Reflections on the Gift and Challenge of Vocation from Richard Carlson

CHICAGO, IL (August 7, 2013)—Dave Kersten, dean of North Park Theological Seminary, recalls Richard Carlson, a retired pastor and professor emeritus at the school as, “a pastor among pastors, a scholar among scholars—widely read with tremendous expertise in the field of ministry—but probably best known for his care and mentoring of students. He gave the most significant portion of his vocational life to the seminary and the formation of a whole generation of Covenant ministers. I would not be in ministry today if he hadn’t guided and mentored my early and difficult years in ministry.” Continue Reading »

Carlson Memorial Service Will Be Webcast Live

CHICAGO, IL (August 7, 2013)—The memorial service for Richard Carlson, professor emeritus of North Park Theological Seminary and former pastor, will be live-streamed at Continue Reading »

Remembering Richard Carlson’s Courageous Voice for Racial Righteousness

By Covenant Newswire

CHICAGO, IL (August 6, 2013) – Since his passing on July 27, friends and colleagues of Richard Carlson are remembering him as a wise pastor and professor who had a heart of encouragement. But Carlson also possessed a prophetic voice that for more than four decades called the Evangelical Covenant Church to pursue justice and racial righteousness. It was a voice that spoke without equivocation in a Covenant Companion article published in August 1968. Continue Reading »

New CHIC Website Goes Live

CHICAGO, IL (August 6, 2013) – The website for CHIC 2015 is now online. The triennial gathering that draws thousand of attendees from around the world will be held July 12-17, 2015, on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. Continue Reading »

Sounds of Enablement: Baird McDowell’s Worshipful Response to Life’s Challenges

By Stan Friedman

DULUTH, MN (August 5, 2013) – Baird McDowell, who lives at the Our Place Covenant Enabling Residence, says he recorded his piano instrumental CD of traditional gospel songs and hymns in honor of his sister, Anna, who died from muscular dystrophy when she was 14 years old. Continue Reading »

Carlson Passing Most-Read News Story in July

CHICAGO, IL (August 5, 2013)—An article on the death of Richard Carlson, professor emeritus at North Park Theological Seminary, and posts about an apparently racially motivated fire that destroyed the sanctuary of a church in Minneapolis were the most-read Covenant News Service stories in July. Continue Reading »

‘Impossible Ideas’ Becoming Real Through Latin American Ministries

By Stan Friedman

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (August 2, 2013) – Integrating social justice with evangelism, advocating for victims of abuse, and training young leaders were key themes of the recently concluded triennial conference of the La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico de Iberoamerica (CIPE). Continue Reading »

CHET Agreement Promises Greater Ministry Opportunities

By Stan Friedman

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (August 2, 2013) – Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos (CHET) entered into its first-ever international agreement to provide free educational material with Covenant churches connected with La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico de Iberoamerica (CIPE). Continue Reading »

Japanese Students Get ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ in U.S.

By Stan Friedman

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (August 2, 2013) – Ten youth and their four chaperones from Fukushima, Japan, site of the 2011 nuclear plant disaster, are getting a chance to enjoy fresh air and numerous activities during a two-week trip spearheaded by Japan Covenant Church missionaries Pastor Shunichi and Masako Miyamoto, whose ministry works closely with Faith Covenant Church and Community Covenant Church (C3). Continue Reading »

Beacons of Reconciliation in a Historic Black Community

By Stan Friedman

MOUND BAYOU, MISSISSIPPI (August 1, 2013) – The ancestors of Darryl Johnson, pastor of Walk of Faith Covenant Church, were among the freed slaves who founded this town, the oldest municipality in the country to be started by African Americans, so his inauguration as its mayor last month was an especially meaningful moment for him, he says. Continue Reading »