What is a call to ministry?

Jul 21, 2017 by

A long time ago in the big city, I was a graduate student studying the New Testament. My wife and I had another student and his wife over for supper, and we were talking shop: Bible and theology, church and...

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To leave or not leave?

Dec 14, 2016 by

From time to time, I walk alongside people wrestling through the question of whether they should start attending a different church group. I sympathize, because I have been there myself, and know that it can...

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Vocation and occupation: How to respond to God’s call on your life

Nov 23, 2016 by

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve read an article about how to find your vocation, I’d be rich. And yet I wonder if they are missing a key point, which makes me want to contribute my two cents to the...

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Heeding the call

Aug 19, 2016 by

As people, we have all been created with divine intent and purpose. We have, as image bearers of God, been given a mission and vision for who we are, who God wants us to be, and the impact we are to leave on...

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Full-time out-of-date?

Aug 1, 2016 by

Christians in North America used to speak frequently and with great respect about those who “went into full-time service.” Evangelists gave public invitations calling for such commitment. Going into...

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A balancing act in life

Feb 8, 2016 by

Modern life is definitely fast-paced. We have cities that never sleep. We race around until we are about to have a nervous breakdown because we are out of time and energy and there are hardly any items checked...

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Listening for the God that doesn’t meet expectations

Jan 23, 2015 by

This is an excerpt of the sermon Harader preached on 1 Samuel 3 on Jan. 18. Read the sermon in its entirety here. The very first sentence of this story tells us that “the boy Samuel was ministering to the...

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Now called by name

Jan 6, 2014 by

On the first Sunday of November, our lead pastor was out of town and asked me to lead communion in our Indonesian language worship gathering. We share small wafers and tiny cups of juice monthly as a reminder...

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