The Walrus Hunter

February 01, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

He was a hunter, a Siberian Yupik who lived in the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the western half of the Bering Sea. An American, living 30 miles from Russia. A First Nation hunter, dying from the white man's disease, tuberculosis.

Many of the other villagers had also caught the disease. Most had died, leaving only a few healthy people in Savoonga.

Nathan Noongkook, hardly able to breathe, had reconciled himself to a wheezing death.


January 13, 2017 / Seth Pierce

It is a cruel fact of life that clothes wear out — even the ones we like best. We sadly say goodbye to our favorite sneakers when they fall apart, grieve the miniature version of that special shirt that didn’t survive the dryer, and hold a special ceremony for that pair of jeans — broken in through hiking trips and ball games — that needs to be properly buried and mourned as we turn our attention to the epic quest upon us to find another pair. These quests intensify when clothing is needed for special events like weddings or interviews.


January 11, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

It was entitled “A Noseworthy Issue.” The title of the first Let’s Talk column in January 2008 led to an apology of sorts. Our malfeasance was undeniable. Recent issues of the Gleaner had wafted noxious odors into mailboxes across the Northwest and beyond. An aqueous coating applied to our paper during printing had putrified, casting a pall upon every page.

Faith for the Future

January 05, 2017 / John Freedman

Dec. 7, 1892, was a banner day for 103 eager scholars enrolled for the first day of classes at the newly established Walla Walla College. Some of our current Northwest members have family ties to those first students who, along with the staff and faculty, pioneered the first Adventist college in this corner of the country. Thousands of our members around the circle of the globe are still connected to the Adventist mission and message due to this vital institution so close to our hearts.  

Six Suggestions for a Happy New Year

December 28, 2016 / Martin Weber

“Happy New Year” is a dubious prospect for the world in 2017. But for us who cherish God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth, the trials of this present evil age are a prelude to the eternal glory awaiting us.

More than we may realize, workplace and classroom friends are ready now for what Seventh-day Adventists can offer. A loving local church that also teaches truth for our time is both a haven of healing from past hurts and a beacon of hope for the future.

And on Earth, Peace

December 14, 2016 / Martin Weber

It’s been a brutal year. Terrorists mingling with refugees violated Europe’s welcome, wreaking carnage. Christians residing in radical Islamic territories have been beheaded, crucified or displaced from ancient homelands.


December 14, 2016

Over the river and through the woods, the holiday rush is on. In the midst of shopping-mall crowds, jam-packed airports and bumper-to-bumper traffic, many look forward to one thing: going home for Christmas.

The song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was first made popular by crooner Bing Crosby and released in 1943 during the height of World War II. It captured the longing heart of the soldier to be beyond the fray, back home, warm, and safe from harm or danger.

Oh, the Humanity!

December 14, 2016 / Seth Pierce

Recently I watched a sermon on YouTube in which the speaker made the grand pronouncement he could solve all the issues facing the Adventist Church by doing a few simple things. He stated, “We need to get rid of human experience, human scholarship and human tradition and get back to the Word of God!”

Naturally, all God’s people said “Amen!” I mean, you kind of have to when the speaker ends his line with a bold “… the Word of God!” right?

Sadly, they “amen’d” an impossibility and a heresy.


December 14, 2016 / Steve Vistaunet

Patience is not typically a childish virtue when Christmas presents are in sight. In my recollections of seasons past, it wasn’t for me either — especially when my father made Rømmegrøt.

His dedication to Scandinavian tradition was partially to my advantage. Presents in our home were opened on Christmas Eve, while my friends had to cool their jets until Christmas morning. But to my singular disadvantage was my father's insistence that all presents should wait in their wrappers until the Rømmegrøt was done.

The Culture Test

November 06, 2016 / Seth Pierce

My wife and I like to regularly challenge our marriage through a sophisticated test called The Grocery List. The way it works is someone writes a list of items to procure from the local grocery store, while alternating between specific and vague descriptions of said items. For example, “1 10 oz. can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, 2 organic purple eggplants, a family-sized container of Sabra roasted pine nut hummus, and rice.” Rice?

This is where the test begins.