Bruce Laverman

Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

Evangelectionary for Sunday January 8, 2017

Lectionary Texts (Year A): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 Focus Text: Matthew 3:13-17 (with support from Isaiah 42:1-9) Theme: The Transforming Servant Reflection: “Remember your baptism!” In many churches this Sunday, Martin Luther’s famous words will resonate in a special way, calling us to anchor ourselves in that initial moment of God’s public claim on our lives. But […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, January 1st, 2017, Second Sunday after Christmas

Texts:  Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:1-9, 10-18 Message:  “Don’t Leave Home Without It!” Remember those who left home, but not without hope: Abraham, Israel (exile), Joseph and Mary, Jesus, Apostle Paul, Jews of the dispersion, immigrants, including those who came to America and still are coming.  Remember the times in our own […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Lectionary (Year C):  Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) Theme: Mary’s song of praise to God for the honored bestowed on her Message: “God’s Choice; Mary’s Song” Two observations from this song of Mary: 1)      He will be great In the course of history the world has seen many […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, December 4, 2016

Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12   Message:  “Don’t Leave Home Without It!” Remember those who left home, but not without hope: Abraham, Israel (exile), Joseph and Mary, Jesus, Apostle Paul, Jews of the dispersion, immigrants, including those who came to America and still are coming.  Remember the times in our […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, November 20th, 2016

“Be Still and Know That I Am God” Psalm 46 Bruce Laverman Towerpoint Resort Chapel, Mesa, AZ Sunday, November 20, 2016 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth…The Lord Almighty […]

Small Church on a Big Mission

While we often hear stories about big companies, the reality is that the majority of businesses—99 percent, in fact—are small. The same is true for churches. Megachurches might get most of the press, but small churches can accomplish a lot. I am grateful to be called to serve as a pastor of a small church […]

When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest Church (RCA) meets in the Integrated Fabric Resource (IFR) factory in Zeeland, Michigan. And the unconventional location isn’t the only unusual thing about the church’s arrangement with IFR. When LifeQuest asked the company president about moving into his building, he came back to them with a request of his own. “His comment was that […]