Upcoming Last Lectures

Prof. Nydam’s Last Lecture Professor Ron Nydam Last Lecture:  This special presentation by Professor Ron Nydam is scheduled for Thursday, April 17 at 3:30 pm in the DeVos Auditorium with refreshments to follow.  Please join us! Prof. Bosma’s Last Lecture Professor Carl Bosma Last Lecture:  This special presentation of Professor Carl Bosma is scheduled for Wednesday, … [Read more...]

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...]

An Adventure in Ecumenicity

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Berkouwer and the Nouvelle Théologie Presentation and Panel Discussion on Reformed Theologian G. C. Berkouwer as Ecumenist Does ecumenical dialogue among evangelicals, Reformed Protestants, and Roman Catholics advance Christian unity? Is it possible for Roman Catholics and Protestants to be open to the common truths that come out of serious theological dialogue? Or, … [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...]

Evangelistic Preaching

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Evangelistic Preaching (670B or BT), taught by Ron Van der Spoel, Vice President of Open Doors and Instructor at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium. Secular culture has become so predominant that many contemporary people carry little memory of God or church. They have heard that their grandparents once had some sort of relationship with the church, … [Read more...]

Junius Institute

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Todd Rester, Director of the Junius Institute How do you make rare 16th century theological treasures available to students and scholars in the twenty first century? The innovative answer at the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research (www.juniusinstitute.org) sounds like the whir of a robot, the click of a camera, and the rustle of 1,500 pages an hour. … [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...]