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Epiclesis and Loving Communion 2

During Lent a few years ago, our congregation began celebrating the Lord’s Supper weekly. At last, more than twenty years into our church plant-turned mission-oriented congregation, we became truly Reformed and truly ecumenical, honoring the best wisdom and practice of the global church.  We love the sacrament more and more.  […]


Acts: Inspiring or Discouraging? 1

This summer we’ve been working our way through the Book of Acts as part of our sermon series. We have heard and reflected on this first group of Christians. We have read about healings and miracles and God at work in so many ways. Acts is inspiring and encouraging and […]


Peppermints, Mentos and Communion with Children 1

Last week some church planters were gathered together in the hospitality house of a New York monastery.  The conversation, like the people gathered, was lively and stimulating.  Most participants arrived knowing each other only tangentially.  We were only beginning to get acquainted.   Even so, joyful banter and word play bounced […]


Framing Epiphany

Our calendars fill with special days. We circle them on our datebook or diary. We set annual reminders on our cell phones. We want to remember birthdays and anniversaries. We love to celebrate New Year’s and Valentine’s, Martin Luther King Jr. and Canada Day, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. Or […]


Reflections on Israel 4

Granite Springs Family, It has been a few months since I moved from Northern California and settled into a new city and a new job in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  My work as a Pastor of Community and Discipleship at Alger Park Christian Reformed Church has been a real blessing and […]


You Will Find a Home Here 1

A refuge is defined as a place where you are sheltered from trouble. A safe place. We all know what it is like to long for this type of protection and in our yearning, we seek illusions of refuge in things that we can control; the next Neftlix episode, the […]


Learning the Rhythms of Grace 1

You might be familiar with the idea of a teaching hospital. Maybe you know someone who has done medical training at one or maybe you have first hand experience as a medical professional yourself. Maybe you have watched one of many medical dramas that take advantage of the energy, excitement […]