How Do You Measure Impact?

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How Do You Measure Impact?  “You Are There” was a Walter Cronkite hosted television series from 1953 to 1957.  I do not remember those programs presented by the former CBS News Anchorman, but I do remember some Saturday morning revivals (in a shortened format) of this concept in the 1970’s. The idea was to bring the viewer into the times and context of events as … [Read more...]

Lenten Season Reflections – “Remembering Names”

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My colleague Rev. Scott Hoezee, who is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching, recently posted a blog on Lent. He recalls how Lent was not part of his training as he grew up in a Christian Reformed Church, but he also invites us into the season of Lent. Click here to view his blog entry. I will confess that my upbringing was very similar to Rev. Hoezee. … [Read more...]

A Teacher’s Life

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Trips to Florida, Arizona and Florida again have made up part of my ministry work in January and February. (I know, I know – my mother and father don’t think it is always work either.) Air travel is not what it was many years ago and I hope they will still ban cell phone calls in flight, but I do enjoy the opportunity to read on long airplane trips. One of my most … [Read more...]

The Power of Touch

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It took just a moment. It was not seen by many persons. It took place in a setting where safety and security concerns segregate people from one another. It happened at Angola Prison in Louisiana. I had the recent pleasure of going to prison. It was a pleasure because I saw the power of the gospel transforming lives in this unique community. The Kingdom of God was so … [Read more...]

Planting Seeds

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I grew up on a fifty-acre hog farm where we grew most of our own corn. If you travel in farm country, you will see signs advertising what seed and even “test seed” has been planted in that field. Calvin Theological Seminary is in the ministry of planting seeds. A “seminary” is a school specializing in theological training especially for those entering into pastoral … [Read more...]

A Few Pictures from the Road

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One of the blessings of being President of Calvin Theological Seminary is having the privilege to connect with a number of people and places. The last five weeks have been particularly rich with those experiences. Here is a list of a few of my most recent “road stops”: Edmonton, Alberta – West End Christian Reformed Church Denver, Colorado – Third CRC and a … [Read more...]

The Ministry of Showing Up

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This past weekend (October 5-6), I had the privilege of attending the Presidential Inaugurations of Dr. John Knapp of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and of Dr. Melanie Humphreys of King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. (Yes – one was by car and the other by plane!) These events gave me an opportunity to wear my academic regalia, but why go to such events … [Read more...]

Deep Skimming: What Would You Recommend?

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In the last few weeks, we have been focusing on beginnings. We have begun a new academic year at Calvin Seminary. One of those days began with faculty processing in their academic regalia for Convocation and ended with some of those same faculty members wearing shorts for a seminary-wide picnic. It has been a good beginning. Last month I asked for your help in … [Read more...]

Tears and Joy

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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

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  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...]