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.

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 […]










Mourning with those who mourn

January 19, 2016

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. This past weekend, our dear friend and colleague Craig Schrotenboer’s youngest daughter Chelsea Overbeeke unexpectedly passed away. Chelsea suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage last Thursday and died early Sunday morning. She is survived by her husband Anthony in […]










Prayer Letter, January 2016

January 5, 2016

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” – Matthew 2:9-10 Hello Friends, Happy New Year! […]










Prayer Letter, December 2015

December 9, 2015

“People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”  – Luke 21:26-27 Dear Friends, My kids love Christmas music. I’d like to say their tastes are […]










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 […]