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.

Moving Beyond Cynicism

September 7, 2016

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you. ~ Psalm 139:17-18 Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but when I try to make sense of America’s current […]

From Shouting in a Hurricane to the Living Christ

August 3, 2016

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1 Istanbul. Nice. Dallas. Baton Rouge. Minneapolis. Orlando. Outrage. Mourning. Despair. Defensiveness. Anxiety. Fear. Proclaiming the message of the Prince of Peace in times like these can feel like shouting […]

It’s Not That Complicated

July 6, 2016

But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean?’” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of […]

Becoming First Responders of Hope and Faith

June 8, 2016

I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me. – Galatians 1:22-24 Dear Friends, The name of Saul struck fear […]

Hospitality in Action

May 4, 2016

A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged […]

Accepting and Receiving Christ’s Peace

April 6, 2016

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. […]

Image Management and Confession

March 2, 2016

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” –Psalm 32:5 Dear Friends: As our country is ramping up for a presidential election later this year, we see and hear many campaign […]

A Journey of Transformation and Hope

February 4, 2016

“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”  – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Dear Friends, As we move into the season of Lent during […]