Kamiah (Idaho) Church members planned a "Carols for Christ" worship service during this past Christmas season to honor Jesus by depicting His miraculous birth, ministry on Earth, atoning death, incredible resurrection and hoped-for soon return.
As the children's choir began their practice, church members organized into their jobs of providing songs, narration and some light pageantry. The dining room was decorated attractively and a menu planned for the members and invited guests to enjoy after the service.
The Walla Walla University community gathered last month in our campus church sanctuary in a challenging context. A few days before, university administrators began exploring reports of a social media post that featured a small group of WWU students, one that seemed to be a clear example of blackface, a symbol of racism and oppression. The pain of the incident touched the full spectrum of our campus family represented in that space — faculty, staff and students from nearly every ethnicity.
Renae Young has accepted the invitation of the Montana Conference to become superintendent of education and youth ministries director. Young will transition from the Upper Columbia Conference in July once she finishes the current school year as principal of Yakima Adventist Christian School in Yakima, Wash.
When Billy Graham’s death made it onto social media, I sifted through a variety of passionate responses — not all of them pleasant. While some praised the evangelist’s incredible legacy of preaching the gospel, others criticized his comments on Jews having too much control in the media, as well as his stance on gay marriage. Beyond the praise and criticism, strands of outright hatred loaded with vulgarity celebrated the death of a man who, despite controversy, was responsible for more good than a million judgmental social media junkies put together.
Recently I bore the crushing burden of a stopover in Fiji after preaching for a camp meeting in New Zealand. More specifically, I spent two days on the remote Mana Island — population 400. This doesn’t include the resort, which, due to the off-peak season, didn’t have all that many tourists. This meant most of the white sandy beaches were vacant, and I often had the infinity pool to myself. I’ll pause to allow you time to work through your envy. Yet, while the downtime from an intense speaking schedule was welcome, I got a bit restless after the first day and decided to go exploring.
Saturday night is a busy time for 911.
Frank and Sue were clubbing at the close of a busy week, dancing and drinking. Arriving home at midnight, they started arguing, yelling in each other’s face.
This fight was furious. But suddenly, whatever the problem was, it went away. Right in the middle of their curse-out contest, Frank dropped to the floor. Dead.
The argument was over. Sue won!
The marriage was over too. In one failed heartbeat, Sue went from angry wife to grieving widow.
On Saturday, March 10, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Pathfinder Bible Experience was held at the Cloverdale Church in Boise, Idaho. The 15 teams from around NPUC that had successfully passed through their local conference level events were challenged to recall points of Scripture from the books of Esther and Daniel. Teams that scored 90 percent and above during this union-level event qualified to attend the division level Pathfinder Bible Experience on April 21 in Hawthorne, Fla.