Patient Perseverance: A Spiritual Discipline

May 27, 2015

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the best, most faithful response to a problem wasn’t to jump in with a quick fix, but to persevere patiently and uncomfortably for a long time? In a recent TCF class, this question launched an important discussion. The conversation partners were all members of Calvin’s Academy […]

TCF in congregations: an update

May 20, 2015

(Click on picture to zoom in.) Here at TCF, we’re excited to be developing a program that equips local congregations to foster discipleship in the midst of difficult conversations. We’re increasingly confident that when churches face into the many cultural and generational tensions pressing on them, they find remarkable potential for Christian growth. So we […]

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 […]

Announcing: TCF’s 2014 Annual Report

April 30, 2015

TCF has been hard at work this year, focusing our resources on the development of a program to equip churches to pursue discipleship in the midst of cross-generational tensions. But before we rush too quickly into the future, we invite you to look back just a bit with us, to the banner year of 2014. […]

Faithfulness Under the Cross: Unity, Division & the Church

April 22, 2015

As churches across America work to foster discipleship amidst difficult conversations – sometimes poorly and sometimes well – there is a great deal we can learn from one another. TCF is grateful for the many Christians we encounter who willingly share their experience and wisdom in engaging conflict as an opportunity for spiritual growth. From […]

Welcome to Chris Brewer!

April 15, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Chris Brewer has joined TCF as Manager of Church Partner Development. He will provide leadership for our church-based program, developing resources and supporting congregations in their work to engage conflict as an opportunity for discipleship across generations. After completing an MA in Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and […]

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 […]