• May 4, 2021

    Have you ever doubted your faith? One day Justin* sat down with his campus minister and opened a journal with page after page of questions about God, faith, and the Bible.

    “I have some doubts about faith,” said Justin.

    Doubts

    Justin was raised in a Christian home where faith was mostly a formality. His mother attended church, but his father did not. Justin grew up learning about faith, but some things were hard to understand—and eventually, he found himself in a faith crisis. Could he have questions and still be a Christian?

  • Church, home, online church
    May 3, 2021

    Recently Pastor Tim Keller said that post-Covid, every church will need to think like a church plant. If you’re in an established church, do you wonder what he meant by that statement? I asked two of the church planters in our Great Lakes region to share with us what it means to them.

    Jon Huizenga, pastor at Rise Up Church in Cedar Springs, Michigan

    When I think of Tim Keller's statement that post-Covid every church will need to think like a church plant, four things come to mind:

  • April 23, 2021

    A car pulled into Emmanuel CRC’s parking lot. The church runs a food pantry, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, anyone picking up food needs to remain in their vehicle. At first, it seemed like another disconnect caused by Covid-19—but church members and volunteers have found a way to build relationships with their neighbors.

    Pastor Jeff Hale approached the woman inside the car to gather her information, but he didn’t stop with the facts he needed. They talked a bit, and then, before she moved on to pick up her food, he asked: “Can I pray for you about anything?”

  • April 23, 2021

    In January 2020, just a few months before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, ten members from Exeter CRC in Ontario traveled to the Dominican Republic to partner with Ponton CRC and a passionate ministry leader.

    Together, they constructed a building that would serve both as a place of worship and classroom space for a new Christian school.

  • April 22, 2021

    Ary Vreeken was on the verge of leaving the church.

    “I was so discouraged,” said Ary. “We seemed to be gathering [as a church] for mutual support but no purpose beyond that … there was no drive for us to get out of our comfortable pews.”

  • April 15, 2021

    “It was difficult to exercise that reaching out muscle and to grow into it,” said Jana Vander Laan, co-pastor of Sahali Fellowship CRC in British Columbia.

    Many churches want to “reach out” to their community—but that can be difficult and, quite frankly, scary. Many congregations believe they have too few resources to engage their communities. And many believers might believe they are too shy, too reserved, too introverted, or too busy. 

  • April 15, 2021

    Many individuals and churches have felt disconnected because of the coronavirus pandemic—but Loop Church in Chicago has been using online worship as an opportunity to make new connections and worship with people throughout the world.

  • April 8, 2021

    There are an estimated 1.8 billion Muslims in the world and Islam is the fastest-growing religious group.

    But each year, Muslims celebrate Ramadan. A time of devout fasting and prayer, Ramadan is a time for Muslims to seek God.

  • April 5, 2021

    John Simon felt God call him to ministry—but he struggled to find a church community where he could explore and pursue that call. He found a home and place to grow at Mission Church, one of your Resonate Global Mission partners in Tucson, Arizona.

  • April 1, 2021

    One day, Jander and Tiffany strapped their two-week-old son in a baby carrier and went for a walk in their Calgary, Alberta, neighborhood. That’s when Jander noticed an apple tree in someone’s yard. It reminded Jander of his childhood home.

    “We went to the door, and I was just going to ask if we could grab some apples. There were a bunch just sitting on the ground,” said Jander. 

    Looking back, Jander can see how the Holy Spirit was at work.

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