Mark VanAndel

About Me: 

CRC minister serving in Detroit with Hesed Community Church.

  • Good point. I love that teaching from the Catechism.

    I want to make sure that I am honoring the ninth commandment in that spirit for my brothers and sisters who have darker skin tones than...

  • My intention was to try to understand the ways in which my original comment was perceived. 

    You are correct that our definitions of words like racism and privilege are critical in...

  • Thanks for these thoughts. It is helpful in understanding your perspective and the errors you desire for the Church to avoid.

    My desire is not at all to encourage hatred or generalizations...

  • Eric, I appreciate the opportunity to digitally dialogue about this. I hear you saying that you are feeling judged by Joshua's statement "if you're white, you're probably a racist too and just don...

  • Thanks for your reflections Joshua. I also believe it is critical to acknowledge my own prejudice as well as the ways in which I benefit from participation in a racist society. Therefore, I too...

  • The struggle with "sensations of orientation" is so true for me and my friends in Detroit as well. Even when "old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new," the newness can be...