Richard Rhem is pastor emeritus of Christ Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan, which he served for 37 years. He graduated from Hope College (B.A.) and Western Theological Seminary (B.D. & M.Th) in Holland, Michigan. He continued his studies with Prof. Hendrikus Berkhof at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he received a Doctorandus degree, and did post-doctoral studies with Professor Hans Küng at the University of Michigan.
Starting in the mid 1980’s, he began to seriously question some of the traditional Christian dogma that he had been espousing from the pulpit. That questioning was a first step in a long and interesting spiritual journey, one that he openly shared with his congregation. His journey is important, in part because it is reflective of the questioning, the yearnings, and the gradual revision of beliefs that many persons in this part of the century have experienced and continue to experience. It is important also because of the affirming and inclusive way his questioning was done and his thinking evolved, keeping the core of the gospel, the loving way of Jesus, intact. His sermons and other written and spoken materials together document the steps in his journey as it took a turn in 1985, yet continued to revolve around the framework and liturgies of the Christian calendar.
A Journey of a Thousand Sermons
A thousand sermons, each a thoughtful step in a long journey of deep probing and wide learning, from a devout defender of Reformed doctrine to an open mind and a wamr heat welcoming people of all faiths or no faith at all, whil always grounded in the Way of Love that is for this pastor the Way of Jesus.