Tears and Joy


At the Synod of 2010, I was interviewed and affirmed as the 7th President of Calvin Theological Seminary.  That Synod was held at Trinity Christian College which is about a half-hour drive from the church where I was the founding pastor – New Life Church in New Lenox, Illinois. At the morning session of Synod after I was affirmed as President-Elect, the children of New … [Read more...]

Leadership in Ministry Course – Listening to the Church


  I have the privilege of not only being President of Calvin Theological Seminary, but also being given the post of Professor of Church Planting and Leadership.  For the last few years, I have shared a week with entering students in our Gateway class with Center for Excellence in Preaching Director, Scott Hoezee, as we discussed the preparation and presentation of … [Read more...]

Commencement 2013 Photos

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It’s Not Just a Car


The year was 1970.  My dad and mom went car shopping and came home with an Oldsmobile Delta 88.  It was a big boat of a car.  Eventually that car was gifted to me as a college sophomore and was the car that Jackie and I took on our honeymoon drive after we were married on June 11, 1982.  One memory we have is that the timing chain of the car broke down on our “honeymoon” … [Read more...]

A Missional Reading of Scripture


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Commencement Reflections to the Class of 2013


On Saturday, May 18, 2013, we celebrated the graduation of 77 students from Calvin Seminary. Ten countries were represented on that day: Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, South Korea, and the United States. Today I want to share with you a portion of my commencement address. “In your seminary education, you have been challenged as … [Read more...]

“Don’t Go It Alone” – A Table Service for our assurance of faith as we scatter.

Speaker: Al Gelder Chapel · May 03, 2013 Watch it on Vimeo … [Read more...]

Love Your Enemies: The Resurrection of the Law

Speaker: Paul Han Chapel · April 19, 2013 Watch it on Vimeo … [Read more...]

The Fellowship of the Slow of Heart

Speaker: Jeff Sajdak Chapel · April 10, 2013 Watch it on Vimeo … [Read more...]

Gleanings from Readings – You are a Theologian!


Did you know that you are a theologian?  Whenever you think or hear or read or say anything about God, you are doing theology. When I started Calvin Seminary as a student, I was asked to read a short book by Helmut Thielicke entitled A Little Exercise for Young Theologians.  This classic was written in 1959 and was translated into English in 1962.  This little book was … [Read more...]