Your Questions

Your questions are causing us to search the Scriptures for answers.

We will address your questions in the month of November:

  • 11/3–What is the meaning of marriage?
  • 11/10–What is your perspective of our 20 years together?
  • 11/17–How do we love in an uncivil age?
  • 11/24– What does it really mean to be a child of God?


Your Questions 2019-11-05T18:50:34+00:00

You Asked For It!


Since Epiphany is the season of Jesus’ teaching, the following topics will be addressed during January and February during Epiphany:

How do I handle:

  • January 8Anxiety?
  • January 15Conflict?
  • January 22Marriage & Family?
  • January 29Taxes?
  • February 5Sunday Work?
  • February 12Immigrants?
  • February 19Integrity […]
You Asked For It! 2017-10-10T09:25:17+00:00

The Prodigal God: Find Your Place at God’s Table

The Prodigal Son is one of the most famous stories that Jesus ever told. Tim Keller, the C.S. Lewis of our generation, says that it is really God who is prodigal, not in the sense of running away, but in the sense extending extravagant grace.

Using Keller’s book, The Prodigal God: Find Your Place at […]

The Prodigal God: Find Your Place at God’s Table 2015-12-26T08:51:29+00:00

Donate Blood 06-07-2015

NBRC is participating with St. Bernard to donate blood for the Blood Bank. The next collection will be on June 7th at St. Bernard Parish Center between 8:30am to 1:30pm.

Watch this brief interview in which Kip Bateman talks to Pastor Todd Buurstra regarding blood donation.

Donate Blood 06-07-2015 2017-10-10T09:25:18+00:00

Proof of the Existence of God…

I didn’t sleep that well Tuesday night. Foolishly I went to bed mad that our leaders did not seem to be able to get along and work things out. Like you, I was mad that people are inconvenienced, or government workers are paid without working, and that we were playing with the dynamite of default. […]

Proof of the Existence of God… 2017-10-10T09:25:18+00:00

Trayvon and Todd

I really don’t have much to say in our national conversation about race after the George Zimmerman trial, and I think that’s good. You see, I can’t get it. I can’t possibly understand the racial reaction.

I grew up in a white school, in a white suburb when Grand Rapids, like Detroit and Newark, were being […]

Trayvon and Todd 2017-10-10T09:25:18+00:00

DOMA and the Church

Perhaps you have watched the news about the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (giving federal benefits to gay marriages in states that allow them) and seen a man in a collar decrying our descent into Sodom and Gomorrah. Or maybe you have read an article that explains the biblical position as […]

DOMA and the Church 2013-06-28T08:55:10+00:00

From the Paster – December

Pastor Todd BuurstraIn November, our denominational magazine, The Church Herald, ran a fascinating blurb entitled, “Attending Church Can Help Teen School Grades.” This article explained research from the University of Iowa that evidenced two main effects of teen churchgoing:

  1. higher than average grades […]
From the Paster – December 2017-10-10T09:25:25+00:00

From the Paster – September

Pastor Todd BuurstraGod is growing our mission! As of September 15, 2008 North Branch will close on the Lawrence House. $360,000+ has been raised towards the $450,000 purchase of the house. And from January 1, 2009 the mission of this house […]

From the Paster – September 2010-11-15T15:10:50+00:00