• May 22, 2015

    It’s a common mistake to think branding is done when your logo is created.  It happens all the time in churches and plenty of other organizations.  But stopping there is an oversimplification of what branding truly is. Yes, a logo is an element of branding, but your brand expands beyond it and is the total experience people have as they get to know your church. They’re forming opinions with every interaction big or small. So when you don’t look beyond the logo, here are some of the pitfalls that could happen...

  • May 22, 2015

    Every parent fears the moment when your young adult child drops a bomb on you. They have made a life choice completely contrary to the standards you have set before them. On top of this blow, they seem to flaunt their decision at every opportunity. You feel hurt and betrayed, and maybe even a little foolish. How would Christ want for you to respond? For whatever reason, it seems common that our children test our reactions to situations. Will we lose our cool? Turn our backs on them?

  • May 22, 2015

    Many frustrated mathematicians can point to the exact time their math “fell of the rails” and became confusing, even dead to them. They got mathematically lost. And never got found again. The same is true for the life of faith. Many folks are introduced to faith at an early age. They go to Sunday school or camp with a friend. They hear a TV prayer and get intrigued. Maybe they attend Christian day school or worship services or youth groups regularly.  They start the life of faith, but at some point “fall off rails.”... 

  • May 19, 2015

    I will be attending the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church this summer. I am looking forward to this event and I hope I will learn a lot about the CRC. If you’re a theological geek like me, you may have read through the agenda for the Synod. It seems there are not many particularly divisive issues being brought up this year, except one that deals with the Christians Reformed Church’s ecumenical relations with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.

  • May 19, 2015

    When things fall apart, as they have in Mad Max: Fury Road, it can be telling to watch how society rebuilds itself. In fact, at least in the movies, few things so starkly reveal the fallen nature of humanity and its structures than a dose of genre apocalypse. A resuscitation of the Mel Gibson franchise of the 1980s, Fury Road takes place in a post-apocalyptic desert where gasoline and water are in excruciatingly short supply. What’s left is a landscape of barren roads, on which it’s either kill or be killed.

  • May 19, 2015

    he family that worships together grows together. Family spiritual practice bonds both couples and families, whether that's community worship at church or family worship around our tables. Worship draws us into deeper fellowship with one another and strengthens our relationship with God. Psalm 119:72 remarks, "The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces." We want our families to cherish God's word and prioritize time spent in worship. Become more than just a family that shares the same roof--strive to be a family that shares each other’s hearts.