Temperatures in the Midwest cooled during the last week and especially the last couple of days. After the hottest July on record since the dust bowl days of 1936, the cooler and crisper weather has been a huge relief and definite blessing. We've also been blessed with a little rain. It's too little, too late … Continue reading Drought relief
Synod Nyack 2012 of the United Reformed Churches of North America is now history, but there will be more posts and pictures. Check back soon! Thanks for reading! PS - The available copies of my book Little One Lost: Living with Early Infant Loss sold out. More copies will be printed soon and will be … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012 – More to come
The URCNA has suffered from a lack of coordinated efforts in missions and church planting efforts and Synod London 2010 set up a study committee to research and make recommendations regarding a permanent missions committee and coordinator options. The study committee’s report recommended the establishment of a permanent committee, representing all classes, and a full-time … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012-10: Missions
When Classis Michigan of the URCNA met on March 13, 2012, at Grace United Reformed Church in Alto, MI, several appeals took most of delegates’ time. Classis Michigan is struggling with many weighty issues related to good order in the churches, several of which have resulted in appeals. Although some of these matters were handled in … Continue reading URCNA Classis Michigan: Weighty appeals, one overture
Rev. Travis Grassmid, formerly Pastor of Congregational Life at Bethel United Reformed Church in Jenison, MI, has been installed as the Minister of Word and Sacraments at Zion Reformed Church (RCUS) in Menno, SD. After he sustained a classical exam, conducted by Classis South Central of the RCUS, Rev. Grassmid and his family moved to … Continue reading Former URC minister installed in RCUS
Only four days left until the annual NaNoWriMo madness! This undeniable fact was brought home to me today by an email from NaNoWriMo Program Director, Lindsey Grant, who gives this realistic glimpse of the upcoming month: Greetings, writer! Whether this is your first, fifth, or thirteenth NaNoWriMo, it's always helpful to have a guide to … Continue reading NaNoWriMo countdown: 5, 4…
We've all had times in our lives when we feel we're hanging on by our emotional fingernails. We do the necessary minimum to keep ourselves and our families alive. We meet deadlines and keep engagements, but we don't enjoy life. We're in survival mode. We feel overwhelmed and pray with Moses: Make us glad for … Continue reading Surviving or Thriving?
The following article by Glenda Mathes appeared on page 10 of the June 29, 2011 issue of Christian Renewal. Immanuel’s Reformed Church in Salem, OR, is supervising a new Bible study effort with the hope of eventually planting a church in the Sandy, OR, area. Rev. David Thommen, who leads the Bible study, successfully sustained … Continue reading Immanuel’s URC begins new Bible study and sees church plant growth
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working" (James 5:16, ESV).
Carey Wallace, author of The Blind Contessa's New Machine, writes this excellent article "On Discipline" over at the Cardus website. Her advice rings true. It is when I am most disciplined that I am also most creative.