Ironically, the week that COVID-19 shut the door to in-person classes at Calvin University, our capstone computer science course was scheduled to discuss the importance of embodied community. One of the points that we were scheduled to explore is how electronic communications should not be preferable to embodied community. However, as we have seen with COVID-19, when that is not possible, digital communications are a blessing. Our current situation brought an unexpected “experiential learning” opportunity to engage this topic.
One day many years ago, I was sitting in my living room with some friends. It was Sunday afternoon and we had just gotten back from church. We were drinking strong, black coffee in cups with little windmills on them and eating Dutch pastry – gebakjes – when the subject turned to immigration.
“I don’t mind all these immigrants coming here,” my friend said, balancing her gebakje on her knee. “I just wish they’d give up their culture and become more Canadian.”
In a remote corner of my college office sits two full shelves of ‘tacky religious merchandise.’ Surprisingly, I have not purchased a single item of the collection ranging from the rubber ducky nativity set to the John Calvin bobble head doll. Instead, I simply curate the odd assortment of items that friends and fellow faculty members bring back from their treks around the world. Instead of gold, frankincense or myrrh, these wise men and women present their gifts to me andwait to see whether they will be deemed trick, treat or just plain tacky.
America and Canada are headed in radically different directions. Perhaps it’s time the CRC in each country did, too.
When Christian Courier asked the question prior to his talk, “What area(s) of the church need ‘reforming’ today?” Ryrie’s response was “fear and politics.”
Two long-gnawing questions about Christian Reformed worship converged October 29 at Mountainview CRC in Grimsby, Ontario. On that day the congregation commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
From the beginning, Trump’s claims to truth have been over the top. He claims to have one of the highest IQs, he says he has the best words, had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, knows everything there is to know about health care – all claims that are totally, completely pants-on-fire false. They are lies. Period.
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Pretty much everything in any church service is directed toward the worship of the triune God, but in Salzburg Cathedral it was so obvious. The building and the music represent the very best of human achievement, and none of it was for me. That I can see, hear and enjoy them is pure grace.
As one of the keynote participants in The King’s University’s annual fall Interdisciplinary Studies Conference last month, Dr. Richard Mouw gave a public address, “Reformations Keep Happening: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities,” (reviewed in the October 9 issue of Christian Courier). I sat down with Mouw after this lecture for an interview. Following is an abbreviated record of our conversation.
Where does the time go? Can it really be 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg? I will not say that it seems like only yesterday, but I will observe that it is an event worth celebrating and lamenting.
It should give us great hope to see that the Word of God is still going out from Jerusalem to Judea, and Samaria, and Europe, and North America, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). It’s accomplishing the purpose for which He sent it in AD 33, 1000, 1517 and today.