President Medenblik in Korea

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August 15 – 21, 2012, President Medenblik traveled to Seoul, Korea to lecture at Han-Young Theological University and to preach at two Korean churches there. He was accompanied by Rev. Christian Oh of Han-Bit Korean CRC of Rochester Hills, MI. He spoke on topics including “The Goal of Seminary Education” (goal and focus of Seminary education) and “Leadership Axioms” (key … [Read more...]

Increasing Cabin Pressure – Synod 2012

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This past summer, I attended the Christian Reformed Church Synod for the first time as President of Calvin Theological Seminary. I had previously served as a delegate in 1990, 2002, 2006 and 2010, but for this Synod I was in a new role. Because of that role, I have been asked by a number of people about my impressions of this past Synod and this is my usual “overview” … [Read more...]

All-Seminary Picnic!

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New Professor of Missiology, Michael Goheen

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Calvin Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Goheen as Professor of Missiology. Dr. Goheen will be holding the Jake and Betsy Tuls Chair of Missiology.  Dr. Goheen is a leading scholar on the thought of Lesslie Newbigin. Among his many books are The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2004), a best-seller he co-authored with Craig … [Read more...]

Candidates at Synod 2012

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This past Tuesday, June 12, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church approved 43 candidates (and graduates of Calvin Seminary) for ministry. 13 candidates traveled to Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, the site of this year’s Synod. 12 candidates also joined via webcast from the denominational headquarters in Grand Rapids. Delegates of Synod welcomed the … [Read more...]

Getting Ready to Meet God

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Genesis 35:1-14 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him. “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.” Genesis 35:2 Growing up on a family farm meant that after chores, it was time for Saturday night baths and for getting ready for Sunday. Peeling potatoes on Saturday night so that this work … [Read more...]

Commencement 2012 Photos

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Seeds of Justice, Harvest of Shalom

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By Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, M.Div. student Nicholas Wolterstorff once wrote, “As we wind our way through this world and come across injustice, we meet a wounded God.” This past January, the wounds of God were all too evident on the trip that Dr. Mariano Avila led of eight students to Honduras. Yet the sound of God’s voice and glimpses of God’s face were unmistakably … [Read more...]

The Power of a Word

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On a recent trip, I completed reading Miz Lil & the Chronicles of Grace by Walter Wangerin, Jr. and Rise of a Dynasty: The ’57 Celtics by Bill Reynolds. (I usually have a couple of books going.) What does a memoir of a pastor in the early days of ministry and a book about the first championship won by the Boston Celtics have in common? The power of a word. In Miz … [Read more...]

Conversation with M. Craig Barnes

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What does it mean to be a Christian leader? What does leadership look like in the church and beyond? Are you called to be a leader? Join a conversation with one of America’s preeminent Christian leaders and Festival of Faith and Writing author, M. Craig Barnes. Dr. Barnes is the Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and … [Read more...]