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Northwest Edition Vol. 21, No. 10

October 2011

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230 tons of dirt, debris removed from ancient Canaanite water system

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World Vision vindicated in hiring lawsuit brought on by former employees Supreme Court lets stand 9th Circuit ruling that allowed hiring based on religious beliefs Christian Examiner staff report FEDERAL WAY — The U.S. Supreme Court announced Oct. 3 that they have opted not to hear Sylvia Spencer et al v. World Vision, a religious hiring case that many surmised could have far-reaching effects for religious organizations. The case revolved around three former World Vision employees who were terminated in 2007 because the humanitarian organi-

zation said they no longer could support its statement of faith. World Vision requires employees to agree to and sign its statement of faith. Richard Stearns, president of the Federal Way, Wash., organization said the decision was a victory for religious organizations. “Today’s action by the U.S. Supreme Court represents a maSee WORLD VISION, page 8

Seattle to be a virtual site for upcoming Baptist gathering By Greg Warner SEATTLE (ABP) — In a little more than a month, Baptists of many stripes will gather simultaneously in dozens of cities across the country for a unique virtual meeting, during which they will not only worship and learn but spread out to work in their local communities. The occasion is New Baptist Covenant II, a three-day gathering being planned by Baptists from a number of different denominations and ethnic backgrounds. The Nov. 17-19 meeting is a follow-up to the first New Baptist

Covenant, a historic 2008 meeting of 15,000 Baptists at a central location in Atlanta, which brought together Baptists from 40 different denominations and groups for the first time ever—Caucasians, Asians, African-Americans and Hispanics. Rather than use air and ground transportation to bring the Baptists together this time, participants will rely on communication technology to traverse the miles. Most participants will gather at one of eight viewing locations that are linked by satellite feeds. Many more peo-

The “40 Days for Life” campaign is a period of concentrated prayer, fasting and community outreach seeking an end to abortion. Participants also have opportunities to peacefully interact with people as they enter an abortion clinic.

40 Days for Life Campaign continues quest to end abortion By Scott Noble TACOMA — Payton is fortunate. Several years ago, her mother—who was unexpectedly pregnant at the time with her—came to a clinic for a scheduled abortion. Outside the clinic, people were praying and holding photos of living babies during the bi-an-

nual 40 Days for Life campaign. Seeing this, the mother turned around and decided she couldn’t go through with the abortion. Payton was born and was adopted by her mother’s sister and brother-in-law, who had been trying to adopt. Payton is not the only life saved during this several-years-old ini-

tiative, however. Anne Jackson, director of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Tacoma, said the organization knows of at least 18 lives in the area that have been saved—probably many more. “We know there’s been many more, probably that we don’t See 40 DAYS, page 5

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Providing hope to broken men The Seattle Men’s Center provides quality Christian support and genuine love for men in life-challenging situations By Jennifer Ferrero

Chris Doehne (back row, second from left) was a little reluctant when he first entered the Teen Challenge program, but now thinks he might go into ministry after his internship.

SEATTLE — Chris Doehne clung to a slender bit of hope as he served his fourth jail sentence for drunk driving in 2009. An electrician’s apprentice, he was broken and overcome by alcohol and drugs, which manifested itself in criminal activity. Yet he still believed that God had his back. “I accepted Jesus Christ when I was eight,” the 28-year-old admitted, but in his teen years he started down a destructive path. For him and many other men, a second chance is nothing short of a miracle. Doehne’s uncle, Kent Doehne, a pastor at Columbia Heights Assembly in Longview, Wash., helped his nephew to see the light. The Seattle Men’s Center is a

Christ-focused facility that brings love and healing to men in desperate need of both. The program, part of the national organization Teen Challenge, offers often successful restoration through its oneyear residential Bible-centered program. Teen Challenge focuses not only on teens but on men and women in the midst of life-challenging issues who are 18 years of age and older, averaging between 22 and 30 years of age. The Seattle Men’s Center offers about 24 men at a time a drastic look at life outside of controlling issues such as drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex. The home, in a highend residential area, caters to men who are broken. According to the Rev. Pat Hogan, program coordinator at the Center,

“God opens doors for the men who come here.” The home environment is better than what most of the men have seen in their lives: 8,000 square feet with a pool, weight room and tennis court. It’s much more than a “hot and a cot” (a hot meal and a place to sleep for a night), Hogan added. The Center is far from being a temporary shelter. Residents must commit to staying for a full year. They will become students of the Bible, work in the community and be showered with love as they move through their past issues. The goal is to immerse the men in Christ’s teachings for a fresh start. More men are graduating at the end of the one-year term than ever See MEN’S CENTER, page 7

