• ARE YOU STRANGLED BY COMFORTS, OR GLEEFUL IN GIVING?

    by Shawn Merithew on September 21, 2012

    It was cold up in the mountains on that Wednesday evening.  Even though Ecuador is located on the equator, when you are at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, the temperature at night is about forty degrees.  The Qechua church had no heating system — the people arrived from the fields wrapped in their familiar wool blankets.  The seats were simple wooden benches on a hard tile floor; there were no cushions or pew racks.  The sound system was also primitive — one microphone, one old distorted keyboard, and one very large speaker in the corner.  If this church were located in the United States, you would expect it to be in one of our most impoverished communities.

    Yet the people were so thankful, so open, so content.  Their church was just over twenty years old, born out of the fires (more…)

  • Where Were You

    by Reid Ward on September 14, 2012

    “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is a song written by country music artist Alan Jackson in the wake of the September 11 attacks. All of us who were alive in September 2001 remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I remember standing in the conference room of the church where I was serving, watching the images of commercial airplanes flying through a clear, cool New York sky and into the towers of the World Trade Center.

    As I sit here writing this article on September 11, 2012, I am reminded of how important it is to remember. Remembering is important to society because as Edmund Burke, the 18th century Irish statesman said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” History is important for the sake (more…)

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