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Mark Stephenson

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After receiving an M.Div. degree, I served as pastor of two Christian Reformed churches for a total of 17 years. From 2006 through 2021, I was the Director of Disability Concerns for the Christian Reformed Church, and relish the close working relationship CRC Disability Concerns has with the Reformed Church in America Disability Concerns ministry. I have served as interim Director of the CRC's Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice since Feb 2020. My wife Bev and I have five living children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Our oldest child, Nicole, was born extremely prematurely in the late 1980’s and lives joyfully with severe, multiple impairments. That label does not define her. She loves magazines, loves interacting with people, loves roller-coasters and wild amusement park rides, and she loves to worship and to pray with God’s people. In any group, she shares her own unique gifts. 

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En la Intersección del Racismo y la Discapacidad

Mientras trabajamos por la justicia racial y el cambio sistémico, debemos mantener a los niños y adultos de color con discapacidades al frente de nuestras discusiones y acciones. El siguiente artículo adaptado analiza la interseccionalidad pasada por alto del racismo y el capacitismo. También tiene enlaces a otros recursos sugeridos.

HispanicRacial Reconciliation
  • Hi John, thanks for your question, "How can we have clear theological thinking AND deep Christ-like compassion simultaneously?" It's always an excellent question, always relevant, especially in...

  • Anthony, thanks for the clarifying questions. The apostle Paul makes a particularly scary statement in 1 Cor 6:9, which has parallels with other verses about people engaging in sexual sins not...

  • Dan, your question assumes that I and all whose names are in the introductory paragraph to this blog disagree with the CRC's current position on same sex sexual activity. Your assumption might or...

  • Justin, thanks for this excellent and humbling analysis. To your recommendations, I would add one more, "Listen intently and learn from brothers and sisters in Christ who are Black, Indigenous,...

  • Intersection Ministries, Holland Michigan.

  • Stewart, Thank you for this question. The CRC has no official position on Critical Race Theory (CRT), and the CRC's office of Race Relations does not look to CRT to guide our work. Instead, we...

  • Cassie, I'm so thankful that God gave you this song and that you have shared it with the world. Every time I listen I worship. I appreciate that you move from the quiet place with Jesus, to...

    posted on: Quiet Place
  • Friends, thanks for your kind words. I plan to close out my full-time work with the CRC around the end of 2021. I'm praying that in these last few months I'll pass the baton to current and future...

  • Ken, I have a child who was enrolled in Special Education from age 3 through age 26, and she benefited greatly from the services she received throughout those years. Through the course of all that...

  • Jodi, thanks for this. Our church had been buying presents and distributing them to families for years. After reading When Helping Hurts, we decided that it would be more just and affirming for...