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230 tons of debris removed from Canaanite water system By Gary D. Myers BP News Service GEZER, Israel — An archeological team from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has uncovered a natural cave at the end of a Canaanite water system in Israel, shedding light on an Old Testament culture. The Gezer Water System Expedition, about 20 miles west of Jerusalem, is a joint project of the seminary and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Dan Warner, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at the school, and Tsvika Tsuk of the authority are directing the excavation of the ancient Tel Gezer water system, which dates as early as 1800 B.C. “The research at Gezer is important ‌ because of our commitment to understand the Bible within its historical context,â€? Warner said. “Any information we can gain to give better insights into the cultures of the biblical world helps us interpret the Bible. “Most think of the Canaanites as an old, rustic culture—not so. Digging the water system took great technical and hydraulic skill. This was a very advanced and sophisticated culture that had pronounced impact in biblical times.â€? It is believed the Canaanites cut the massive tunnel around the time of Abraham using flint tools. Measuring nearly 13 feet wide by 24 feet high at the opening and stretching 150 feet into the ground at a 38-degree slope, the Gezer tunnel is the largest ancient water system ever unearthed. Late in the final week of the 2011 dig, the seminary team found the

natural cave at the end of the massive rock-hewn water system—the prime objective of this season’s dig. It is believed that the system’s original water source is located in or near the opening of the cave. Creating a buzz The excavation, which removed 230 tons of dirt this summer, created quite a stir within the Israeli archaeological community. Numerous archaeological dignitaries made their way to Gezer to tour the site this year. Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron, two archaeologists who wrote an influential article on the subject in 2003, were among the guests. Sam Wolff and others from the Israel Antiquities Authority also visited the site. The seminary team encompassed the work of 33 people at different times during the summer. The buzz has continued in the United States. In October, Warner will present his research at the Oklahoma Water Research Symposium and Governor’s Water Conference, and in November, he will give lectures at the Near Eastern Archaeological Society and American Schools of Oriental Research meetings in San Francisco. The water system and the cave were discovered more than a century ago by Irish archaeologist R.A.S. Macalister during his excavation at Gezer from 1906-08. French archaeologist PÊre L.H. Vincent visited the water system and the cave during Macalister’s excavation. Neither archaeologist fully excavated the cave, and they offered conflicting descriptions of the cave and water system. Seeking answers During next summer’s dig, scheduled for May 27 to June 15, the New Orleans team will focus

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Members of the excavation team dig dirt and debris from the ancient Gezer water system, 20 miles west of Jerusalem. New Orleans Seminary is leading the exploration of the massive rock-hewn tunnel.

on excavating the cave in hopes of answering several lingering questions about the water system. First and foremost, the team will try to discover how the Canaanites knew about the water source. Warner believes the Canaanites found the water source through an opening in the cave located outside the city walls. He speculates that the tunnel was cut to provide the city with a safe water source during times of siege. “The tunnel is cut perfectly straight, and it’s very artistic,� Warner said. “You don’t cut something like that blindly.

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You have to know water is down there. You just aren’t going to spend all that time and energy.� Another question involves the date of the tunnel’s construction. Macalister, Tsuk, Warner and other archaeologists have proposed an early date for the system—during the Middle Bronze Age, pegged at between 1800 and 1500 B.C.— making the Gezer tunnel one of the oldest rock-hewn water systems ever discovered. Other scholars, including noted archaeologist William Dever, do not believe the system is that old.

He has proposed a Late Bronze Age or Iron Age date for the tunnel. Warner remains hopeful that evidence can be found to settle the long-running debate over the date. “We might get a better perspective (on the date) inside the cave,� Warner said. “There might be carvings on the wall or some type of inscription. There could be pottery remains, and if we find consistent pottery remains from the Middle and Late Bronze Age, that at least gives us a pretty good idea that it dates from the start of the Middle Bronze Age.�

