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Mental Illnesses and the Church’s Calling
This topic showcase highlights resources to help churches reclaim their role in including and befriending people who live with mental illnesses.
Topic Showcase | October 29, 2018
Isaac Wardell on Rethinking Calling and Vocation
Not everyone feels called to their job or experiences it as way to use their gifts to accomplish great things for God. There is a more satisfying way to think about how God calls each of us.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
Isaac Wardell on Bringing Work into Worship
Daily work, paid and unpaid, consumes our lives, energy, and minds—even when we are in church. Here are ways to plan worship so people see themselves and their work as instruments of God.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
Mika Edmondson on MLK’s Theology of Unearned Suffering
Jesus’s example of laying down his life for others inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. civil rights movement. This theology of how to engage undeserved suffering can help congregations deal with pain.
Conversation | October 10, 2017
Reggie Smith on Theology Underlying Sociology
What churches profess and what they do sometimes clash. Sharing stories, sitting with those who suffer, praying, and listening in silence for God can help churches harmonize theology and sociology.
Conversation | September 01, 2017
Silence and Beauty — Prayers for the Suffering Church
This vesper service from the 2017 Calvin Symposium on Christian Worship focuses on prayers for the suffering church.
Video | March 10, 2017
A symposium worship service from Isaiah 53.
Worship Service | Video | April 25, 2016
Baptist Churches in Belarus
Baptists living in what is now Belarus have experienced war, shifting borders, persecution and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Their history gives them a unique perspective on what it means to follow Christ and suffer for him.
Conversation | September 01, 2015
Eric Washington on God’s Sovereignty and Slavery
Sometimes it’s awkward for Christians of different cultures to talk together about God’s presence in slavery. Eric Washington provides a way forward.
Conversation | April 24, 2015
Jerry Sittser on Growing through Adversity and Spiritual Practices
You probably gather for worship with both lifelong worshipers and those new to the Bible. Jerry Sittser mines the history of Christian spirituality for nuggets that give life to all levels of worshipers.
Conversation | January 06, 2015
“Blessed are the Persecuted”—Worshiping in Solidarity with the Suffering Church
Vespers led by members and friends of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists. Presented at the 2013 Calvin Symposium on Worship.
Worship Service | Video | February 19, 2013
More Context on Christians in Pakistan
Christian faith involves more dangers in Pakistan than in North America or Europe.
Feature Story | January 07, 2013
The Church: Willing to Suffer
Seventh worship service in a series of worship services based on key themes from the Belhar Confession
Worship Service | December 12, 2012
Tom Swieringa on Cooperating in Intercessory Prayer
Tom Swieringa co-leads Wyoming Kingdom Enterprise Zone, a church multiplication initiative by Reformed and Christian Reformed churches in Wyoming, Michigan. He has pastored and planted churches in Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota, and Texas. In this edited conversation, he talks about cooperating with God in intercessory prayer, during worship and beyond.
Conversation | October 26, 2012
Coop's Column - So Marred, So Beautiful
Their suffering Savior’s immense love for them, far beyond their mind’s feeble ability to grasp or comprehend, now prompts Christians to worship him
Reflection | January 14, 2011
Prayer for the Darfuri
Loving God, we cry out to you on behalf of the people of the Darfur region.
Article | Reflection | October 21, 2010
Coop's Column - Belonging
Lonesomeness, that bleak and desperate feeling of abandonment and forsakenness, is the worst—the absolute worst—that can overtake any human being.
Reflection | October 19, 2010
Coop's Column - Simply Fellow Strugglers
My years as chaplain among college students have convinced me that many young people suffer from what I call the "immortality virus": "Death-accidents, illness, and weakness, too-can, and sometimes do, happen to others. But it won't -read: cannot- happen to me." Or so they foolishly imagine.
Reflection | August 16, 2010
Singing the Psalms Against a Backdrop of Persecution: A View from Pakistan
Find out how the psalms bring hope to suffering Christians in Pakistan and how the psalms can challenge theologians, poets, and musicians around the world to strengthen faith, ministry, and worship.
Slideshow | Audio | March 23, 2010
Justice and Suffering in Worship Centered on God
Setri Nyomi, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, explains why confessing that Jesus is Lord applies to the economy and earth. As the Accra Confession affirms, God calls for just relationships with all creation--so our worship should reflect that faith stance. A feature story exploring Justice and Suffering in Worship centered on God.
Feature Story | June 01, 2009