Pete VanderBeek

About Me: 

VanderBeek, translated in to English, means "from the Brook" so it fit my last name that I was born in Brooks Alberta.


Pictures that show the seemingly ordinary in new light, and pictures of nature, both the seeing of them and the shooting of them.


How culture changes, how technology is changing us.


The power of narrative, of story.


Asking provocative questions and hearing good answers to them.


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Defining 'preaching of the Word'?

Lately, doing some appreciative inquiry interviews in the congregation I'm serving, when it came to the question of what makes worship valuable and what is important in it, I heard people instintictively and happily respond with the Reformed shibboleth-cliché answer "of course, the Preaching of the Word is very important." I encountered this years ago at a Classis round table in Canada as well. When I appreciatively inquire about how they know when the preaching of the Word has happened, I very often get a look of deer caught in the headlights, or an answer like "Well, I know it when I hear...
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  • Further note: I plan to take any comments and combine them with my own thoughts and post a compilation in about a month.

  • Testing 1, 2, 3 Hi Mom!

  • Three Preachsketeers.


  • Thanks for this Keith. Such a revealing of yourself and God's work on you helps me understand and relate to what you are saying better. In my view you are closer here to naming the real core...

  • Keith, there was something else niggling at me from what you wrote, and I think I have some clarity on it now. To fully understand my abbreviated describing of it, it will help if you know a bit...

  • Keith, I hear both your frustration and your agonized concern, though the frustration came through kinda loud and made your concern not so evident at first.

    I have thought or keyboarded...

  • Serve it up: Maybe, probably not. Presentation matters and is a skill/craft/gift of it's own.

    Deliver the Recipe: No, definitely not.

    Share the Recipe: No.

    The Word is not a...

    posted on: Gracious Residue
  • "Could you cook all the meals that have nourished you in your life?" I asked, somewhat defensively, as a rookie preacher, when a man said in a group of people that he had heard enough sermons in...

    posted on: Gracious Residue
  • This article has revealed to me that I have simply carried on accepted or passed-on understanding of Censura Morum rather than paying attention to the original intent of the Church Order. I...