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Becoming Equipped to Follow God’s Call
Called at age 39 to be a messenger of God, a minister-in-training finds acceptance, insight, and guidance through a preaching peer group.
Reflection | August 08, 2018
Engaging Sermons: Bringing the Bible to Life
How a preaching peer group helped an imaginative preacher reach new heights in her quest to create engaging sermons.
Reflection | August 06, 2018
Seeing from Other Viewpoints
Engaging deeply with peers and perspectives from outside your tradition is the best way to grow in your understanding of others and enrich your own view.
Reflection | July 30, 2018
From Isolation to Encirclement: Finding the Preaching Voice Among Peers
By preaching to trusted peers and hearing their reflections, even veteran pastors can find transformation in the practice of preaching.
Reflection | July 23, 2018
The Impact of Peer Learning Groups for the Preaching Life
The leader of preaching peer groups in northern Indiana and on Chicago’s South Side shares his insights about what makes these groups so effective.
Reflection | July 16, 2018
The Challenge of Preaching in Bilingual Communities
Preaching to peers in a homiletics cohort opened Antonio Almonte’s eyes to the differences in how listeners perceive his preaching in English versus Spanish. As a result, he adjusted his English-language preaching style.
Reflection | July 11, 2018
Reflections from a Charlottesville Church . . .
Isaac Wardell, Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares reflections from his experience shepherding their Charlottesville congregation in Sunday worship through the trauma of hatred, bigotry, and violence that took place in their small town less than one day before they gathered for worship.
Reflection | August 28, 2017
Introducing Lent: A Season of Preparation and Repentance
Through deliberate forms of self-denial, Christians in Lent open their hearts to the self-giving grace of Jesus Christ and their own union with Christ.
Reflection | March 06, 2017
Would Jesus Listen To My Story?
In November 2016, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship sent Calvin College student Adrienne Hall to Would Jesus Eat Frybread, a conference for Native American students put on by Intervarsity, Cru, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Reflection | November 28, 2016
Can I be Native and Christian?
In November 2014 Calvin College senior Chantelle Yazzie traveled to Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation, Carlton, MN, to participate in the third annual “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” conference.
Reflection | January 16, 2015
Bible Study on Worship: Elements of worship
This Bible study with 12 lessons focuses on the key elements of Christian worship and is designed for use by a worship planning team/committee.
Reflection | June 30, 2014
Bible Study on Worship: Themes to explore
This Bible study with 12 lessons focuses on key themes in understanding Christian worship and is designed for use by a worship planning team/committee.
Reflection | June 30, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Compassion
God's Word makes a breath-taking confession about followers of Jesus: they have become resurrected with their risen Lord.
Reflection | April 19, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Kindness
Language that folks wouldn’t dream of using in face-to-face conversation has now become, sad to say, a normal part of their careless, coarsened interaction. How do you reduce the level of shrill and inappropriate talk and behavior?
Reflection | April 18, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Humility
St. Paul commended it as a resurrection virtue. A humble person is within a millimeter of becoming like Christ himself, who “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped… but humbled himself and became obedient unto death—even death on a cross!”
Reflection | April 17, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Gentleness
Gentleness ought to be an obvious character quality of every person who bears the Savior’s name. Christian leaders are not exempt. Wielding power over others as they are called to do, leaders are susceptible to treating their followers harshly and inappropriately. But Christian leaders who are gentle know that leadership is best expressed by those who show they care about those they lead.
Reflection | April 16, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Patience
Patience-filled Christian saints keep cultivating their relationship with the Spirit and keep praying continually for his help in showing makrothumia everywhere and always toward all others, no matter how impatient and rude, no matter how grumbling and irritating those others at times may be.
Reflection | April 15, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Forgiveness
Forgiving: it’s a challenging practice—perhaps no other command of Jesus is more difficult to obey. And it’s so counter-intuitive. Why give anyone a fresh start after he’s hurt you deeply? Why not just retaliate by knocking his block off?
Reflection | April 14, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Love
What better place to celebrate the Good News of God’s agape and to get the instruction manual for learning how to live it out toward others than in the congregation of saints on Sunday morning? There we gather to hear about and to celebrate, to receive instruction and to pledge anew.
Reflection | April 13, 2014