JZ's A to Z Blog


Pathway Financial Campaign Letter to Potential Donors

July 13, 2018
Behind the scenes the finance committee has been churning, seeking outside donors to help Pathway lift the financial load of Northwoods. Here is the fund raising letter that was sent to Pathway friends. The committee will continue solicitations should Pathway vote for the buildin...

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Single Mom Disconnected From Church Says "Do It!"

July 12, 2018
A week ago a Pathway family had over two friends of one of their children. The friends are newly engaged coaxed along in part by a 1-month old daughter whom they share. They live in southern Indiana where she’s studying for a teaching degree, and he’s i...

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Vision Part Deux

July 06, 2018
I wrote my first vision article feeling like it was part 1 of 2, though I really had no clue what part 2 would be about until we went on vacation.  While visiting friends in California we went with them over two Sundays to a newer satellite Saddleback Church.  Part 2 be...

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CRC Fan

June 19, 2018
Pathway received a surprise email this week from a secret CRC fan who watches our website including blogs. Here’s something she sent to the office. It’s published with her first name by permission. Joel Dear Pathway, I am from another Christian Reformed Church, but...

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Vision

June 15, 2018
“If the Gospel can change that dude, the Gospel can change anyone.” Bart Millard of Mercy Me ends the movie ‘I Can Only Imagine’ with those words talking about the transformation of his father from abusive monster growing up, to becoming his best frie...

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Unity Amongst Diversity

May 18, 2018
So, Pathway family, we stand at a crossroads moment in our search for a home. Three years of seemingly closed doors behind us and a decision most of us didn’t see coming in front of us. Back in November, after the most recent closed door, many of us found ourselves in tha...

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Northwoods' Article #2

May 04, 2018
Jeremiah 29 :11 Jan and I wanted to make a few points on the possible Northwoods' purchase. We develop our friendships and relationships through working together and committing our time and talents. This even happens during our times of hardship because we need to pick each othe...

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Northwoods' Article

April 27, 2018
The leadership team has requested articles about how the Northwoods site could be used as a mission outpost.  Here's the first of, we hope, a number of submissions. I Have a Dream What are you passionate about? What do you think about when you're not at work, at church...

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Wise Guidance on Sexual Purity

March 29, 2018
Parents, are you considering having "the talk" with your preteen son or daughter? Here is a recommendation from a Pathway parent who tried and recommends, "Passport to Purity. Here it is in his own words: "I would strongly consider looking into a weekend away with your preteen ...

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Ramblings of a Mad Man

December 15, 2017
During the summer of 2017, I preached a series on how the Bible and science really are two sides of one coin. For some, it’s interesting to explore the topic. One of those is Mike Bultema. My buddy Mike was fueled by desire for growth in the Bible/science debate by passing ...

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Ashley's Story

December 08, 2017
Two weeks ago Paul Siemer, Pathway’s worship director, shared deeply his struggle with panic attacks. Some of you may have wondered what Ashley, Paul’s wife, was thinking and feeling as she walked beside him during those dark days. Here’s her version.   ...

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Starbuck's Food Re-purposing

October 13, 2017
For the last year, Pathway has been re-purposing food with a local Starbucks. Usually packaged food is thrown away in the restaurant industry if not used by the packaged date. However, through Food Donation Collection Program, Pathway is able to assist with bringing our local dat...

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Why Turkey?

September 29, 2017
Michele and I will be visiting the seven churches of Asia Minor in the country of Turkey next February (Lord willing). We’ve found that hearing the Bible in the context of the land is of great value and inspiration. Here’s an article on why Turkey is so important to t...

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Extreme Weather; A Sovereign, Good God; and Modern Skepticism

September 22, 2017
What's the Christian explanation for a good, all powerful God allowing massive storms to decimate? Christian actor Kirk Cameron takes a great stab at an answer. Note the counter jabs by an author critiquing Kirk's explanation.     Some years ago, I had a friend i...

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Zuidema, Hup, and the Burmese -- What's Up?

September 15, 2017
Pathway Friends,   You hear me talk once in a while about Pastor Siang and a Burmese church plant in Indianapolis as well as Pastor Siang’s vision to unite Burmese people into the CRC. Here’s a clear look at his work and the beauty of this for the Christian Re...

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Our Guy Won!

September 08, 2017
In April, Alvin Plantinga was announced as the 2017 Templeton Prize laureate. The Templeton Prize is one of the world's largest annual awards given to an individual and honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension w...

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Where Was My Witness?

August 04, 2017
I know many of us attend various churches’ worship services throughout the summer as we vacation all over the United States and Canada. However, I am particularly glad I was able to attend one service in June at my home church Pathway. God had an appointment for me that mor...

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Conference--The Bible in Context

June 15, 2017
Yes, it was what I hoped. For 3 days I received a heavy dose of the Jewish background to the Biblical text. This type of learning has marked my most exciting encounters with the Word of God in the last 15 years. Here’s the back story. Some years ago I heard a recommendatio...

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Albany And A Burmese House Church

June 02, 2017
It was a whirlwind weekend that seemed driven by the winds of the Spirit whom the church of Jesus Christ celebrates as arriving this weekend in Jerusalem nearing 2000 years ago. God was, is, and will be at work through Word and Spirit. Pastor Siang and I touched down late aftern...

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A New Burmese Christian Reformed Church?

May 25, 2017
I just got off the phone with a Reformed church in Albany, New York, and I’m jacked! Now the back story. Tomorrow I fly to Albany, NY with Pastor Siang Hup who’s planting a Burmese Church in Indianapolis, IN and inviting a wave of Burmese immigrant churches to join ...

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Mike's Poem

May 02, 2017
It has been a very moving time at Pathway as we honored Mike's request for prayer for a kidney donor. In addition we sent the request out to schools, churches, and the St. John Chamber of Commerce. Inside myself I wondered how many years this might take and how worn down Mike's b...