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The future of American evangelicalism Beliefs and doctrines may stay the same but demographics will change By Scott Noble This is Part 3 in our three-part series on “The changing face of evangelicalism.” TWIN CITIES — As with any time-tested movement, the notion to change based on current challenges is always prevalent. However, a successful movement manages change well, thus ensuring that its core beliefs and doctrines are not sacrificed on the mantle of “the newest thing.” For a movement like American evangelicalism, which has a long and storied history, established and essential doctrines will form the basis for any change or temptation to change in future generations. The nation’s roughly 100 million evangelicals—or approximately one-third of the country’s population—is not immune, however, from the challenges of postmodernism and secular society. Advanc-

es in science and anthropology for years have caused many to question some of the significant truth claims of evangelical Christianity. Also, as American society continues to become less biblically literate, other belief systems—including no religion at all—will gain acceptance and attempt to make claims that challenge Christianity. Finally, younger generations are nearly always tempted to alter the beliefs or prevailing positions of previous generations in an attempt to become more relevant to a changing culture. In light of these challenges, however, a unified commitment to core doctrines may help any movement avoid significantly altering what it believes. Leith Anderson, who is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and also the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., believes

the core doctrines of what makes an evangelical are durable, able to stand the test of time. “To be an evangelical is to take the Bible seriously and to accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior,” Anderson said. “I don’t think that will change. If it did change, then people wouldn’t be evangelicals anymore. Because that’s what an evangelical is. In terms of central, historic orthodox Christian beliefs, they are highly durable. While there may be periodic deviations and distractions, I don’t foresee that in a generation they are going to be any different than they are now.” One of evangelicalism’s significant components is its commitment to propositional truth, claims that are made based on objective criteria. As many in American society have moved away from propositional truth, Anderson believes that evangelicals will continue to place strong emphasis on these claims.

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“Propositional truth—to me—is at the epicenter and core of what evangelicalism is,” Anderson said. “Again, there can’t be an abandonment of propositional truth. However, evangelicals have always been experiential, so it’s not dry orthodoxy; it’s how we actually live.” Previous generations of evangelicals have placed more emphases on various experiential things. However, those emphases did not distract the overall movement from its commitment to the basic truth claims of Christianity. “In the 1960s, there was a very heavy emphasis on different theories of eschatology,” Anderson said. “In the 1970s, there was a strong emphasis on spiritual gifts. Sometimes that is [an] enhancement of the understanding of biblical truths, and sometimes there’s also a peripheral controversy that comes with it. I think those types of things will happen. There’s not debate over the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, the substitutionary atonement. The central doctrines of Christian faith I foresee as holding strong even though there may be disagreement over propositions of secondary matters.” Younger generations As with all movements, younger generations of adherents play a significant role in its success and whether or not the same commitments will be retained. While it’s difficult to ascertain reliable statistics on what younger evangelicals believe and how they view their role in the future of evangelicalism, some leaders are encouraged by younger believers and their commitment to the faith and to demonstrating Jesus to unbelievers. Anderson sees much to be excited about with younger evangelicals. “In terms of our younger generation, I am more than encouraged; I’m enthused,” Anderson said. “We have a younger generation who are zealous in their Christian faith, who believe in evangelism, who are engaging social issues with hands-on compassion for the poor and the needy.” Anderson has the unique opportunity as president of a national organization and as a pastor of a church to see first-hand younger generations of believers. “As a pastor of a church, I can just tell you that the growing edge of excitement and engagement is in teenagers and young adults,” he said. “Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life before. And I hear similar reports from all over the country. Occasionally, you hear naysayers who think that we have a generation of young adults who are abandoning the faith. And while that may be true for some, for those that are engaged their numbers are growing and the promise is great.” Politics While some may be encouraged by younger evangelicals and their commitment to the faith, many are concerned with what they see as a drifting away from some of the conservative political commitments that have defined the last 40 years. Throughout evangelicalism’s history in the U.S., many in the movement have been involved to some degree with political issues and elections. The last 40 years, however, beginning in the early 1970s, was a pivotal and defining time for evangelicals and their seeming reemergence into politics after a sev-

