We are entrusted to walk alongside people during some of the most difficult and vulnerable times in their lives. It’s work that God could do without us but God still allows us to be a part of it. Social workers show up when abuse is occurring, when violence is erupting, and when homes are dirty. We are asked to meet families during times of loss, adoption, school problems, divorce, addictions, trauma, and relationship problems. We get to hear stories, play with kids, sit in team meetings, solve problems, and see people heal and get well.
Each year, the Dordt College junior social work students create a theme for Social Work Month which is in March. This year, the class has decided to focus on the ideal of community, and in doing so, specifically focusing in on the breakdown of community that happens from bullying and incivility.
Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government. The letter has attracted a lot of attention. Is it unprecedented? Is it treasonous?
In the past year, the nation’s attention has been repeatedly drawn back and forth from Ferguson to New York City as events in the two cities have had an eerie and disturbing resonance with one another. From an officer-involved death that set off controversy in Ferguson to one in New York, from a no indictment in one city to one in the other, and, now, tragically, the ambush killing of two officers in New York has been echoed in the ambush shooting (thankfully not fatal) of two officers in Ferguson.
A few days ago, news services everywhere were abuzz with news about the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) new “Net Neutrality” regulations. While many internet sources have been advocating for this concept for a while now, recent coverage has increased not only because of decisive action by the FCC but also because of a rising tide of criticism and outcry, particularly …
We live at the intersection of several important events: the rise of the TV serial, the self-assertion of cable networks, the advent of streaming and binge-watching. What does all this change and even power shift mean?
All religions must grapple honestly with issues of violence, both in terms of the limits and means of righteous zeal and in terms of the ultimate goals of the movement. One potentially instructive way for the monotheistic religions to do this may be to ask the question “How do we imagine the Kingdom of God?”
How do we present a Biblical interpretation of this issue while remaining true to the grace that covers us all?
The sphere of government is incredibly significant in every aspect of life. It permeates through each of our work settings, the communities in which we live; the school’s that our children attend, to the everyday mundaneness of driving, eating and communicating. So, it begs the question: why aren’t we more passionately involved in this sphere?
Understanding the death of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.
Did you see the Always #LikeAGirl Super Bowl XLIX commercial? Why does this commercial matter?
What philosophy should we be using as parents? Should we seek to be helicopters? Should we give our children free range?
What is the difference between Biblical counseling and Christian counseling? In Reformed circles, is Biblical Counseling the norm or are people encouraged to seek professional counseling help?
Over a week ago President Obama mentioned the crusades in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. How should one respond to such a statement? Is it valid or not to compare the context of the crusades to the twenty-first century context of ISIS?
After the recent measles outbreak in the United States, here are the legal facts and opinions on the implications of refusing vaccinations.
Divorce and re-marriage from the perspective of a child. “God didn’t intend for divorce to happen, but we live in a broken world and divorces happen. God can take broken things and make beauty out of them.”
A movie review of “Birdman” (2014). “I wonder if the film isn’t suggesting that we have within us capacities only hinted at by our capes and birdfeather costumes?”
There are a wide variety of views on what tithing means in the church. Does tithing still mean the same today as it did in the Old Testament or New Testament times? Can tithing also mean giving to an organization outside of the church, like the local Christian school?
The disconnect between food producers and consumers increases every year. Most North Americans and Europeans live in areas either non-cultivatable or too congested for growing food. When you add in the fact that our populations continue to increase (for example, the U.S. just reached 300 million people) and that tillable land is only 1/32 of the earth’s surface, then we must be mindful that we need to do a very good job with the resources God has provided.
I have developed an appreciation of the fact that this age we refer to as “the terrible twos,” is a necessary, and even vital, stage in our development as humans.
Instead of asking if supporting football is moral or not I believe we should be asking ourselves as players, coaches, and fans how can we use the gifts, talents and abilities God has given us to create a culture in sports where we demonstrate the spirit of God and work for his glory.
Playing sports alone does not develop character, and sports in a corrupt context will develop bad character, but sports played according to God’s plan develops character that honors and glorifies God and develops people who have a deeper understanding of how God works in their lives and how they can serve God even after their playing days are over.
Christians often talk about the need to avoid reductionism, especially scientific naturalism. But what about the opposite extreme—isn’t it dangerous also to focus too little on science, and let ourselves be shaped too much by superstition or ‘traditional’ beliefs?
Were the terror attacks in Paris motivated by radical Islam? In an interview published on January 13 by the Weekly Standard, White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained why the Obama Administration is intentionally distancing itself from French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ statement that France is “at war against terrorism and radical Islam.” This logic used by Mr. Earnest to support this rhetorical decision is deeply problematic.
I’m Reformed for a bunch of reasons. They’re not the same as they were back when I was an arrogant 18 year old, when I wielded a theological hammer in the shape of the Dutch Reformed TULIP. It’s taken living a while. It’s taken dying a lot. It’s taken succeeding and failing in ministry for almost two decades. It’s taken the sober realization that the rabbit hole of my sin goes far deeper than good theological texts could have shown me. Let me explain.