‘And the Glory of the Lord…”

‘And the Glory of the Lord…”

Of all the sights, sounds and smells associated with the Christmas season, none more swiftly transports me to memories of Christmases past and fills me with all the joy and majesty of the season as listening to the opening strains of Handel’s Messiah. Although the oratorio beautifully tells the full gospel message better suited to Easter, the first few notes of the overture, played during Advent, seem to set the stage for this entire grand narrative that begins with Jesus’ birth, and I feel like my soul lights up like a Christmas tree upon hearing them.

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

According to David Kinnaman, author of unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity . . . and Why it Matters, fewer than half of churchgoers, including born-again Christians, felt strongly that their church demonstrates unconditional love. Fewer than half? One would think unconditional love would be a dominant trait of a group of “Christ-followers.” This sounds like an identity crisis.

The church without walls:
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The church without walls:

On June 26, 135 cyclists will begin a nine-week journey across Canada.

“To me, this is an ideal time. This is the church without walls. If the government or anyone else were to ask, ‘What are you doing to celebrate Canada’s 150th?’ we can share what we are doing and why,” Peter Slofstra explained. “It allows us to testify to a different way of living that moves from inwardly-focused living to putting others first. It is the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) impacting a whole nation, inspiring people towards good.”