Words Matter!

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock (Matthew 7:24-25, NRSV). Convicted financier Bernard Madoff lured his investors with promises of uninterrupted riches by investing with him. Old and young alike … Read More

Curriculum: A necessary tool for teaching

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

I have always considered the teacher/leader of a church school class or small group to be the most important factor for contributing to the faith formation of those in their classes or groups. The curriculum they use is important and necessary, but it is only a tool to help the teachers and leaders in their task of guiding learners into the marvelous, mysterious truths of God’s mighty acts, past and present, for salvation of humankind. … Read More

The New Atheists: What are they saying, and what do we need to hear?

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

By now you have almost certainly heard of the “New Atheists.” Their scathing attacks on religious belief have been making headlines regularly over the last few years. While a number of writers have published books that disparage faith and endorse atheism, four have gained the title “the New Atheists:” Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Of the four, Sam Harris is arguably the most popular in the United States. He was unknown … Read More

The power of the word

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

“Who are the seven deacons of the early church?” Beep! “Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas.” “Correct, you get the point.” When I was in fourth grade, my friend and I were chosen to represent our church at the Bible Quiz Contest sponsored by the Presbytery. After school, we came to church and studied the book of Acts on which all of the quiz questions for the older elementary students were based. We … Read More

Rethinking our relationships with young people

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

I was sitting across from her at her kitchen table when she said it. Staring at me with eyes full of passion and a smile that expressed her excitement, she said, “We want you to do relational ministry with these kids; we want you to be incarnational because that’s what they need. They need Jesus.” I returned the same intense stare with a nod of enthusiasm; I was ready to be relational and incarnational, I … Read More

Healthier churches make a healthier denomination

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

In 2005, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC), its leading body, approved “creating and sustaining healthy congregations” as a denominational priority for the following 10 years. The decision’s rationale, in part, was that achieving the long-term goal of transforming lives and communities worldwide was highly unlikely if local congregations were not healthy. Also undergirding this decision was a general concern that the health of a growing number of congregations was … Read More