eral decade retreat. The Scopes trial in the mid-1920s caused many conservative Christians to seek shelter in a Christian subculture, and it wasn’t until the early 1970s that many began to emerge from this subculture and re-engage mainstream society. Anderson sees future generations of evangelicals being engaged in society’s most important issues. “Evangelicals have always been involved to an important extent in social issues,” he said. “It was abolitionists in the 19th century, it was prohibitionists who were often evangelicals in the early part of the 20th century. I would expect that engagement in whatever are the most important contemporary issues will continue—like abortion, I think evangelicals will stay engaged as pro-lifers.” However, Anderson is unsure if evangelicals will be committed to a specific political party or candidate. “To the extent that evangelicals will stay involved with one political party or with certain candidates, I think that that’s uncertain at this point,” he said. “And there will be rise and fall of enthusiasm and sometimes because of triumphalism and other times because of disappointment.” Diversity As the nation becomes more ethnically diverse, many believe evangelicals will continue to become more representative of the U.S. One of the ways evangelicalism is becoming more diverse—ethnically and perhaps doctrinally as well—is through immigration. “The growing edge of evangelicalism is among immigrants,” Anderson said. “The U.S., unlike European countries, is experiencing most immigration coming from countries where Christianity is booming. So the revivals and the expansion of evangelicalism—particularly Pentecostalism in Latin America, Africa and Asia—is being brought by immigrants to our shores. It is quite a conservative expression of evangelicalism. So I said that’s our growing edge, so that’s the future.” As each generation ages and passes on the baton of faith to those who are younger, there is always a possibility that the faith may look different down the road. The evangelicalism of today looks quite different than the evangelicalism of the 1840s or the 1930s. One of the hallmarks of the movement, however, is its ability to adapt to new and various cultural conditions and challenges while remaining committed to its essential doctrines and beliefs. While leaders can surmise the challenges evangelicals will face in 2020 or 2040, no one knows for sure if those challenges will actually develop. The peace of mind that comes from daily living out and passing on the ancient faith to younger generations may serve as the best assurance that tomorrow’s evangelical movement will be even more dynamic than today’s.

Part one in “The Changing Face of Evangelicalism” series, “How politics and cultural engagement have shaped the Evangelical movement,” has been archived at www.minnesota. under August 2011. Part two, “Why do some leave the movement?” has been archived under September 2011.


40 DAYS‌ Continued from page 1 know about because the clinic itself—Planned Parenthood—shut down five days last campaign, last spring,â€? Jackson said. “Just shut their doors, put a note on the door that they were closed. Countless people came, thinking they had appointments, and we were able to talk to many and refer them to Care Net.â€? The 40 Days for Life initiative began several years ago in College Station, Texas. A group of pro-life friends and activists had been praying for an end to abortion at abortion clinics but had become discouraged with the results of their efforts. The group began discussing its situation and came up with the idea for a 40 days campaign. They focused on the idea of 40 days since it’s used several times in Scripture to denote transformational change. “They decided to embark on this idea of 40 days of concentrated prayer, fasting and community outreach,â€? Jackson said. “They saw such amazing results after their first campaign down there that they started to take it national.â€? On its website, the national 40 Days for Life campaign says its mission is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a

Participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign focus much of their efforts on prayer, often praying outside abortion clinics.

focused, 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.� The outreach has continued to grow over the years, and this year more than 300 cities will participate around the world. That includes nearly 50 first-time cities, including locations in Puerto Rico, Argentina and Germany. Each year, the 40 Days effort

is split between two periods: one in the spring that coincides with lent and one in the fall. This fall’s campaign began Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 6. “This will be our eighth campaign in Tacoma,� Jackson said. The campaign includes prayer “and then the public witness comes in through just being there, giving presentations at churches and community groups and passing out information and literature about abortion and about pro-life alternatives and about post-abortion heal-

Are evangelicals retreating from politics? By Gail Wood SEATTLE — Perhaps tired of a cultural war that’s resulted in the loss of prayer in school, the approval of abortion rights and same-sex marriage, many Christians today abstain from what James Dobson calls a Christian’s duty: voting. Between the 2004 and 2006 elections, there was a drop in turnout of more than a half million evangelical voters in the state of Washington. “We are withdrawing from the public square so our Christian faith is gradually being diluted,� said Joe Fuiten, pastor of Cedar Park in Bothell. “I think we should be involved. We should be voting.� Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said not to vote is a sin. Yet born-again Christian voters have been quiet in recent elections, refusing to vote. In 2004, nearly 30 million Americans who attend church at least once a week did not vote. Only 40 percent of the people who regularly attend church vote. “As a result of Christians not voting, people of an entirely different worldview are making decisions because we have retreated from the entire debate,� said Joseph Backholm, director of Family Policy Institute of Washington. Who wins an election will help determine abortions policies, value systems taught in public schools and whether or not the state’s pharmacies will be required to sell abortion drugs. “We have the ability to change all of that,� Backholm said. “But we don’t because only 40 percent of people attending church vote.� In 1979, Jerry Falwell, the folksy preacher with the Southern drawl, founded the Moral Majority, galvanizing Christian voters. That political clout aided in Ronald Reagan’s presidential victory and gave Republicans control of the Senate. Rick Forcier, director of Washington’s Christian Coalition, saw how an engaged evangelical body impacted the 1996 elections

