Growing Churches in Changing Times

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Today’s blog post was written by Rev. Tom Grabill. Tom recently had the opportunity to attend the Navigating Change Together conference hosted by the Regional Synod of Canada. Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory” led sessions on the topic of Adaptive Leadership – how to guide our communities with vision and hope through … Read More

Reflections on Ridder

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    Today’s blog post was written by Rev. Steven DeVries who serves a lead minister at North Holland Reformed. If you’d like more information about Ridder, please contact Rev. Andy Bossardet, RCA Coordinator for Equipping Thriving Congregations ( or 616-541-0906) )   4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first … Read More

Question (to me): What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Answer (from Me): It’s complicated.

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I’ve always liked the option in “Relationship Status” on Facebook that says, “it’s complicated.” I thought more people should use it…because it seems the most honest assessment of many romantic relationships. Then, well, then there was the last 6-8 weeks in Alaska. Our son, Marcus, has always kept life interesting. A few years ago, he moved to Alaska where life … Read More

Why Art?

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In a world that keeps spinning toward black and white, art puts us in touch with pastels. Last Friday evening, my wife and I spent time at ArtPrize9. At one stop, there was a beautiful table made out of a piece of ash wood. The top of the table was filled by the artist with a mural of color and … Read More


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Lorna died this past week. Lorna was the 80+ year old mother of wonderful children who are friends of ours. Lorna served alongside her husband who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Lorna was an African-American woman who grew up and lived in the southern United States most of her life. Today, her family will gather to celebrate … Read More