Why I am a Reformed Christian
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Why I am a Reformed Christian

This editorial does not tell you how I became a Reformed Christian. To do that, I would have to give you a history of my ancestors. No, it reveals why I am a Reformed Christian. Asking “why” assumes that I have a choice in the matter. I could not have answered that question satisfactorily when I was a child. The why and the how were too closely intertwined then.

Love never fails

Love never fails

Two days ago, Alice and I drove to Grand Rapids to enjoy a farewell banquet offered by the Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). The main purpose of the event was to honour three retiring leaders: Banner Editor Robert DeMoor, World Renew U.S. Director Andy Rijskamp and CRC Executive Director Joel Boot.

From shards to artwork – teaching for transformation in Zambia
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From shards to artwork – teaching for transformation in Zambia

Karen Gerritsma does not believe in making quick decisions without knowing the consequences of her actions. She’s too smart and cautious for that. But when her friend Dora Stroobosscher invited her to come along to Zambia for two weeks last August to instruct student teachers in understanding a Christian worldview, she immediately said yes.

The antithesis and common grace dance

The antithesis and common grace dance

Something in me says that keeping the awareness of the antitheses and of common grace in healthy tension is still important today. It’s not easy to do, I realize. But whether we use other terminology or metaphors, we still face the dilemma of either avoiding worldly literature because we want to stay pure or we indulge in an overly comfortable adoption of secular values.

Christian School Foundation takes wings in 2015
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Christian School Foundation takes wings in 2015

It took two years to pull it off, but visionaries for Christian education succeeded in merging three foundations in support of Christian schools into one organization prosaically called the Christian School Foundation with a membership of 23 Christian schools in Ontario. The three that merged were the Foundation for Niagara and Hamilton area Christian Schools, the Grand River Advancement of Christian Education Foundation (GRACE), and the Central Ontario Christian Education Foundation.

Am I or am I not Charlie?

Am I or am I not Charlie?

The attack on the personnel of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris evoked a strong response from proponents of free speech in many democratic countries. Thousands of people took to the streets and held placards which stated unequivocally “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie.” In my imagination I saw myself holding such a sign. But after some reflection, I asked myself “Am I really Charlie?”