News for July 2018

Cougars, Vandals Meet on Common Ground

July 19, 2018 / Karri Walde

Each Friday evening you will find a group of university students from Washington State University (WSU) and University of Idaho (U of I) gathered for an evening of vegetarian home-cooked food and a Bible study discussion group.

Moscow (Idaho) Church associate pastor Natashia McVay and her husband, Marshall McVay, Moscow Church pastor, host, cook for and provide a surrogate home environment for several university students each Friday evening. The young people love to meet and share with each other and the pastors their questions, thoughts and life issues.

Sunset Lake Is a Summer Highlight for Blind Campers

July 18, 2018 / Katie Henderson

What if camp was the only place you could really reconnect with your friends? What if you made lifelong friends with your fellow campers during that one week of camp? This is what it’s like for 13 campers during a special week of blind camp at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash.

A week of camp is one of the highlights of Alan Bridgeford's summer. The Bothell, Wash., native has been blind since he was very young, but that doesn't stop him from participating in some of his favorite activities with his friends, such as zip lining and playing the accordion during the talent show.

The Giant Must Fall

July 18, 2018 / John Freedman

We all face giant, challenging issues sometime in our life. We face them personally and as families, as individual churches and as a worldwide movement, as citizens and as a country. 

Equality and Submission: Contradictory or Compatible?

July 17, 2018 / Martin Weber

Christology — the study of Christ — has suffered theological conflict throughout church history. Lately some Adventists have raised questions about who Jesus is in relation to God the Father. A few on the fringe even believe Christ was derived from God, just as Eve was created from Adam.

Such confused Christology revives the ancient heresy of Arianism: that Jesus, the divine Creator of this earth, was Himself created by the Father. It naturally follows that not only Jesus but women are inherently secondary and subservient: Christ to the Father and women to men.

Testing Without the Stressing

July 16, 2018 / Seth Pierce

As I write this latest installment of my monthly column, I am embarked on preparations for my Ph.D. qualifying exams this fall. This means my brain is overloaded with random bits of information pertaining to Husserl’s phenomenology, Derrida’s critique of that phenomenology, the history of radio (which includes the odious Father Coughlin and the heartbreaking Kristallnacht), the philosophy of the mirror’s double reflection, symbolic interactionism, and so so so so much more … so much more … .

First Project Completed at MEA With Matching Grant

July 12, 2018

On April 20, the Adventist Education Foundation (AEF) board voted to pledge up to $100,000 for maintenance projects and campus improvements at Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., if the academy raised matching funds up to $100,000 by May 1, 2019.

The first project under this matching grant has been completed with Academy Drive being repaired, sealed and striped on July 1 under the direction of Brent Tungesvik, MEA maintenance director.

When You Grow Up

July 12, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The young man who asked me the question was celebrating his sixth birthday and making some choices that would seriously impact his life.

I thought for a moment, relishing the taste of a very good birthday cake.

“A fireman,” I answered.

He considered, and then pronounced his blessings on my choice. We laughed, and he took me outside to break a piñata. That was long ago, but his question still echoes. Especially when I’m looking through old photos.

Right Outside Your Door

July 11, 2018 / Darin Patzer

My residence is in Washington, but I live in the state of Cognitive Dissonance.

Webster’s defines the term as the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions. Our subconscious mind gathers facts and trends that often go unrecognized in our busy, over-planned lives. But connecting the threads, I’ve lived my entire life with the sneaking suspicion I am living in the “last generation” of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24.