.

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Our Three (Updated) Confessions

At its combined session of Synods last June the RCA and the CRC approved a joint new edition of the three historic Reformed confessions, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.Today, I’m pleased to announce that they are available from the Beliefs page on CRCNA.org. Here are the direct links:

CRCNA and Synod
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Intergenerational Ministry: Breaking Out of Our Silos

We segment children and youth into their own programs of education, fellowship, and even mission so everyone ends up in their own little “silos.” It seems like a good thing—reach them with their peers, teach them at their own level. Let them worship in a way they can relate to. How can that be wrong?

  • This is a very fine presentation of the dynamics and elements of belonging to Christ and his church, and I appreciate the way in which the author urges a greater sensitivity to the levels of...

  • It seems to me that since God is the center of worship, and we can't worship God without the help of God the Holy Spirit, we should begin with a prayer, often called the Invocation. 

    A good...

  • My reaction to the survey is a resounding "duh."  Since reformation churches have been experiencing the "centrality of the sermon" for centuries, it's no wonder that the people on the pew think it...