Analysis in Washington. He remembers churches calling for voter’s guides leading up to that election. That year, Forcier estimated that more Christians were voted into the state legislature than ever before. “Many Christians thought the war was over and went back to business as usual,� Forcier said. There are many reasons given for the decline in voter turnout by evangelicals. Fuiten blamed laziness and indifference. Then, he said, there’s the caving into the culture warfare, fearing that it’s not winnable. But Fuiten said a united and active evangelical voting bloc could be decisive in an election’s outcome. “There’s no reason why evangelicals shouldn’t control every election in Washington state,� Fuiten said. “But the non participation is completely stopping that from happening. Liberalness is completely the fault of the church, in my opinion.� Before each election, Fuiten posts his voting recommendations, getting about 25,000 hits on the website at Some believe a fatalistic outlook by many evangelicals contributes to this decline in voting. Influenced by their faith in prophecy of end times, some evangelicals throw up their hands and say, “What can I do?� “We shouldn’t sound the retreat until the day Jesus does return,� Forcier said. “We have to keep the church constantly engaged. There is no middle ground with the enemy. He never takes time off. We shouldn’t retreat.� In 2006, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed into law legislation that gave homosexuals domestic benefits. In an attempt to overturn that decision, the Christian Coalition put together an initiative that needed 112,000 signatures in 90 days to get on the ballot. But Forcier found churches reluctant to help gather signatures because they were concerned about appearing

intolerant. With a short window to gather signatures and a lack of cooperation from churches, the initiative effort fell short by about 2,000 votes. “A lot of churches felt uncomfortable with the matter,� Forcier said. “The only time we get excited about something is when the house is on fire,� Backholm said. “That’s negligent.� With another crucial election coming in November, Backholm has been trying to ignite an interest among Christian voters, encouraging them to register and to vote. Forcier is also encouraging pastors to challenge their congregations, reminding them to get out and vote. But pastors are often worried they’ll offend someone if they bring up politics. “It’s the one area they become Minnie the Mouse,� Forcier said. “In so many areas they are so bold. I’m surprised. Pastors shouldn’t be intimidated. People come because they love their pastor. They want to hear what he has to say. Why would he shrink back in that one arena and be forceful in all others.� Over the years, Forcier said evangelists who have been bold enough to talk politics from the pulpit have been criticized. Dwight L. Moody thought politics was just another tool for evangelism. “He responded to one critic saying it is true he was a citizen of another kingdom, but he owned property in Cook County,� Forcier said. “Charles Finley was instrumental in abolishing slavery and standing up for women’s rights. But we’re not doing that today. We’re falling back. We’re losing ground.� Backholm said there’s a misconception that God doesn’t care about politics. “I think that’s something that needs to be fixed,� Backholm said. “There’s a culture of neglect that has been created in the church and we’re abdicating responsibility. We want everyone to understand that we have a stewardship responsibility as citizens of this country. We need to vote.�

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ing for women. The fasting is either physical fasting or fasting from television, computer, things that we can get a little too attached to.� Organizers report that more than 4,300 lives have been saved internationally since the effort began in 2007. Some 13,000 churches have participated in the campaigns, and more than 400,000 people have been involved in some way with the initiative. In addition to the Tacoma affiliate of 40 Days for Life, other locations in Washington state include Everett, Kitsap County, Olympia, Renton, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima. Participants in the 40 Days campaigns also have opportunities to peacefully interact with people as they enter an abortion clinic. “It’s amazing to see how a person will walk by who maybe is angry— especially women a lot of times are angry and defensive—and we’re able to engage them in conversation,� Jackson said. “Then you realize they have had an abortion and they weren’t aware of maybe what the root of this anger has been. And when you can share with them about God’s mercy, about the sanc-

tity of human life, about post-abortion healing—lives are just turned around. It’s so encouraging to share that.� Even when the 40 Days initiative has been completed, Jackson said they have been able to maintain a presence outside some abortion clinics. “The fruit of the 40 Days in Tacoma has been that we’ve continued to have a presence even in between campaigns, on multiple days out at the different clinics,� she said. “So the prayer vigils have continued, kind of in the off-season so to speak.� When the 40 days are complete, Jackson said the group will get together to discuss the event. “We get together for a post dinner at the end of our campaign in Tacoma, and it’s just amazing to hear the stories of what God has done,� she said.

