May 15, 2024

Theology professor to present in Pella, Iowa about Dutch Reformed tradition

Dr. Kyle Dieleman will present on May 30 at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Pella, exploring faith formation insights from the Dutch Reformed tradition in the 1500-1600s and their relevance to contemporary contexts.

Dr. Kyle Dieleman, a Sully, Iowa native who serves as associate professor of theology and history at Dordt University, will host a presentation and dessert social at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa on Thursday, May 30 at 7 – 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP.

Dieleman will speak on “Faith in Flux: Discipleship Insights from the Dutch Reformed Tradition (1500-1600s) to Today.”

“I’m excited to invite participants to consider what the Reformed tradition can offer in terms of faith formation."

The Dutch Reformed tradition grew out of a time period filled with social and political conflicts, theological debates, and abundant religious diversity. In the 1500s – 1600s, Dutch Reformed Christians looked for ways to disciple Christians through theology and church life. These days, being a Christian in the United States can be complex and contested; what might we learn and apply from the early Dutch Reformed tradition?

“I hope attendees will come away with ideas about how Reformed theology and church history can provide insights into what faith formation and discipleship might ‘look like’ in contemporary contexts,” says Dieleman. “I also hope to show the ways the Dutch Reformed tradition holds on to its unique, beautiful emphases while also holding in tension the varieties of what it means to be part of the Dutch Reformed tradition.”

“Faith in Flux” will explore how early Dutch Reformed Christians approached their religious lives so that we might consider what it means to be hospitably and faithfully Reformed today.

“I’m excited to help people better understand the historical contexts and approaches of Dutch Reformed churches in the 16th and 17th centuries and to invite participants to consider what the Reformed tradition can offer in terms of faith formation,” adds Dieleman.

About Dordt University

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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