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  • Marvin P. Hoogland

    Contributing sermons since Aug 3, 2018
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About Marvin P.
  • Education: Calvin College and Seminary, B.A. 1957, B.D. 1962. Postgraduate studies in Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington IN 1957-1958. Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Th.D. 1966. Clinical Pastoral Education, Decatur Mental Health Center, 1975-1976. Theory and Practice of Family Therapy, Center for Family Studies/The Family Institute of Chicago, 1984-1986.
  • Experience: Pastor, Kanawha Christian Reformed Church, Kanawha IA 1966-1969. Pastor, Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, Champaign IL 1969-1974. Pastoral Counselor, Chicago Christian Counseling Center, Palos Heights IL 1976-1989; Director 1989-1998.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: From the cover page of "Living Responsively: Theological Reflections on Living in Relationships," (published posthumously): "Always deeply interested in theological questions, always questioning, Dr. Hoogland early on earned the ire of conservative church leaders in his denomination by daring to challenge the proper use of the word 'infallibility' in relation to the Bible....[H]e began his career life as a pastor, first to a large rural congregation, then to a university community. A midlife career change to fulltime pastoral counseling might have been expected to put theological questions on the 'back burner.' However, 'old theological issues took on new meanings,' he writes, 'in the light of painful human experience' as encountered in the lives of his counselees. 'Living Responsively: Theological Reflections on Living in Relationships' is the result of his efforts to tease out how the two--theology and human need--interact. First challenging the use of the word 'responsibility' in doctrinal concepts, he goes on to examine the broad scope of human relationships in terms of 'responsivity' instead. An engaging work from a unique vantage point."
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Sermons are being contributed by Dr. Hoogland's spouse, Thelma, from his files.
  • What I want on my tombstone: What IS on his tombstone: "Grace and Peace to you."
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  • Thou Art The Christ

    Contributed on Aug 9, 2021

    The deity of Christ has been often challenged, but is at the foundation of the Christian's confession

    God and man? Can that be true? The man, Jesus, is God? Yes! This is the confession of the Christian Church. Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man in one person. The Church confesses that “Our only comfort in life and death” is not found simply in God. God the Almighty, the Omnipotent, more

  • An Eternal Priest In A Changing World

    Contributed on Jul 7, 2019

    The epistle to the Hebrews describes Jesus as "a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."

    Our world is changing. Not only is it changing, but it is changing at an accelerating pace. The difference between our times and earlier times is not that now the world is changing whereas in earlier ages it wasn't. The world has always been on the go. Customs, institutions, knowledge, have more

  • Mutually Encouraged

    Contributed on Jun 26, 2019

    A sermon for a new pastor as he begins a new ministry, based on the apostle Paul's words to the church in Rome (Romans 1:1-17)

    MUTUALLY ENCOURAGED So, here I am, your new preacher. What am I doing here? What am I supposed to be doing here? Do you really need someone like me to be standing up here talking about God? I'm probably not the only one asking such questions, or, at least, thinking such questions. It more

  • What Are You Waiting For?

    Contributed on Feb 28, 2019

    Expectations are an essential part of life. The good news of Jesus' birth fills us with hopeful expectations.

    We've been waiting for what seems like a long time now, at least for the children. The presents have been under the tree for days and maybe weeks. Will it ever come? “We can't wait!” We've heard children say that again and again, haven't we? But there is good news for you, more

  • The Christian's Gain In Death

    Contributed on Sep 18, 2018

    Funeral sermon upon the death of an elderly believer

    Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (RSV) The apostle Paul was a man who had no fear of death. He was able to speak freely about the reality of death. Death held no terror for him. He even looked forward to it. Not that Paul was disillusioned with life and simply more