• April 27, 2015

    Due to climate change, weather has become unpredictable and Kenyans are suffering greatly. Since more than 70% of Kenyans depend on agriculture, these changes in weather patterns have made it almost impossible to farm and produce like they used to. As a result, it is affecting the lives of the Kenyans.

  • April 27, 2015

    Before he was a student at Calvin Seminary, Kyle Kooyers lived in an intentional Christian community and worked as an AmeriCorpsVISTA member at a regional food bank. Kooyers not only believed in ministry in action: he lived it. And it was during this time that he met Wayne Miesel, who now directs the Center of Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary, and heads the Seminaries that Change the World initiative. The initiative is a collective of seminaries and divinity schools that support one another in strengthening and transforming theological education.

  • April 23, 2015

    In his seminal book The Prophets, Jewish theologian Abraham Heschel suggested that the Old Testament prophets saw justice as the supreme manifestation of God's presence. "God's concern for justice grows out of His compassion for man,” Heschel wrote. "The prophets do not speak of a divine relationship to an absolute principle or idea, called justice.

  • April 23, 2015

    I often don’t know what to pray for when thinking of the Middle East. How do we pray when we hear of the horrors of those who call themselves the Islamic State?  How do we pray when we hear of abductions, beheadings, bombings, and destruction? How ought we to pray? I was reflecting on those questions and recalled a plenary address given by Anne Zaki that not only called us to prayer but gave us a useful tool for doing so...

  • April 20, 2015

    We all know porn is a moral issue. It breeds lust, deception, lies, disrespect, divorce, violence, etc. But did you realize porn is a justice issue as well? The porn industry, which generates billions of dollars, is directly tied to and fuels the sex slave trade, human trafficking, and increased violence against women and children. Porn is a human rights issue. It degrades human dignity—for the consumer, their family, the porn “star”, and so many more. If we are concerned about justice through fair trade coffee and clothes, then you better believe we should do something about porn...

  • April 20, 2015

    "We jope to grow so we can give." These words capture the church vision planted by Pastor Scott Vander Ploeg of Sunlight Community Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In 2004, Pastor Scott was a recent graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary. A church in need of renewal saw the heart of someone who wanted to be a missionary in Nigeria, but for whom various circumstances had closed that door...