Columns

Storykill

February 26, 2015 / Seth Pierce

The ghosts of dead stories haunt everyone.

I write this after the devastating loss of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle is reeling from what every major news source calls “the worst play-call in Super Bowl history.”[i] Making it especially painful is the series of unlikely “wins” that brought Seattle to the 1-yard line, with three downs to go and certain Super Bowl victory.

Interacting With an Atheist

February 23, 2015 / Martin Weber

“Would you mind if we had a little fun at your expense?” Paul, a Christian, teased his atheist brother, Ron.        

“As long as you know I’ll counterattack,” Ron replied, relishing one of their frequent friendly arguments. “What is it this time?”

“Okay, you asked for it. Would you believe I can show that your origin as a human being is rooted in the life of Jesus Christ? And I’ll use your own words to prove it — your answer to one simple question.”

“That’s ridiculous,” Ron scoffed.

Pass the Baton

February 18, 2015 / Max Torkelsen

The very air in the stadium feels electric with anticipation. Fans, 100,000 of them, sit forward, awaiting the starting gun, as you and the other athletes prepare to run the race. Ahead of you, the track has been carefully leveled and compacted, the running lanes marked with chalk. 

Although you’ve rehearsed this a thousand times, the reality hits home. It’s time. You firmly set your feet in the starting blocks and place your fingers right on the line. There is a moment of intense focus, and then … the crack of the starting gun.

Go Therefore and Mingle

February 04, 2015 / Seth Pierce

Most able-bodied 4-year-olds demand assistance opening doors that are too heavy, picking up the host of toys they dumped all over the house and purchasing more of said toys for further dumping in aforementioned house. However, my 4-year-old will stand at the top of the stairs and cry for aid in order to be able to walk down the stairs.

Mystery

February 04, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them?" Psalm 8:3,4 NIV

As I write this, the recent holidays have added a certain heft to my frame. Festive delights down the hatch have pushed best intentions down the drain. Expectant women revel in the glory of being “great with child.” I am “great with girth.” And, believe me, there is no glory in it.

A Memo to Protesters

January 28, 2015 / Martin Weber

“What do we want? Dead cops!”

The wish of that angry mob came true in New York City when two peace officers on a crime watch were killed while quietly eating lunch. Their murderer had boasted he would “put wings on pigs.”

Fidelity

January 09, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

“Religion operates on the principle that ‘I obey, therefore God accepts me.’ But the gospel is ‘I’m accepted through what Jesus Christ has done, therefore I obey.’" Timothy Keller

I once tried navigating the length of a balance beam. To my uninitiated eyes, it looked deceptively easy — until I climbed aboard. That 4-inch-wide plank was just 4 feet off the ground, but I might as well have been suspended over the Grand Canyon. To match the Olympic feats of unaided somersaults or flips on such a slender surface will be forever beyond me.

Making Way for Ministry

January 05, 2015 / John McVay

Friday afternoons can seem slow at Walla Walla University. After a week of rigorous classwork, it seems reasonable our students would ease up in anticipation of Sabbath rest.

However, for a good number of our students, Friday afternoons signal the start of an active engagement in worship ministry.