Companion Book Briefs: The Bible’s No Joke, Culture a Deceiver, Scoundrels Are Fools

By Cathy Norman Peterson

CHICAGO, IL (May 13, 2014) — Editors’ note: These reviews of books by Covenant authors supplements reviews published in the magazine and are available on both Covenant Newswire and the Companion.
Continue Reading »

News Briefs: ‘Rest Stop’ Founders Honored, Northbrook CRC Donations

Gordon-Conwell Honors Covenanters for Community Service

BOSTON, MA (May 12, 2014) — The Gordon-Conwell Center for Urban Ministerial Education awarded its annual Making a Difference Award for Christian Service to five lay members of Covenant Congregational Church of Boston for their work in establishing and running a new drop-in center for the homeless. Continue Reading »

Repeat of History for ECCSS

By Stan Friedman

GAMBELA, ETHIOPIA (MAY 12, 2014) — Amid the cycle of hopes for peace repeatedly raised and dashed in South Sudan, the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan continues to expand its ministry to refugees while temporarily operating out of headquarters here—where it was founded by others who had fled previous violence in the 1990s. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: MVP Durant, Kierkegaard, What’s Up with Happiness

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (May 9, 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 »

NWC Families Find the World When They Go: Serve

By Kara Stromberg

Brooklyn Park, MN (May 9, 2014) — Nearly 200 children and family members from throughout the Northwest Conference converged on Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, recent for NWC Family Go: Serve, a day of service and experiential learning. Continue Reading »

Second Victim of Afghan Attack an NPU Grad

CHICAGO, IL (May 8, 2014) — Gary Gabel, one of three Americans shot to death at a hospital in Afghanistan last month, graduated with a business degree from North Park University in 1978. Continue Reading »

Human Chain Transfers Library Books to New Site

STANTON, IA (May 8, 2014) — Kristin King of the Stanton Covenant Church, was the first in line to the local library’s books along a chain of more than 400 people who were transferring the volumes from the facility’s old location to its new more spacious site on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Obituary: William Waters

SAN JOSE, CA (MAY 8, 2014) — The funeral service for Covenant pastor William Waters, 58, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alum Rock Church. He died April 12. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Alton Peterson

SPRING VALLEY, CA (May 7, 2014) — Retired Covenant pastor Alton Peterson, 85, died Monday, May 5. The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Mount Miguel Covenant Village Bailey Center. Continue Reading »

Benefits Group Files Brief to Overturn Housing Allowance Ruling

CHICAGO, IL (May 7, 2014) — The Church Alliance, a coalition of chief executive officers of 38 denominational benefit programs including the Covenant’s, has filed an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief seeking to overturn a decision by a circuit court judge last year that declared clergy housing allowances to be unconstitutional. Continue Reading »