Pastor Goes the Distance for His Church

By Stan Friedman

TWIG, MN (November 12, 2013) — Pastor Brad Shannon’s unusual fundraiser will demonstrate just how far he’s willing to go to help his small rural church construct a new building—1,500 miles through the snow. Continue Reading »

CWR Partners Delivering Relief

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (November 12, 2013) — Funds from Covenant World Relief will help plans to provide emergency food to 7,000 households on the Philippines island province of Leyte following the horrifying destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Continue Reading »

Inmate Who Spent 40 Years in Solitary Impacted Covenant

By Stan Friedman

NEW ORLEANS, LA  (November 11, 2013) — A 71-year-old man named Herman Wallace died of liver cancer at the Louisiana State University Medical Center on October 4. He had been released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary—Angola Prison—three days earlier after spending roughly 40 years in solitary confinement for the murder of a guard he most likely did not commit. Continue Reading »

CWR Responds to Storm Tragedy

CHICAGO, IL (November 11, 2013) – World Relief International is using funds from Covenant World Relief (CWR) to provide assistance in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan sliced through the central part of the nation and killed an estimated 10,000 people over the weekend Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 8, 2013) – 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 are posting five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Milwaukee Church Wins Zoning Lawsuit

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 7, 2013) — A lawsuit by Harvest Covenant Church against the city ended Monday when U.S. District Court Judge Charles N. Clevert entered an order approving Milwaukee’s settlement with the church. Continue Reading »

Rewind: A Conversation with Mark Hatfield

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2013) — This interview with the late Oregon Republican governor and senator Mark Hatfield was originally published in the August 15, 1972, issue of the Covenant Companion while he still was a member of Congress. Win Arn, then director of Christian education for the California Conference of Churches, interviewed his long-time friend. Hatfield was known for his strong Christian faith and a voting record that was not easy to categorize. He died in 2011 at the age of 89. This article is adapted as part of an occasional series featuring past Companion articles that retain particular relevance today. Continue Reading »

Covenanters Say LifeWay Apology Step in Right Direction

By Stan Friedman

LONG BEACH, CA (November 7, 2013) – Helen Lee, one of the two Covenanters who authored the “Open Letter to the Evangelical Church” that decried the use of Asian American stereotypes said she was “surprised but also thrilled” by yesterday’s apology from the president of LifeWay Christian Resources for publishing the “Rickshaw Rally” vacation Bible school curriculum nearly 10 years ago. Continue Reading »

‘Open Letter’ Most-Read Story in October

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2013) — The most-read Covenant News Service story for October was an article on two Covenant women who drafted an open letter calling evangelicals to stop promoting Asian stereotypes. The women also sought out signatories to the letter who included top Asian American scholars. National and international media reported on the letter. Continue Reading »

Ten Percent of Church Runs Marathon for Covenant Kids Congo

By Stan Friedman

CANTON, MI (November 6, 2013) — Getting some 120 people from Life Covenant Church to run the recent Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon wasn’t nearly as hard as member Anton Botosan thought it would be. Then they raised a lot more money than he expected for a water project connected with Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Continue Reading »