Almost Killed ... Again

May 04, 2018 / Martin Weber

Forty-seven years ago, a car accident almost killed me while driving to a Bible study. Last week that happened again. What lessons are there for survivors of such close calls?

Beyond the Veneer

April 28, 2018 / Steve Vistaunet

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … .”

What Will You Do With Jesus?

April 27, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Write two pages about what you did last summer.”

It was the worst assignment of the year. We fretted about it from the day school dismissed in June. Some wrote sample essays, memorized them and then wrote them out when Miss Townsend gave The Assignment on that terrible first Monday of the new school year.

The year I was to graduate from high school, Pastor Jake, the Bible teacher, took Miss Townsend’s assignment and threw us a real curveball.

Northwest Native Ministries Interview with Monte Church and Steve Huey

April 26, 2018

Native ministries is a vital part of church mission in the Northwest. Steve Huey became Native ministries director for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) in September 2017, taking over for long-time director, Monte Church. As part of this leadership transition, Huey recently conducted an interview with Church about his journey and the future of Native work in the Northwest.

Steve Huey: Monte, tell us of your background for those who do not know.

Growing Young

"Growing Young" is a term being heard frequently around some Northwest Adventist churches. It tops the list of current priorities for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC). In last month’s Gleaner feature, John Freedman, NPUC president, said, “Our churches are growing older. Let’s stop … kicking this down to some future spot in the road. It’s possible to make decisions today that will proactively engage our young people with Christ and the church.”

Is Easter for Adventists?

April 13, 2018 / Martin Weber

Some Seventh-day Adventists pointedly ignore Easter because of its ancient roots in paganism. But many others skip this annual opportunity to celebrate Christ’s resurrection for another reason: They simply don’t see it as central to our faith.

While most Adventists around the world believe the reality of Christ’s resurrection, some underestimate its relevance to salvation and Spirit-filled living. By contrast, early Christians staked their lives — in this world and for eternity — on the risen life of Jesus. His resurrection reverberates throughout the New Testament:

Rage Flu

April 12, 2018 / Seth Pierce

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.