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.

Interests: 

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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What Causes Friction Between Combustibles?

I will state it directly: We do not have enough emotional or relational maturity in our congregations and in our leadership. Irritations rub and rub until there is smoke and eventually full heated conflict.

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Grating Expectations

Note: this is a fuller explanation of a bullet point in another blog post, which you can read here . Grating or Cross-wired Expectations summary explanation In the ash-heap, there is very very often evidence indicating a problem with expectations. Most often, unstated expectations were unmet. In others, the priority of importance of expectations was misunderstood. Also, evidence exists that expectations may have been brought in by a pastor that were not existent in the congregation. Any of these conditions may have created a short-circuit, starting the smoldering. Un-Stated (Assumed)...
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Found in the Ashes

Fire alarms in homes detect indicators of a pending problem and sound a warning. Could we develop something equivalent for churches? What would such a detector sniff for?

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Difficult Pastor-Church Partings and Fire Alarms

"Hard" or "conflicted" partings of ways between pastors and congregations are steeply on the rise. So my question is, are there measurable pre-indicators of a potential "fire" in a congregation?

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Expressed Values Lacking Integrity with Lived Values

I realized this was a challenge for churches when I saw the large role expectations played in the relationship between pastors and churches, particularly when stated expectations were not met, but even more so when unstated expectations were not.

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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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Stopped and Stranded at the Border

Being blocked on the way to living out a plan you are excited about and are convinced God is part of can knock one's spiritual equilibrium for a good spin.

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R-1 (US non-immigrant Religious Worker) Visa Delay for Canadians.

I'm a Canadian CRC pastor transitioning into becoming a Specialized Transitional Minister (STM) who has accepted an invitation to cross the border to serve a church in Iowa. The crossing-the-border part of that has not gone well, so I am currently in limbo, having been refused entry to the US as a Canadian because my R-1 Visa was not complete at the time I tried to cross. This left me homeless and unemployed for, at the time of writing, almost 2 months already. Anyone planning to make a similar crossing will benefit from knowing the difficulty and delays the church and I have encountered...
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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...

  • Thanks Jeff. Those resources are added to my togettoread list.