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New World Order

We were pummeled by death and then amazed by life in a space of 48 hours. Our middle daughter died after childbirth. Not “almost died.” She died. And then she died again. And then she died again. Three times dead. Coded. Pronounced. Followed by three resurrections. The details are sad, tragic, horrific, angering, and even (a couple of times) almost …

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Easter Hope

Church historian Martin Marty told of a friend of his who taught Sunday School for many years. One April morning the weather had turned so warm and spring-like that the teacher knew his class needed to spend time outside. He brought plastic eggs, leftover from Easter treats, and told the eight-year-old students to look around for something that showed new …

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CLC Courses as they relate to RCA Commissioned Pastor Competencies

CLC Courses as they relate to RCA Commissioned Pastor Competencies Our CLC courses are designed to address and fully equip for the ten competency expectations of the Reformed Church in America for its Commissioned Pastors. Below is a list of the RCA expected competencies and the CLC courses which address them. A fuller treatment of the nuances of each competency …

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Preaching

PREACHING AN INTRODUCTION “Preaching” is a uniquely Christian activity. It is based upon the prophetic declarations by which God communicated divine wisdom and instructions to ancient Israel. It is shaped by the teaching ministry of Jesus. It is energized by the Spirit-inspired proclamations of the first Christian apostles. When we think of preaching today, we imagine gathered congregations on Sunday …

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Andrew Bossardet

Husband to Heather, father to Micah and Addison, pastor and current executive for the Reformed Church in America. I also hold the distinction of being the only facilitator who once featured in a zombie movie. I have been facilitating online courses since 2013. CLC Facilitated Courses: New Testament Old Testament Church History RCA Government & Standards Sacrements & Liturgy Theology …

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Everywhere and Nowhere

Everywhere and Nowhere The digital age is our friend, not our foe. “The new center of mission is everywhere and nowhere.” – Richard Bauckham Yesterday, I opened my Google Suite (G-Mail, Calendar, Drive) like I do every day. Except yesterday, my Google Drive was empty. A glitch in the software had hidden all of my documents. All. My. Documents. I …

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Theology 1

Theology 1 An Introduction Theology is the investigation of God’s character and interactions with us and our world, summarizing and systematizing what we can know both through creational and redemptive revelation. The course provides an overview of the topics revelation, scripture, the attributes and Trinitarian character of God, creation, evil, and the nature of humanity both as created and after …

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Theology 2

Theology 2 An Introduction Theology 2 is the investigation of God’s character and interactions with us and our world, summarizing and systematizing what we can know both through creational and redemptive revelation. The course provides an overview of the topics Jesus, salvation, atonement, sanctification, church, sacraments, mission, social witness, end times, return of Jesus, and the new creation. The companion …

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Sacraments & Liturgy

Sacraments & Liturgy An Introduction At the heart of Christian community and identity is the worship of God. It is a reminder that we are not at the center of the universe, nor the source of all meaning and values. It is the recognition that we are dependent creatures, and that there is a Creator who shapes the purpose of …

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Pastoral Care

PASTORAL CARE AN INTRODUCTION While leaders of churches are often identified as “preachers,” there is much more to congregational oversight than conducting Sunday worship or being the resident theologian who expounds on Christian doctrine. Moses found himself a father and mother and friend and counselor to the large community of Israelites, so much so, in fact, that he sometimes complained …