Is Jesus Our Rabbi? (Reflections on Discipleship Part II)

Is Jesus Our Rabbi? (Reflections on Discipleship Part II)

I concluded my previous post with the same question I opened it: how does Calvary CRC become a church of disciple-makers? I felt it was necessary to dive into the history (of sorts) of disciple-making before addressing the question for our own context. There is always...
Teacher? Rabbi? Lord?   (Reflections on Discipleship Part I)

Teacher? Rabbi? Lord? (Reflections on Discipleship Part I)

I’ve mentioned before that the origin of the English word disciple shares similar etymology to the Greek word mathetes (ma-they-tays). Disciple is the Latin translation of the Greek word, and both mean, essentially ‘pupil’ or ‘learner’. It has the same root as the...
What is Truth? A Philosophical Reflection

What is Truth? A Philosophical Reflection

We live in a polarized world. And it isn’t getting any easier. But really, we should not be surprised that we are where we are. I first heard the terms ‘pluralism’ and ‘subjective truth’ in High School at youth group in the late 1990s. These were used to describe the...
A Song by Any Other Language Would Sound as Sweet?

A Song by Any Other Language Would Sound as Sweet?

Both this year and last year, I have been (directly or indirectly) told that we did not sing a particular song on Christmas Day historically sung on Christmas Day here at Calvary: Ere Zij God (A Dutch hymn based upon the words of the heavenly host in Luke chapter 2,...
Do You Know Jesus?

Do You Know Jesus?

Who is Jesus (and Why Does He Matter)? This question is asked during the second Alpha Session and is the most important question to answer ever. At its most basic understanding, a world without Jesus is completely different from the world as we know it. Everything...
Three Years and the Changes they Bring

Three Years and the Changes they Bring

Last Wednesday, September 11, was the third ‘anniversary’ of my ordination. I had hoped to post this then, but it’s taken a lot of time and thought to try and pull my thoughts together to reflect on these first three years of ministry. It’s hard to believe that three...