Jul Medenblik

God’s Plan

We didn’t plan it, but God did. A little over two years ago, Calvin Seminary held its first “Loving Your Neighbor” summer conference. It was a great conference with diverse…

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Why Go To Seminary? Hoop, Hurdle or Vital Necessity? 

As both a pastor and now seminary president, I have had the privilege of walking with many who are thinking about seminary. They wonder about finances. They wonder “is God…

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Welcome to This Special Forum Edition

This publication is offered for two important audiences: first, for the men and women whose hearts are pricked by the Spirit’s prodding as they wonder about theological education in their…

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Practicing Church Discipline: Wisdom From The Field 

Practically speaking, what does it look like for a person to be faithfully discipled, especially when Belgic Confession Article 29 teaches that the third mark of a true church is…

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On The Potter’s Wheel 

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” (Jer.…

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From the President: What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn From One Another Today? 

On November 1, 1944, a woman from the Christian Reformed Church married a man from the Catholic Church. The wedding took place in Roseland, Illinois. Even before their wedding, the…

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From the President: More Than a Slogan

President’s Note: Dr. John Cooper is completing nine consecutive years of service on the Forum Editorial Committee. In this role, he has always sought to bridge the conversation between the…

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From the President: Loving Your Neighbor Today (and Tomorrow!)

Jackie and I stood outside our neighbors’ doorway getting ready to welcome the family that had just moved into the house next to our home in New Lenox, Illinois. We…

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From the President: The Challenge and Opportunity of Hospitality

I still remember moving from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Fulton, Illinois, when I was in the first grade. A new home also meant a new school. I started a few weeks…

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