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.

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 […]

Prayer Letter, April 2015

April 8, 2015

“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast…”     – Isaiah 25:6 Dear Friend, “The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!” This week, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, we are reminded of the joyous future into which we have been called. The prophet Isaiah—long […]

A Better Way

April 2, 2015

We’ve grown all too accustomed to the destructive ways in which the media we consume shapes controversial issues, fueling contention and fostering division. Whether it’s online, on air, or in print, conflict seems to be the message of the day. It’s my hope that you share my conviction that there’s a better way. As heralds […]

Prayer Letter, March 2015

March 4, 2015

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Mark 8:34 Dear Friend, Jesus never sugar-coated the truth about what it would cost to follow him. He was straightforward about his path leading through self-denial and straight to the cross. And yet, he assured his listeners, […]

Prayer Letter, February 2015

February 4, 2015

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. – Psalm 111:10 Dear Friends, I’ve spent much of my time recently with pastors, seeking their input as TCF develops a program that will help churches to use conflict engagement as an opportunity for discipleship. I’m […]

TCF in TIME

January 30, 2015

The Colossian Forum’s work was recently recognized by a brief mention in Time magazine. In her article “A Change of Heart,” author Elizabeth Dias writes that we’re working with Justin Lee and Alan Chambers to “help evangelicals warm to the gay conversation.” This comment is so brief—and so easily misunderstood—that we thought we’d take a […]

Prayer Letter, January 2015

January 7, 2015

  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:15 Dear Friend, Happy New Year! As we prepare for all that 2015 holds in store, I’m deeply grateful for John’s reminder of the profound hope that is ours. Even on those days when we feel like darkness may […]