Michael Gulker

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.

Thanksgiving for Christ the King

November 20, 2015

As we come upon the holiday (holy-day) season, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a time to give thanks for the many blessings God has lavished upon us. More recently, however, it has become the last day before Black Friday. Thanksgiving for God’s abundance is replaced by violent conflicts over the last [fill in the blank] on […]

Prayer Letter, October 2015

October 7, 2015

The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed…” – James 5:15-16 Dear Friends, In their book, Church Refugees, Josh Packard and […]

Prayer Letter, September 2015

September 2, 2015

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. – Psalm 125:2 Dear Friends, Just for a moment, step with me into the shoes of the Israelites as they settle the Promised Land. Threatened by mounting pressures on all sides, they daily face a choice to rely […]

Prayer Letter, August 2015

August 12, 2015

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. – Psalm 51:1 Dear Friends, We all know the feeling of getting it wrong, that sinking sense that we’ve missed an opportunity—or worse—perhaps hurt someone we love. These are moments we dread, but they are also moments we desperately need. For it is only […]

Prayer Letter, July 2015

July 8, 2015

Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10 Dear Friends, As we here at TCF wrap up a remarkably active month, I’d like to thank you for your prayers on behalf of our team […]

Prayer Letter, June 2015

June 3, 2015

“For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure…” – 2 Corinthians 4:17 Dear Friends, I’m excited to share with you what’s in store in the month ahead. As we prepare to equip churches for engaging conflict as discipleship, we’ll conduct a workshop with a team of scholars […]

Ascension Day: A Reflection on Acts 1

May 14, 2015

Ascension Day is a big day for TCF. It marks Jesus’ enthronement above every other power, dominion, and authority. Every dispute about his status as King of Kings and Lord of Lords has been definitively settled. Jesus is Lord of all, he is our Lord, he is Lord of our enemies, and he is even […]

Prayer Letter, May 2015

May 6, 2015

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 Dear Friends, This week the lectionary leads us to 1 John 4, a stunning passage about the love of God, lived out among his children. We’re cautioned that we cannot love God without also loving our brothers and sisters (v.21), which reflects the very core […]