On the eve of All Saints Day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a professor at the new University of Wittenberg in Germany, shares 95 statements, or theses, as a call to scholarly discussion. The theses are composed in Latin, the language of scholarship of his day, and addressed to his fellow scholars. He invites either face-to-face or written engagement with his ideas.
Hundreds of Northwest believers once again flocked to the 41st annual North Pacific Union Conference Regional Convocation, held May 18–21, 2017, at Black Diamond Camp near Auburn, Washington. This may indeed be the final convocation held at the camp, which is no longer able to effectively accommodate the event. Convocation organizers are actively looking for an appropriate 2018 location.
When churches, schools, pastors, teachers and parents work together on the gospel mission, amazing things can happen. David Glenn, pastor of the Chehalis Church in Washington, can tell you a thing or two about that.
Fourteen Northwest academy students each were recipients of the $500 Caring Heart Award scholarship made possible through three-way funding from the North Pacific Union Conference, local conferences and academies. Students were selected by their schools for exemplifying the spirit of the Caring Heart — a willingness to serve others.
God created us in His image to crave positive relationships. When we build on those relationships to lead others to Jesus, we find that truth often flourishes best when placed in the context of human connections. But making friends for Christ is no guarantee all will go well.
The legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government are currently seeking to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates.
I believe in freedom of religion but not the freedom to enforce religion, particularly acts of worship, nor the freedom to purge society of religion.
This means upholding both the establishment and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment to a high constitutional standard against powerful forces.