A Camel is a…

A camel is a horse created by a committee. It’s an expression. I first remember hearing it in the 1970’s. So today many of us avoid using the term “committee” in favor of words like “team,” “group,” and “task force.” The reality is that it does not matter what a group is called. If the…

Herman Who?

The name “Herman” is associated with some interestingly diverse images: Herman’s Hermits (for their song, “There’s a Kind of Hush,” click here), Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick), Herman Bovinck (the theologian), and Herman (as in the comic strip). Of course, the Herman[sic]that ministry leaders have come to know and love is “hermeneutic.” What’s a hermeneutic?, you…

Royalty, Baby!

With tongue-in-cheek respect for British royalty and the media frenzy over a highly-anticipated new arrival to the aristocracy, you are invited to listen to the classic “I’m Henry VIII” by clicking here. In contrast, every follower of the Carpenter-King Jesus is a member of God’s royal family (1 Peter 2:9). Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you…

Deep and Wide

“Deep and Wide.” It’s the name of a children’s song and also the title of a book by Andy Stanley. For the song, click here. Stanley’s book, Deep and Wide, is the story of his personal faith and ministry journey, as well as an explanation of the vision, values, and strategy of North Point Community Church. North Point’s…

Flash! Bang! Ooh! Aah!

he Fourth of July is a celebration. Fireworks are everywhere. It’s a good time to express gratitude for church and country. Here are a few expressions of thank you. Flash! Thank you to the RCA General Synod for its emphasis on multi-cultural leadership development. The video that was featured at Sunday night’s meeting wonderfully described the…

You’ve Got A Friend

“Acceptance of our lives as God made us” was one of the teaching points made by Pastor Jim Lankheet of Beechwood Church (Holland, MI) on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The sermon was about God being the Potter (Isaiah 45:9-13 and 29:16). Our loving God has shaped each of us uniquely and differently. Our responsibility is…