Ministry Stories

Natalie Hart

And Yet

Yet. Such a tiny word that can do such heavy lifting. The power of “yet” to change our minds —...
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Daniel Bud

Hide when tempted to show

I was a teenager when a church in my hometown decided to have an adult baptism outdoors in the river...
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Natalie Hart

The Court of Heaven vs Me

It was a typical morning in heaven. An angel choir sang at dawn. It being heaven, that was lovely, and...
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Natalie Hart

Hearing Their Story

According to this great TED talk by Andrew Stanton (of Toy Story and WALL-E fame), Mr. Rogers carried this quote...
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Jolene DeHeer

Fan or Follower

I love to read!  Few things give me as much pleasure as a good book in my hands and a...
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Daniel Bud

Show When Tempted To Hide

Penn Jillette, from the Celebrity Apprentice show, atheist illusionist and comedian in LasVegas, made the following statement: "I don't respect...
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Ron Kool

Middle East Travels (III)

Something that I found very interesting as I was preparing for my trip to Jordan, Israel and Egypt was the...
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Ron Kool

Love is Amazing

It really is. Love is amazing. God’s love is over the top. He loves us when we are unlovable. He...
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Natalie Hart

Being the Problem

Some time back, I was freelance editing this book: A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry: Overcoming 7 Challenges Pastors...
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Ron Kool

Middle East Travels (II)

I recently spent two weeks in the Middle East: Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Last time I wrote about the plane...
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Jolene DeHeer

Grace and Power

I am certain there are those of you who don’t mind waking up early.  You may even enjoy it.  I...
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Daniel Bud

Homosexuality and the Christian Reformed Church

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America was in session last week, and there was  one evening...
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Ron Kool

Middle East Travels (1)

I recently spent two weeks in Jordan, Israel and Egypt—two wonderful weeks. The trip has given me quite a bit...
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Daniel Bud

Hoping

I was hoping that you’ll ask me out. I hoped that I’ll get an invite to the prom. I hoped...
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Natalie Hart

Promises Cut Both Ways

This promise from Romans 8:28 is one of my favorites: And we know that God causes everything to work together...
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Daniel Bud

Encore: Eric Metaxas

The name of Eric Metaxas needs no further introduction, and Calvin College was privileged to have him as one of...
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Natalie Hart

Humbling: My Inner Pharisee

Ten years ago, the church women’s group I went to studied a book called 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee...
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Jolene DeHeer

More Than These, Peter

What character of the Bible do you identify with the most?  For me it is Peter.  I have been told...
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Daniel Bud

Pentecost

Sunday, May 19, we celebrated Pentecost in our Western churches. Why do we call it Pentecost? Well, it seems that...
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Daniel Bud

Mourn with those who mourn

Recently, Hillside Church had the opportunity to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). God opened for us the opportunity...
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Daniel Bud

Water damage

Our classis meeting on May 16, 2013, Classis Grand Rapids South was called to announce a request for financial assistance...
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