Michael Gulker is President of The Colossian Forum. Michael has a longstanding interest in the intersection of faith and culture and how both thrive best when rooted in worship. A native of West Michigan, he studied philosophy and theology at Calvin College, has a divinity degree from Duke and is an ordained Mennonite pastor. Before coming to the Forum, Michael served as pastor of Christ Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife Jodie have two young children.
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten;but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.-1 Peter 2:23 The work that we do at TCF is grounded in an Easter hope. Christ’s death reminds us that sacrifice and suffering are central to a faithful life, while [...]
Dear friends of TCF, This week’s lectionary reading includes Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” – a sometimes perplexing passage that presents a striking vision of life in God’s kingdom. Jesus describes the counterintuitive fruit of faithfulness: loss becomes gain, poverty becomes wealth, emptiness is filled to overflowing. His words confront our everyday ways of seeing, [...]
At one of our TCF Discovery Events this fall, I was introduced to a biology teacher from a local public high school. This past summer, he traveled with his geologist son to investigate the oldest rock in the world, considered to be billions of years old. Unlike his son, this teacher is uncertain about the [...]
[God] will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. …Let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:4-5 In this week’s lectionary reading, the prophet [...]
“I pray that God … may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that … you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his [...]
Michael Gulker recently reflected on his personal history, told through the lens of technology use. His experience sheds light on the need to discern how we, as Christians, might use technology well. We know that technology is always evolving, but when you’re a kid, this is hardly self-evident. I do, however, have a very distinct [...]
Dear Friends of The Colossian Forum, Before I share with you our thanksgiving and prayer requests, I want to situate the work of TCF within the story of Jesus and his people. This week’s lectionary texts begin with Jeremiah’s seemingly insane real estate purchase just prior to Judah’s exile into Babylon (Jeremiah 32:1-15) – a [...]