Bert Witvoet interviews Rev. Darren C. Roorda, the newly appointed Canadian Ministries Director for the CRC. Read about his desire for churches to “imagine wholehearted ministry practices to their communities.”
To put it briefly, those who serve the Church – specifically those who serve at denominational headquarters – seem to be demanding a voice. In order to do something about it, the denomination has assembled three task forces to study different angles of the same issue: the culture of the CRCNA.
Rick van Manen looks at the question ‘Why do kids get cancer?’.
Smith offered this assessment: “The narrator finds inner courage and self-worth in her work as an aide in a group home. The parallelism of visible and invisible disabilities effectively broadens the theme. The imagery of the story is subtle and effective, the car and the piano, for example, serving as tender portraits of the narrator herself.”
Benjamin Groenewold Van Dyk’s story, “Night Sailing,” won high praise from the judges and a well-deserved Honourable Mention. Witvoet explained, “The author has a wonderful way of building up the plot of the story, from puzzlement to awareness of why a shocking event can turn into a future of liberation, not sorrow. The source of the characters’ suffering is subtly hinted at. The author has a poetic way of describing the environment and dares to juxtapose memories and current reality.”
The great predicament of Israel and the Middle East is so deeply rooted in the historical problems. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, there was no cohesion about how these groups would relate to one another. The UN’s approval of the state of Israel created the potential for nationalism among the Palestinians, but the Arab States never agreed how to support a place called Palestine.
Why should we, as Canadians, care about Christian academics in the Czech Republic? Or, to put it differently, how might we encourage a tiny handful of evangelical Christian leaders trying to make headway in one of the most secularized countries of modern Europe?
Where at first there was unbelief and bewilderment, anger and a demand for justice has taken its place.
I’m reminded of the passage in Matthew 25 about the sheep and the goats. What should our response be to the health care needs of refugees in our country?
Even now, 29 years after my first visit to the island, many people shake their heads in disbelief and say, “I didn’t know churches existed in Cuba. Weren’t they were stamped out after Fidel Castro’s revolution?”
For nearly a month, from the middle of June to mid-July, most of the world took time off from life’s usual challenges and enjoyed the best of the “beautiful game” as the World Cup unfolded in Brazil.
Reflection, debate and curiosity have always surrounded miracles. By definition, miracles are mysterious. They resist air-tight definition.