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Julius Medenblik Collection, 1996-2008 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Julius Medenblik Collection, 1996-2008

ID: COLL/551

Primary Creator: Medenblik, Julius (1960-)

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


President of Calvin Theological Seminary beginning in 2011.

Biographical Note

Julius Ted Medenblik, the eldest son of Lambert and Martha Medenblik (nee Vander Ploeg) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1960. His family became charter members of Faith Christian Reformed Church and for a short time he attended Kalamazoo North Christian School. In 1966 the family returned to the Fulton, Illinois, area when his father purchased the family farm that had been previously rented by Jul's grandfather. There Jul attended Fulton Christian Grade School and Fulton Community High School, and the family joined Bethel Christian Reformed Church, also in Fulton.

After high school, Jul attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. He graduated with a major in Philosophy and double minors in English and History while on a pre-law track that included a semester internship at a legal aid clinic in Harvey, Illinois. While at Trinity, he met Jackie Klain from Lansing, Illinois. Three weeks after graduation, Jul and Jackie were married, and three days after that they moved to Gainesville, Florida, where Jul entered the University of Florida Law School. During his law school days, Jul served as research assistant for Professor Joseph W. Little.

After graduating with a Juris Doctor degree cum laude, Jul obtained a position as an associate in the law firm of Stewart, Call, Byrd & Rozelle in Palm Beach, Florida. The Medenbliks joined Lake Worth Christian Reformed Church in Lake Worth, Florida, where Jul served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, catechism teacher, elder, and eventually chair of a Pastoral Search Committee. It is during those years that he felt called by God to ordained ministry, and in 1991 Jul, Jackie, and their four-year-old son, Joshua, left Florida and entered a Master of Divinity program at Calvin Theological Seminary. While at CTS, Jul did a summer assignment at Providence Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, and a full-year internship at First Calgary Christian Reformed Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was during the internship year that their daughter Julianne was born.

Following graduation in 1995, Jul accepted a call to Orland Park CRC in Orland Park, Illinois, to be the founding pastor of a church plant in New Lenox, Illinois. New Life Christian Reformed Church began worship services in a public high school auditorium in 1996, was organized as a congregation in 2002, and moved into its own building in 2003. During this time the church expanded from one to three worship services with over 700 people in total attendance.

Jul has served as a former board member and president of the CRC Loan Fund; former board member and president of the Chicago Christian Counseling Center; former board member and chair of the Classis Chicago South Home Missions Committee; Synodical Deputy from Classis Chicago South; board member and president of the Calvin Seminary Board of Trustees; synodical delegate to the synods of 1990, 2002, and 2006; and Church Planting and Development Point Team Leader for Christian Reformed Home Missions.

Upon receiving this latest appointment, Rev. Medenblik stated, "I am humbled by the opportunity to move from serving the church as a local pastor and in various denominational settings to the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary. One picture that we have in church planting in the Christian Reformed Church is embodied in the phrase, 'Deep Roots, New Branches.' Calvin Theological Seminary is deeply rooted in and nurtured by the church. We have a great opportunity to use those roots to nourish preachers and church leaders for the ministries and new opportunities that await us in the mission field around each and every one of us."


Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: "The Promise: The Story of Mary" --- 12/15/1996
Folder 2: "A Word of Surprise: The Story of Joseph" --- 12/22/1996
Folder 3: "What Do You See at Christmas?" --- 12/24/1997
Folder 4: "The Treasures of Mary" --- 12/24/1998
Folder 5: "Lessons from the Wisemen" --- 12/27/1998
Folder 6: "The Gift of Christmas" --- 12/24/2001
Folder 7: "Surviving Christmas: Finding a People to Belong to" --- 12/17/2005
Folder 8: "Seeing the Passion through the Eyes of Jesus" --- 3/6/2005
Folder 9: "Seeing the Passion through the Eyes of Peter" --- 3/13/2005
Folder 10: "Seeing the Passion through the Eyes of Pharisees" --- 3/20/2005
Folder 11: "Seeing the Passion through the Eyes of Barabbas" --- 3/24/2005
Folder 12: "Seeing the Passion through the Eyes of God" --- 3/26/2005
Folder 13: "The Last Words of Jesus" --- 3/22/1997
Folder 14: "The Week that Changed the World" --- 4/9/1998
Folder 15: "What Difference does Easter Make?" --- 4/12/1998
Folder 16: "Maundy Thursday" --- 4/1/1999
Folder 17: "The Ticket" --- 4/4/1999
Folder 18: "The Passion of the Christ: Who is Jesus?" --- 3/21/2004
Folder 19: "Understanding the Passion: What if it's True?" --- 4/11/2004
Folder 20: "Why Did Jesus Die and Why Did Jesus Rise? --- 4/15/2001
Folder 21: "Power to Face the Future" --- 1/5/1997
Folder 22: "Power to Overcome Adversity" --- 1/12/1997
Folder 23: "Power to Overcome Fear" --- 1/19/1997
Folder 24: "The Power to Overcome Apathy" --- 1/26/1997
Folder 25: "The Power to Overcome Shame" --- 2/2/1997
Folder 26: "The Power to Overcome Greed" --- 2/9/1997
Folder 27: "The Power to Overcome Lust" --- 2/16/1997
Folder 28: "Power to Overcome Sorrow" --- 2/23/1997
Folder 29: "Who is Jesus?" Part 1 --- 4/1/2001
Folder 30: "Who is Jesus?" Part 2 --- 4/8/2001
Folder 31: "Who is Jesus?" Part 3 --- 4/12/2001
Folder 32: "Portraits of Jesus: Gospel of Matthew" --- 3/1/2008
Folder 33: "Portraits of Jesus: Gospel of Mark" --- 3/8/2008
Folder 34: "Portraits of Jesus: Gospel of Luke" --- 3/15/2008
Folder 35: "Portraits of Jesus: Gospel of John" --- 3/22/2008
Folder 36: "These Are the Days of: Elijah" --- 1/8/2005
Folder 37: "These Are the Days of: Isaiah" --- 1/22/2005
Folder 38: "These Are the Days of: Ezekiel" --- 2/5/2005
Folder 39: "These Are the Days of: David" --- 2/12/2005
Folder 40: "Fact or Fiction: Is There a God?" --- 4/19/1998
Box 2
Folder 1: "What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?" --- 1998 December 20
Folder 2: "What if John Had Not Been Born?" --- 2004 November 28
Folder 3: "What if Mary had said 'No'?" --- 12/5/2004
Folder 4: "What if Joseph had said 'No'? --- 12/12/2004
Folder 5: "What If a Census Had Not Been Called?" --- 12/19/2004
Folder 6: "What If Christmas Had Not Come?" --- 12/26/2005
Folder 7: "Hearing God's Voice in America" --- 7/2/2005
Folder 8: "Hearing God's Voice Through Pain" --- 7/10/2005
Folder 9: "Hearing God's Voice at the Crossroads" --- 7/31/2005
Folder 10: "The Home as a Training Center" --- 8/16/1998
Folder 11: "The Home as a Trauma Center" --- 8/23/1998
Folder 12: "The Home as a Seminary" --- 8/30/1998
Folder 13: "Taking Care of Business: Meet the Boss" --- 2/16/2003
Folder 14: "Taking Care of Business: Current Economic Conditions" --- 2/23/2003
Folder 15: "Taking Care of Business: The Corner Office" --- 3/2/2003
Folder 16: "Taking Care of Business: Going Public" --- 3/9/2003
Folder 17: "Taking Care of Business: Paying My Dues" --- 3/16/2003
Folder 18: "The Gift of Community" --- 12/7/1997
Folder 19: "The Gift of Giving" --- 12/14/1997
Folder 20: "The Gift of Sex" --- 2/14/1999
Folder 21: "And He Will Be Called: Everlasting Father" --- 12/9/2001
Folder 22: "And He Will Be Called: Prince of Peace" --- 12/16/2001
Folder 23: "Are There Many Paths to God?" --- 5/20/2001
Folder 24: "Does God Have a Purpose for My Life - Really?" --- 1/13/2002
Folder 25: "Why Did Jesus Come Down to Earth?" --- 3/30/2003
Folder 26: "Discovering God's Will - Unfolding the Map" --- 1/19/2003
Folder 27: "The Case for Faith: Is Jesus the Only Way?" --- 5/2/2004
Folder 28: "Is the Bible True?" --- 4/26/1998
Folder 29: "The Church is Full of Hypocrites" --- 9/22/1996
Folder 30: "The Case for Faith: Can I Still Be a Christian If I Fail?" --- 5/23/2004
Folder 31: "What is the Point of Life?" --- 11/3/1996
Folder 32: "Why Isn't Life Fair?" --- 11/10/1996
Folder 33: "How Much Money is Enough?" --- 12/8/1996
Folder 34: "Risky Business: Gambling" --- 1/24/1999
Folder 35: "Becoming a Balcony Person" --- 8/19/2007
Folder 36: "Heaven: How Do I Prepare to Die?" --- 11/4/2007
Folder 37: "Story of Life: Making Room for One More" --- 9/23/2006
Folder 38: "Can We Gather at the Table?" --- 3/30/2008
Box 3
Folder 1: "New Life Means - a New Potential" --- 10/22/2000
Folder 2: "New Life Means - a New Family" --- 10/29/2000
Folder 3: "New Life Means - a New Confidence" --- 11/5/2000
Folder 4: "Our Source for New Life" --- 1/7/2001
Folder 5: "New Life Church: Building One Life at a Time" --- 1/14/2001
Folder 6: "Building Bigger Hearts: Get in the Game!" --- 1/28/2001
Folder 7: "Building Bigger Hearts: Stewards R Us" --- 2/4/2001
Folder 8: "Building Bigger Hearts: A Heart of Expectation" --- 2/11/2001
Folder 9: "Why Bother With Church?" --- 3/12/2000
Folder 10: "The Importance of the Early Years" --- 8/8/1999
Folder 11: "Why and How Should I Tell Others?" --- 3/26/2000
Folder 12: "How Can I Resist Temptation?" --- 3/19/2000
Folder 13: "How Does God Guide Us?" --- 2/27/2000
Folder 14: "Who is the Holy Spirit?" --- 3/5/2000
Folder 15: "Repairing Relationships" --- 11/8/1998
Folder 16: "Who Will Go?" --- 5/7/2000
Folder 17: "How Can I Be Sure of My Faith?" --- 1/23/2000
Folder 18: "Why and How Should I Read the Bible?" --- 1/30/2000
Folder 19: "Why and How Do I Pray?" --- 2/6/2000
Folder 20: "Is Christianity Boring, Untrue, and Irrelevant?" --- 1/2/1999
Folder 21: "The Crucial Role of Elders"
Folder 22: "The People God Uses: Adam and Eve" --- 6/3/2001
Folder 23: "The People God Uses: Esther" --- 8/5/2001
Folder 24: "The People God Uses: Jonah" --- 8/12/2001
Folder 25: "The People God Uses: Simon Peter" --- 8/19/2001
Folder 26: "The People God Uses: What Might Have Been" --- 8/26/2001
Folder 27: "Deadly Distractions: Anger" --- 10/21/2001

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