Ronald VanAuken

About Me: 

at last count 51 years married, 7 childre (3 sdopted) 13 grandchildren, ordained R.C.A. also servd within the P.C.C. and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. Currently Elder at Hebron C.C.C.

Interests: 

Christian Spirituality, Judaism and the Christian fairh

  • I would suggest that the place to start would be to sketch out what is required of elders by our Church Order—assuming that we are concerned about Church Order, and then what is wanted or expected...

  • Two comments.

    I joined the CRC 5 years ago and was immediately elected Elder, a position which, despite having been a minister/pastor (Reformed Church, Presbyterian Church, Anglican Church...

  • I find discussions like these interesting as, for me, it brings our Church Order up against scripture.

    What I mean by that is that scripture and even apostolic tradition, provides no real...

  • The question caught my attention and I both laughed and was captivated by it. Why? Well, in Jesus discourse on prayer he taught that we pray for daily bread, not weekly, or monthly, or yearly.  Of...

  • Church names are interesting in and of themselves. Often denominations will have historic preferences. They may be named after the community, after  saint or historical figure important to the...

  • Well, having been in ministry for  49 years now and served within the Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, and now just having stepped down as Elder...

  • The topic is a fascinating one and our theology around it presumes a great deal. 

    Assuming we truly wish to be scriptural, we would need to ask the origin of what we do. There is no...

  • How do we wish to see the church? o we wish to see it primarily as a building and a highly organized structure, or do we wish to see is as an assembly of believers, which the biblical word we...

  • One can be first through the wall and then, turn around and find they are the only one through the wall.

     

    We are mistaken if we believe that all change is desirable and/or good. We...

  • There is an interesting take on the 12 spies. As we know, two Joshua and Caleb, were ready to forge ahead while the other 10 spun the story of giants and recommended not crossing over. IKt is...