Reconciliation: Our Freely Given Gift In Christ

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity many Calvin Seminary students have experienced. That was to participate in Professor Mary Vandenberg’s Systematic Theology II class period on the limits of forgiveness. This discussion revolved around forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, and justice. Reflecting on the class, I found myself confronted with shifting notions … ∞

The Work of a Pastor

Pastoral work is the responsibility of every believer. We have been given this great mandate to preach the good news to the whole world Matt. 28:19. We are said to be the light of the world, and called to let it shine so that people may see and glorify our … ∞

What I know so far…

Life has given me many moments to reflect on what is important to me. I have spent a lot of time in the hospital in recent years with little else to do but reflect. This has led me down some interesting paths. So come with me on a journey of … ∞

Adoption

Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family. (Child Welfare Information Gateway; www.childwelfare.gov) This is what happens to us … ∞

Favorite Chair

When the Holy Spirt comes for a visit to your house, do you offer your best chair? Do you sit in the chair that rocks a little and sits uncomfortably near the bathroom? A meditation of mine lately has been on the journey of Mary to find a place to … ∞

Contemplative Prayer 101

Greetings to you, readers of the Kerux! I find myself at the tail end of the intensive week for distance students, so I will admit that my brain is a little bit frazzled as I write this. However, it is my hope that today’s post will be helpful, informative, and/or … ∞

Seek First The Kingdom

Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I always read this text and get out of it with this understanding that; “If I should devote myself to kingdom business with effort to attend righteousness, I will … ∞

The Modern-Day Leper

The story of the leper cleansed by Jesus is one that I can identify with all too well. Have you ever felt like you could identify with the leper in this story? Or maybe you feel like you can identify with Jesus himself. Sometimes I feel like I can identify … ∞

At Peace With The Past

*Greetings and salutations, readers of the Kerux! This blog post does mention eating disorders, so if that is at all triggering to you, it may be wise not to read it. Do what’s best for your well-being. 🙂 If you’ve met me in person, then you might know that I … ∞

Dirty Footstool

Oh Feet, lovely feet My Father’s feet rest on upon the earth, a dirty footstool. He made me just like Him, for my feet also rest on upon the dirt. Everything on earth is underfoot. Oh feet, beautiful feet, capable of crushing others. Created to go, to bring good news, … ∞

Bodies of Divinity

My children made sled runs last week. They hauled piles of snow onto the edge of the deck and packed everything down–that initial drop is important–then they start to sled. At first they only make it a few feet. The incline of our yard is gentle (to the relief of … ∞