Sunday Follow-up: Restorative Justice

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, Peter Sinclair continued our series, “Who Do You Say I Am?” from the Gospel of Mark with a message from Mark 4.41-5.20. You can listen to it on our current series page (or in the archives).

In his sermon, Peter touched on the topic of justice and our tendency to go the retributive route rather than God’s restorative way. Recognizing that this is a big topic, we thought we’d share some reading material on the blog.

First, “No Money in the Revenge Business” considers the connection of forgiveness and what we seek when we’ve been wronged.

Kurt talks about the counter-cultural way of Jesus and “Why the ‘Christian life’ isn’t worth living.

Finally, our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church of North America, shares a number of resources relating to restorative justice through its Office of Social Justice.


This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Peter Sinclair at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on February 2, 2014.


Ambassadors of Reconciliation

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

-2 Corinthians 5.19b

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared “A Place to Become” based on 2 Corinthians 5.16-21. You can hear that message on our current series‘ sermon page on our website (or in the archives).

The main theme of this section of Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth is reconciliation. Today’s links example three different kinds of reconciliation to encourage and equip you:

Reconciliation between God and yourself through confession in “The Sacred Act of Pulling Weeds” by Adam McLane.

Reconciliation between yourself and a neighbour (which means opening up your neighbour to the possibility of reconciliation with God) in “I CHOOSE GRACE!” by John.

And working for the reconciliation of others in “Subversive for the Common Good: Seek the Welfare of the City” by Bob Robinson.


This post is a follow up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC by Rev. Chelsey Harmon on June 16, 2013. It provides stories that relate to the theme and call to reconciliation.

The Dangers Within: Anger

angerThis week’s focus is on anger. There is plenty of it in this world and in our hearts.

GroundWork continues their series with this episode on anger.

Next up are two stories about people who seemingly had every right to live and act in anger. Instead, they chose a different path: forgiveness.┬áJeanne Bishop’s piece on the CNN Religion site traces her change of heart from retribution to forgiveness.
Eugene Cho profiles Curtis Martin in “The soul of Curtis Martin: violence, abuse, poverty, family, faith, forgiveness, and football.”

Handling criticism is difficult, and people’s comments can lead us to a lot of anger and resentment. Mark Altrogge offers some helpful, biblical tips for dealing with other people’s opinions about you.


This post is for adults and teens and covers topics like anger, forgiveness, relationships, communication, criticism and reconciliation.

Photo by Shawn Chin. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Sportsmanship and the Christian life

What others might see as a weakness, we are challenged to see as an opportunity to something greater. Read the Op-Ed piece by Chuck Colson entitlted “Perfect Sportsmanship” and talk about how you would have reacted. Are you inspired to smile and forgive on the field? It is, after all, just a game– a game that lets your true heart and values show.

This post is intended for adults, young adults, teens and children and it discusses issues of sportsmanship, integrity, and being an example of Christ through forgiveness.