McKnight Book Named Resource of Year

VISTA, CA (February 29, 2012) – Outreach magazine has named Scot McKnight’s book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited as “Resource of the Year” in the evangelism category. McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Continue Reading »

Alexander: Mass Incarceration the New Jim Crow

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 27, 2012) – Few people paid attention to Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness, when it was released two years ago. Slowly but surely, however, study groups in churches and elsewhere focused on the book, and word began to spread. It is now arguably the most influential book about mass incarceration. Continue Reading »

Funeral Service March 3 for Rollie Carlson

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (February 26, 2012) – A funeral service for Rollie Carlson, former president of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence (CMB) of the Evangelical Covenant Church, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Libertyville Covenant Church, 250 South St. Mary’s Road in Libertyville. Continue Reading »

Links: What Covenanters Are Talking About Online

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 24, 2012) – 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. Following is a sample of those submissions – their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Baptism Sometimes Calls for Creativity

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 23, 2012) – Most members of Immanuel Covenant Church are immigrants from around the world, and their theological preference for baptism generally is immersion. That has sometimes presented a problem for the congregation because like most of the churches built by Swedes in the late 1940s, it has no baptistery. Continue Reading »

Conference Initiative Focuses on Hunger, Nutrition

By Stan Friedman

TAMPA, FL (February 23, 2012) – The Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to encourage Hispanics, who suffer high rates of obesity, to eat healthier diets. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Tax Guide, Dental Mission Trip, 125th Fete

Ministers Tax Guide Available

CHICAGO, IL (February 22, 2012) – The Minister’s Guide for 2011 Income Tax by Conrad Teitell is available for free from the Covenant Bookstore. A minimal shipping and handling fee will apply. The 72-page guide is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Taxes are due April 17 this year. Continue Reading »

Alaska Christian College Receives Accreditation

By Stan Friedman

ORLANDO, FL (February 22, 2012) – Alaska Christian College (ACC) received accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education at its meeting here on Tuesday so the school can now offer associates degrees and students can transfer credits more easily as well as have access to additional financial aid. Continue Reading »

New Bridges Play Key Role in African Communities

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON (February 21, 2012) – Missionaries in Africa continue to build bridges with the people to whom they are ministering. Continue Reading »

Funeral Service April 7 for Beth Swanson

GRANTSBURG, WI (February 21, 2012) – A funeral service for Beth (Cole) Swanson, 97, widow of Evangelical Covenant Church minister Earl Swanson, will be conducted at 11 a.m. April 7 at Calvary Covenant Church. She died February 13 in Ft. Mill, South Carolina. Continue Reading »