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Google: Some nonprofits are more equal than others For years, Google has made its office software and Gmail programs available to individuals for free and to qualifying nonprofits—including religious organizations—at a discount. Now, however, Christianity Today reports those days are Chuck over for some. Google has grouped several of its tools into a “Google for Nonprofits� program—and “schools, political think tanks, so-called proselytizing groups, churches, and organizations that take religion or sexual orientation into account in hiring,� are excluded from free or discounted access. Christianity Today says that one reason for this “some-nonprofitsare-more-equal-than-others� treatment of churches is due to a fear of offending potential customers.


Haven’t we seen this kind of corporate cowardice before? You’ll no doubt recall how last year Apple dropped the Manhattan Declaration’s iPhone app because some gay-rights activists wrongly complained that the Declaration’s support of traditional marriage

was anti-gay. And earlier this summer, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, withdrew as the keynote speaker from the Willow Creek Leadership Summit because of threats from, yes, you guessed it, more gay-rights activists. Presumably, Google made its office tools available to nonprofits at a discount because nonprofits provide beneficial services to society—and visibly supporting charity is good public relations and good business. But is Google now saying that those societal

‌[churches] aren’t asking for special treatment from Google or anyone else— just equal treatment. benefits count for less than the easily offended sensibilities of a small minority of its potential customers? Remember, churches and religious organizations provide an incredible amount of needed services to their communities—and flourishing communities make for better business environments. Professor Ram Cnaan, from the University of Pennsylvania, estimates that the average urban congregation provides over $476,000 worth of social services to its community every year. This includes nearly $95,000

of volunteer hours worked; $79,000 dollars in economic benefits for drugs and alcohol treatment; $22,500 worth of divorce prevention, plus other economic stimulus for crime prevention, and so on. Ironically as well much of it goes to helping people with AIDS. And in almost every case, such church aid is not contingent on the recipient’s beliefs. When you multiply that kind of help by the 300,000 or so churches that exist in the United States—some urban, others suburban and rural—you can see

that churches are major social service providers. And many of those churches operate on a shoestring budget: The discounts they once received from Google and still receive from other companies make a difference. Yes, churches, if they are about the business of the gospel, will attempt to win their friends and neighbors to faith in Christ. And, yes, they will defend their beliefs in the public square. But they aren’t asking for special treatment from Google or anyone else—just equal treatment. Christianity Today reports that Google is continuing to “evaluate� its new program. Let’s hope that Google takes a good, serious look at the great benefits of religious organizations to their communities and also recognizes the difference between tolerance and repression. Š 2011 Prison Fellowship. Reprinted with permission. “BreakPoint with Chuck Colson� is a radio ministry of Prison Fellowship.

Proper role of government: Empowering people to catch up In my high school days, before sex and environmental education and the general dumbing down of the population, memorization of some Shakespeare was expected in Miss Kauffman’s 12th-grade English class. A favorite I still recall is this line spoken by Brutus in “Julius Caesar�: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries...� U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., repeatedly says in various ways it is too soon, or he isn’t ready, for higher office, such as vice president. He’s been in the Senate for a little more than seven months and has delivered only two major speeches—his maiden speech on the Senate floor and one in late August at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. In the Reagan Library speech, Rubio laid out his philosophical foundation, something that must be at the heart of any policy. Defining the proper role of government ought to be the central is-

Conservatism is about‌ giving them the tools‌to access all the hope, all the promise, all the opportunity that America offers. sue in the coming presidential campaign. Indeed, it should occupy our thoughts between campaigns because those of us who pay income tax are not getting a good return on our investment. Here’s Rubio: “We have the opportunity—within our lifetimes— to actually craft a proper role for government in our nation that will allow us to come closer than any Americans have ever come to our collective vision of a nation where both prosperity and compassion exist side by side.â€? That takes the “compassionate conservatismâ€? of George W. Bush

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to a different level. To Rubio, prosperity is not the opposite of compassion. Rather, the two are—or should be—joined. Prosperity provides the means by which people can be compassionate to those truly in need, such as the disabled and elderly. It is also the ticket out of dependency for people who can work but have been robbed of their dignity by addiction to a government check. Dignity leads to many other character qualities, which advance the true welfare of an individual, benefiting society. Someone with dignity, self-regard and respect for others is unlikely to take part in a flash mob attack. Rubio points to a path beyond the familiar “either-or� debate; beyond envy of the wealthy and multiple and ineffective programs

to liberate the “poor.� This repetitive scenario has produced, said Rubio, “a government that not even the richest and most prosperous nation on the face of the Earth can fund or afford to pay for. An extraordinary tragic accomplishment, if you can call it that.�

