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Five for Friday: Colonizing Worship, What Would You Say to Bill Cosby, the Bible in a Facebook Post

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 21, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

News Report Highlights Anti-Trafficking Ministry, Life of Church Member

ROCKFORD, IL (November 21, 2014) — A two-part news report by local TV station WIFR on human trafficking featured interviews with a former prostitute who is a member of First Covenant, and Genevive Dibley, leader of the church’s anti-human trafficking group the Society for the Abolition of Modern-day Slavery. Continue Reading »

A Pastoral Letter Regarding Ferguson

Dear Covenant Family,

One consistent promise throughout Scripture is that God weaves redemptive purposes even out of distressing and troubling circumstances. That bedrock promise and premise means we ultimately are bearers of hope to the world. This letter is a call for all of us to seek God’s redemptive purposes out of the pain and dilemmas presented by the saga of Ferguson, Missouri. Continue Reading »

Covenant Minister Caught Up in Mideast Melee

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (November 19, 2014) — The killings of four rabbis and a police officer at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday as well as subsequent reprisals, “represent a horrific chapter in the cycle of violence between the extreme factions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Covenant minister Andy Larsen, who was caught in the middle of the conflagration earlier this month while filming a documentary, ironically, about peacemakers in the region. Continue Reading »

Voices: The Cult of Family

WAYNE, PA (November 18, 2014) — Covenant minister Al Tizon is co-president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and Ronald J. Sider Associate Professor of Holistic Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. The article was first published earlier this month on the ESA website. Continue Reading »

River City Celebrates New Building with Grand Opening

By Megan Herrold

CHICAGO, IL (November 17, 2014) — River City Community Church, a Covenant congregation on the West Side of Chicago, celebrated the grand opening of its new building on Saturday, November 8, with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Continue Reading »

NPU Men’s Soccer Starts National Tournament Play Saturday

By Kevin Shepke

CHICAGO, IL (November 14, 2014) — The North Park men’s soccer team will begin its quest for a national championship this weekend after earning its fourth trip in the last five seasons to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this afternoon. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Typeface That Helps Dyslexics, Possible Prostitution Solution, Clergy Prepare for Ferguson Protests

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 14, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Pastor, First-time Director Was Shocked When Emmy Winner Agreed to Appear in His Movie

By Stan Friedman

REDWOOD CITY, CA (November 13, 2014) — A neighbor had asked Tony Gapastione “six or seven times” to consider helping a teacher at her child’s school perform Shakespeare.

“I love Shakespeare, that’s what I grew up doing,” says Gapastione, an actor and the creative arts pastor at Peninsula Covenant Church. But “I had no time to direct a bunch of kids, most of whom spoke English as their second language. Finally I said I would meet this teacher.” Continue Reading »

2015 Week of Prayer Material Available

CHICAGO, IL (November 12, 2014) — The 2015 Week of Prayer material is now available for free download.

The resource Prayer: Actively Waiting is a seven-session guide for individual and small group study, reflection, and interaction. It focuses on the lives of people in the Old Testament and how they prayed for protection, provision, peace, power, and promise. Continue Reading »