At the beginning of the month of September, 19 people from our church began a journey to become Apprentices of Jesus. Each week we have read from a book, reflected on Scripture, memorized verses from Colossians 3.1-17, and practiced soul training exercises to help us practice, experience and think about what we’re learning as we become more Christlike.
These soul training exercises aren’t as big of a deal as you might think. To experience the true nature of God, we’ve slept more, spent five minutes a day in purposeful silence, noticed creation more often, and made it a point to count our blessings.
We thought you might like to try some of them out too.
On Sunday, December 8 2013 Pastor Chelsey shared a message entitled “We Worry” from Matthew 14.13-21 as part of our Advent Series, God is Bigger. You can hear the sermon on our current series page (or in the archives). Today, we’re sharing three different perspectives on God’s intended cure for our worry.
In “The Weeds of Worry” Christina shares how she learned to rest in the work of Christ.
Josh talks about his experience of being reminded some important truths about God by being out in creation in “The Anxiety-Klling Power of Creation.”
And Liz encourages us to do as the Bible says for those who worry: pray together. Read more in “A Prayer for the Anxiety-Ridden Christian.”
This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey L. Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It deals with the topic of anxiety and worry, prayer, and community.
On Sunday, July 7th, a group of people gathered to discuss an article from our denominational magazine, The Banner, called “Tomorrow’s Theology.” Because the article argues for some things that go against the tradition and historical teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, we thought it was important to get together and talk. For those interested in continuing to learn about the interplay of Science and Faith, or the Reformed Confessions, the following links should prove as a worthwhile starting point.
Science and Faith links
The Ministry Theorem from Calvin Seminary
Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design by Deborah Haarsma and Loren Haarsma (formerly titled: Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design & Evolution). This site provides information about the book as well as links to further reading for each chapter.
Two other articles from The Banner: “Reformed Matters: Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?” and “Speaking of Evolution”
Reformed Confessions links
You can read the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort online by going to the Christian Reformed Church’s “Beliefs” page.
The Winter 2013 Calvin Seminary Forum features articles on the history of each of the Confessions.
Articles from The Banner: “The Belgic Confession: A Good Teacher”, “Reformed Matters: A Confession to Celebrate” and “Don’t Know Much about the Catechism”
Body & Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism by M. Craig Barnes. Also available is a small group discussion guide and DVD.