them to access all the hope, all the promise, all the opportunity that America offers. And our programs to help them should reflect that.� If this is not a speech that lays the foundation for a Rubio run for higher ofCal Thomas fice, it is a speech that ought to begin a major transition The Republican role from costly and ineffective governRubio went further than what ment programs to a renewed emmight be expected of a Republican, powerment of individuals. acknowledging his party is partly No one, perhaps not even Rubio, responsible for the growth of gov- can know for certain whether he is ernment: “I know that it is popular “ready� for higher office. President in my party to blame the president, Obama has proven he wasn’t ready. the current president. But the truth Some leaders don’t know they can is the only thing this president has lead until leadership is thrust upon done is accelerate policies that were them. The right philosophy is key already in place and were doomed and the Reagan Library speech to fail. All he is doing through his proves that Rubio has the most impolicies is making the day of reck- portant ingredient of any leader: oning come faster, but it was com- vision. Read it, be inspired and ing nonetheless.� then consider whether Rubio’s tide And then there is this, which is rising. To read the speech, visit shatters the left’s stereotype about and type the right: “Conservatism is not Rubio Reagan Library speech in about leaving people behind. Con- search box. servatism is about empowering Š 2011 Tribune Media Services people to catch up, to give them the tools ... that make it possible for Inc.

Leaders versus servants? What one can teach the other I admit, I regularly struggle with the concept of leadership. Not that I don’t appreciate and learn from people who are considered “leaders.� I certainly do. Leaders in churches, ministry, the workplace, professional endeavors, culture and other areas of society are definitely helpful and serve a broad purpose. My struggle with the idea of leadership centers upon how we define it—at least in the American context. And this includes churches and ministries. Walk into any bookstore or look online and you will quickly see the diversity and propensity of publishers to distribute books about leadership. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,� “Leadership: Theory and Practice,� “Monday Morning Leadership� and thousands of oth-

er titles, including the pacities, and the New leadership habits of Testament highlights successful people, dot the disciples as leadthe shelves both physiers in their respective cally and virtually. ministries. I’ve even read a few Nevertheless, of these books over I think Jesus’ exthe years. ample—played out However, the satuthrough the gospels— ration of leadership should radically alter books and oftentimes our idea of typical their focus reveals a leadership roles. And Editor’s Note: weakness in how we certainly upend the Scott Noble think about this issue. leadership ideas the Self designated and American business God-ordained leaders are prevalent culture puts forth. throughout Scripture. One only There are three distinct (and has to look at Moses or David and probably many more) leadership see God preparing them and using principles Jesus demonstrated durthem in vital leadership roles. The ing His short time on earth that prophets certainly were used by God in their unique leadership caSee NOBLE, next page


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MEN’S CENTER… Continued from page 1 before, said Hogan. He credits the success to the Rev. Paul Burek, who “puts much more emphasis on the Word of God” than what was done in the past. An independent survey for Teen Challenge concluded the success rate of being off drugs and alcohol for five years after a Teen Challenge program is 85 percent. The rate is under 14 percent for short-term programs. Getting to the Center Residents of the Center go to area churches to hold “rallies,” which inform the community about their successes. Hogan said, “We do up to 30 rallies a year presenting the Teen Challenge ministry to churches.” The men come into the congregation to tell their stories, sing and perform skits. Kent Doehne hosted a rally at his church, knowing that his nephew, Chris, could benefit from the program. “His alcohol problem was all-con-

BAPTISTS… Continued from page 1 ple will watch in smaller churchbased gatherings via Internet video streaming. As many as 30,000 to 35,000 Baptists could participate in the November event—more than twice as many as gathered in Atlanta in 2008, said Philadelphia pastor William Shaw, one of two national cochairs for the event. “It was challenging and affirming when we gathered in Atlanta a couple years ago to seek and affirm our common purpose in Jesus Christ,” said Shaw, former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA. “Now we want to do it again, not in one place but in many places, and those places are closer to home.” The brainchild of former President Jimmy Carter, the New Baptist Covenant is a loose-knit, grassroots effort to unite Baptists in North America around a covenant of social and justice ministries, providing an alternative voice to more strident Baptist voices. While providing such an alternative was part of the creation of the New Baptist Covenant, Shaw said the point “is not to combat a [negative] image, but to lift up an image of unity.”