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Post Worship: A Pastor's View

November 03, 2016
Background: On October 30 I preached a lesson “Reforming the Vote.” I recommended who to vote for and why. Worship Comments One 13 year old suggested the song after the teaching was the wrong choice. Because I suggested that we vote for God, he thought a better choi...

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Pride, Honesty, and Praise

October 13, 2016
Pride Pathway, what a church! You were at your best Sunday, September 18! And your guests noticed. I am still receiving written “spy reports” from the last several weeks, but this I can say from what spies already reported, “You are warm, inviting, and friendly...

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Media Work, God Works

September 20, 2016
So, I get an email early this morning (last Friday). One of our Pathway members was working at Crown Point Christian School handling the receptionist's desk for an hour during lunchtime. She volunteers at that position occasionally. She “happens” to take a call from a...

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Relaunch Expectations

September 15, 2016
So what do we expect to happen on September 18? I can tell you what I hope from what happened at a friend’s church. Faith Highland relaunched as a joint expression by a Highland CRC and Faith RCA in 2011. At that time it was a church of 150 original worshipers from Highlan...

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Do I Have To Do It All?

September 01, 2016
Pathway is expanding both in numbers and programs. While this is an exciting time for Pathway, it also brings about a fair amount of change. Change is hard! This fall we are adding a Sunday School, changing worship time to accommodate the unchurched (from 9:30 to 10:00 AM), and e...

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Feeding the Hungry Locally!

August 31, 2016
Pathway Church recently participated in a personal care products drive for the Cedar Lake Food Pantry. Here’s a brief look at what we helped with.    In 2015, over 8,000 people took home bags of groceries from a local food pantry in Cedar Lake! Every week about...

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Dallas Police Shooting -- How It Comes To This

July 12, 2016
First, I express my sympathy to the families of the slain and wounded, and to the Dallas police department who lost loved ones and work mates in the tragic shooting of July 7. You are called to protect and serve your community. While doing so, you were targeted and slain by a sni...

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"Born This Way"

July 01, 2016
How does the Christian community respond to this free sex, gender self-determination, spirit of the age? I read this article by Jon Bloom of Desiring God Ministries. It’s fantastic and deeply Biblical! I’m simply passing it on. What follows are his words in an article...

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Synod 2016: Homosexuality and the CRC

June 28, 2016
Many were watching this year’s synod meetings in Grand Rapids, MI for an indication whether the Christian Reformed Church will move in the direction of many main line denominations and bless ecclesiastical gay marriage. The answer from synod 2016 was a resounding, “No...

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Building Project

June 17, 2016
Yup, it’s begun. No, a spade is not yet in the ground. But on Thursday afternoon, June 2, and all day Friday, June 3, Pathway membership, both founders and newcomers, began to meet with Aspen, our Building Design Team, to envision a building project both affordable and beau...

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You've Become Joyful!

June 10, 2016
Pathway, I am proud of you. You have risen to the challenge of being a joyful, hospitable, warm, friendly, informal congregation. In my first weeks with you, I watched you enter the worship center/gym with seriousness and quiet, solemnity. Now you enter with joy, warmth, and chat...

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Cremation or Burial?

April 26, 2016
This question has been far more prevalent in the last 10 years of ministry. "Pastor, is it okay to cremate rather than bury? I want to be cremated to spare a large expense to my estate, but I don't know if it's right or not. What does the Bible teach?" I've even been asked this q...

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The New Morality

April 15, 2016
President Obama in an interview for the BBC2 series, “Inside Obama’s White House,” spoke to how he uses his voice in his work “to move things toward a more ethical and moral outcome.” I love the sound of that! And I say, “Amen, me too, Mr....

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Boy Today! Girl Tomorrow?

April 09, 2016
********* In preparing this blog, I wasn't accurate to the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms of their gender as established by their birth certificate. At press time, I thought the law required people to use a bathroom according to the gender of their body...

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Eating Daily, Personal Devotions

April 01, 2016
I love being married to a good cook.   Michele works it hard.  A bucket list dream for her is chef lessons onsite by Italy’s finest.   She’s not there yet, but she’s closing in.   Her buffet meals play a central role in the Zui...

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Tennessee Road Trip - Meeting the Chin

February 25, 2016
I had an amazing Monday.  Usually this time of year an “amazing Monday”  is my day off, spent tangling with Lake Michigan salmon on light spinning gear at a favorite hot water discharge.   However, the past Monday was a “work Monday” me...

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Why a Wild Game Dinner Potluck?

January 15, 2016
So, it’s over.  We had our bizarre wild food thing at Pathway Wednesday night complete with live animal entertainment.   Roughly 125 people came, many of them 10 and under.    What are we thinking?   Well, here’s what I&rsq...

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Growing Pains - Theirs, and Eventually Ours

December 10, 2015
I attended the St. John planning commission public hearing meeting on Monday evening to observe Schilling Builder’s approval process for a subdivision of 450 homes at the corner of 93rd, 101st, and White Oak.   It was a civics lesson on the power of the people. &n...

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Thanksgiving - My Favorite Holiday

November 18, 2015
I confess that Christmas and birthdays were my favorite “holidays” growing up.  As a typical child, it was all about the gifts and the attention centering on me.  Now that I’ve gained a few years, a few pounds, and a few less hairs, I’ve switched...

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Fall: God Dresses Up Creation and Invites Us to Come Out and Play

November 13, 2015
If you haven’t noticed yet, I enjoy the creation and take great delight worshiping God from a boat trolling on Lake Michigan, casting egg flies to spawning salmon in a clear river, or waiting for a big buck 15 feet above the earth in a tree stand on a glorious, colorful, ...

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