Conference, Course in Colombia Focuses on Trafficking

By Stan Friedman

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (April 7, 2014) — Victims of trafficking now being restored through ministry of the Covenant Church of Colombia were among the presenters last month during a 10-day conference “United Against Human Trafficking and Abuse” (Unidos Contra el Trato Humano y el Abuso) that was held here and in a remote region of the country. Continue Reading »

Nyvall Lectures to Be Webcast Live

CHICAGO, IL (April 7, 2014) — Virgilio P. Elizonda, a Roman Catholic priest and professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present the Nyvall Lectures at North Park Theological Seminary on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Voices: Tool

By Chris Logan

OLATHE, KS (April 4, 2014) — Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles by Covenanters in church newsletters, individual blogs, and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Chris Logan is a worship arts minister and regular contributor to the Covenant’s blog Worship Connect. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Ford, Bad Posting Habits, Church Midlife Crisis

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (April 4, 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 of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Timothy Johnson: Medicare an Answer to Health Care Crisis

By Colette Claxton

PLANTATION, FL (April 3, 2014) — Dr. Timothy Johnson, senior medical contributor and former medical editor of ABC News, told 150 senior adults at Covenant Village of Florida that enrolling the United States population in Medicare would be the best and easiest answer to what he predicts will be skyrocketing health care costs and the desire to make insurance available to everyone. Continue Reading »

Online Lenten Art Series: Questions God Asks

CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2014) — We often don’t hesitate to come to God with our questions. But how much do we take the time to consider the numerous questions God asks of us throughout Scripture? He asks, not because he doesn’t know the answer of course, but rather to lead us to reflect on our lives and communities. Continue Reading »

Churches Establish Fund to Help with Mudslide Relief

SEATTLE, WA (April 2, 2014) — Several congregations here have established a combined special fund so people can contribute to relief and rebuilding work in the area of Oso, where a massive mudslide wiped out a neighborhood on the morning of March 22. Continue Reading »

Stories About Children Most-Read in March

CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2014) — A story about the Richland, Michigan, mother who asked people to “like” her son on Facebook as a surprise for him was the most-read story for the second month in a row. Colin has a disorder similar to Asperger’s and had told his mother that no one would come to his birthday party. More than 2.2 million people “liked” the page and the number continues to grow. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Joyce Lundell

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 2, 2014) — Former Covenant missionary Joyce (Anderson) Lundell, 89, widow of former Covenant minister Ken Lundell, died Monday. Services are pending. Continue Reading »

What Black Covenanters Want to Say to White Covenanters: A Companion Reprint

CHICAGO, IL (April 1, 2014) — Editor’s note: The April issue of the Covenant Companion features an interview with Alex Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church, in Madison Wisconsin, whose 3,000-word opinion piece in a local newspaper about racism in the city sparked an unexpected response. Near the end of the interview Gee addresses the question, “We’ve talked about these issues before. What’s different now?” Continue Reading »