Editorials

  • Kerux Editors on Diversity February 6, 2015 When we as an editing team first discussed our sense of a timely and meaningful theme for the January edition of the Kerux, diversity was a topic we kept returning to. We had some initial misgivings about the theme because of the ambiguous and misleading way in which the word is often used. The concept of diversity is a hot topic in the church; it is how churches like to describe themselves. As “proof” of diversity, churches and schools offer stats about the range of countries of origin and ethnicities and religious backgrounds represented. In itself this trend is a good thing: for much of its history, the church has reinforced class distinction and separation. We now want to do better. Yet often it doesn’t take long to scratch below the surface of that claim of diversity and notice how little people of different backgrounds and convictions are truly sharing life together. The phenomenon of lives lived apart, grouped in cliques of commonality which rigidly reject and attack difference  – even in supposedly “diverse” communities, is something our previous book of the semester, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, tried to explore, specifically in relation to the deep and painful race divisions in our country. As an editing team, we have concluded these questions are too important to avoid. The tragedies of recent events, and the diametrically opposing reactions to them in our country, have made very clear the degree of nation-wide division and misunderstanding of others’ experiences and the need to address in concrete ways the gap between the ideal of “diversity” and the realities most of us have seen and experienced. We wanted to talk less about the reality of ethnic and religious diversity at CTS, and more about the how of further uniting in Christian community. In ...
  • A Call for Hospitality February 6, 2015 It’s uncomfortable at times to talk with and get to know someone who is different from yourself. It is easiest to remain within your own culture, age, race, or nationality. Even though we would never want to be inhospitable, we often are not hospitable because that requires us to open our homes, lives, and persons to someone who we fear might not understand us or who we are afraid that we won’t understand. As Christians, particularly as future and current leaders of the church, we must show Christ’s love and hospitality to all people. The first place to start stepping out of your comfort zone might be right here at CTS with international students (or conversely, international students hosting national students, but that isn’t the focus of this article). While you might think hospitality is a word that is easy to define, think again. While we can probably agree that hospitality means being friendly, welcoming, and entertaining when having visitors or friends over this looks very different in different cultures. For most white U.S. nationals it seems that hospitality, or being hospitable, means being friendly in general and, when someone is at your house, making sure they have a good meal and enjoy themselves. We rarely think about inviting anyone over except those that we would consider friends already or those we are seeking a greater relationship with. Sometimes we have expectations of our guests such as that everyone will hug at the end of the visit, that someone will help in the kitchen to prepare the food, or that the guest will have at least offered to bring additional food with them. These things may seem normal but not in many cultures where having someone over looks very different. When the person comes in they are greeted by the whole family, ...
  • Editorial on Diversity February 6, 2015 This previous book of the semester, Tanner Colby’s Some of My Best Friends Are Black, has sparked some thoughtful questions such as “Just how diverse is Calvin Theological Seminary?” “What are some misconceptions about diversity?” And lastly, “Are we as students burned out from talking/thinking about diversity and social justice?” I would like to say that Calvin Theological Seminary students are tired and burned out from academic work, not from moving out in grace to address diversity and social justice. In this editor’s opinion, diversity and social justice are very important to Calvin Theological Seminary. This is an urgent point to be made in an age when people are losing their grasp of Christian theology and becoming cold and apathetic. As students of Reformed Theology we must proclaim in our institutions of learning and worship, as well as outside them, that we consider the goal of studying theology to empower Christians to bring about the betterment of all, not a few. To leave theology simply to the realm of study without any spiritual movement happening is ignoring why we are theologians. Making theology only an academic discipline promotes seeing of God as we want to rather than he truly is. This is resisting the movement of the Holy Spirit.   To be clear moving forward from the events of police brutality in 2014, diversity and integration are important to Calvin Theological Seminary. We must continue to grow in this area, because ignoring social justice and racial reconciliation really does leave Abraham Kuyper’s theology of engaging every sphere of life stunted. This is one reason the Christian Reformed Church should be invested in racial reconciliation, so there is clear missional engagement of urban areas and rural areas, so when we bring the gospel it will also bring healing for people who hurt ...
  • A Short History of Kerux November 21, 2014 The Kerux is a Calvin Theological Seminary student publication that has served a variety of purposes over the years including being a place for news, opinions, interviews, announcements, prayer requests, and classifieds. Kerux has been regularly published since 1965 (based on the current volume number). At times, Kerux was a bi-weekly publication but in recent years it has often been a monthly publication. During the 2006-2007 school year the editorial staff decided that Kerux would be published primarily online. Since that time, it has occasionally been primarily online, while at other times in print as well, depending on the team of editors. Currently volumes 32 (1998) through 49 (current) can be found and read online (see the side bar if you are interested). Kerux has ranged from a two page publication to at least twenty pages at times and has had various formats over the years. This year during the first CTS Student Senate meeting the idea of discontinuing this publication was seriously considered due to Senate discussions surrounding its purpose due to E-news and the CTS website taking over some of the prior roles of the Kerux in bringing news, and delay in finding enough editors. Due to these conversations and initial uncertainty concerning who the editorial staff would be this year, this initial publication was significantly delayed. After some discussion it was decided that as the only student run-publication, Kerux has played an important role in the past and still has a role to play in CTS student life as the primary voice of the student body. The editors this year include Monica Brands and three Student Senators, Ronald Hunsucker, Bob VanLonkhuyzen, and Robert Van Zanen. While continuing the many positive traditions of The Kerux, we also hope to bring some focus on the CTS community to elicit greater ...
  • New Student Senate Social Media November 12, 2014 Don’t forget to check out the new CTS Student Senate Facebook page as well as their recently created Twitter feed (CTSSemSenate). Follow them on the bottom right-hand side of this page.
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