NOBLE… Continued from last page would revolutionize the way we view leadership. The first is the over-under principle. Jesus utilized this principle countless times in the gospels. For example, in Matthew 3, John the Baptist, who had been heralding the arrival of Christ, was asked by Jesus to be baptized. Jesus had come from Galilee to the Jordan in order to be baptized. John tried to deter Jesus and asked Him, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus utilized this over-under approach to demonstrate the dynamic power of putting others ahead of ourselves. While John expected to be baptized by the long-awaited Savior, Jesus turned the tables on him and asked that John baptize Him. The second principle is meeting the needs of others. Jesus taught large groups of people several

Men involved in the program regularly visit churches to sing, perform skits and tell their stories.

suming in his life,” Kent Doehne said. Chris had lost everything at that point and his family, who had tried to help, was at their wit’s end. “It’s hard to help people who don’t want to help themselves,” Kent Doehne added. Kent Doehne worked with the Center and Chris’ attorneys to present the feasibility of Chris recovering by going into the program. The

judge released him from jail early to go to the Center.

The 2008 event featured leaders from government, religion and popular culture, including former presidents Carter and Bill Clinton, authors John Grisham and Tony Campolo, and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa. The 2011 Thursday-to-Saturday event will originate from SecondPonce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta and be beamed by satellite to large church facilities in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. For people who cannot get to one of those locations, churches are encouraged to organize viewing parties to watch the event as it is streamed live on the Internet. While the strategy of dispersion will allow “people to get there who couldn’t be there before,” Shaw said, in a sense it also may be more difficult than in 2008. Yet scattering out to make a difference locally has been the goal of the New Baptist Covenant since the beginning, Shaw and other organizers said. Using dozens of viewing sites will put more people to work in handson ministry, said David Key of Emory University in Atlanta, one of the NBC II organizers. Those ministry opportunities are being planned for the final day in every community where the Baptists gather.

“One large centralized gathering of Baptists is great, but to truly be the presence of Christ we have to take Jesus’ ministry of healing and helping out into every corner of the country,” said Daniel Vestal of Atlanta, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, one of the participating groups. In addition to worship services and hands-on ministries, NBC II will include breakout sessions to teach strategies to work for justice, fight poverty and address other human needs that would fulfill the Luke 4 mandate. The seven churches that will host the satellite-fed gatherings are St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio; Israel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.; St. Luke Memorial Baptist Church in St. Louis; New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Seattle; Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia; and Citizens of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, Calif. Other details about NBC II are being published at and in an email newsletter available through the website. With more than 33 million adherents scattered in about 70 denominations, Baptists are the largest Protestant group in the United States.

times in the gospels. Crowds eagerly followed Him wherever He went and waited upon His words and miracles. Yet we read that Jesus, after giving the crowds eternal words of wisdom and comfort, met His listeners’ needs by feeding them—thousands of them. While they gathered to hear His words, the crowds were often a far distance from their homes, villages or places in which to gather food and drink. Jesus realized their needs and met them, oftentimes without people even voicing their requests. The third principle of leadership that Jesus demonstrated was handing over authority and power. He spent a mere three years in active ministry on the earth, training and helping to mature His followers. And we know the job was often very difficult. We need only look to Peter to realize that many of us require more reminders and help than others. Yet when Jesus’ earthly ministry was completed, He left the job of

teaching future generations about Him to us—His fallen, mistake-ridden people. However, Jesus knew what He was doing. This final leadership principle teaches that leadership—however we define it—is about training others to complete the tasks the current leader is assigned. This type of leadership is not about keeping to ourselves the abilities and ideas we have that help us retain our positions. It’s about sharing with others the gifts that He has so graciously blessed us with and passing on to future generations our wisdom, knowledge and experience. There are many solid leaders in the marketplace and many strong Christian leaders too. Leadership books and principles abound, but Jesus demonstrated the best leadership principles the world has ever seen. By putting others ahead of ourselves—and this is incredibly difficult—we adopt the most effective, dynamic and world-changing attitude available.

Arrival to a new life and a new mattress Chris Doehne couldn’t sleep for the first few weeks after arriving at the Center. “The mattress was so comfortable; I was used to sleeping on a jail house pad,” he said. “I couldn’t

sleep. I was so blessed. I felt like I was home.” He noted that it took him about seven months to accept his fate and become a part of the program. “I was reserved about Teen Challenge,” Chris Doehne said. “I didn’t know what to expect. It took me a week to talk to anyone. I was trying to judge the place and see what was going on.” Even though his uncle said that it would help him, Chris Doehne resisted the first three months. “I fought Pastor Pat [Hogan] all the time,” he said. “I had pride. I wanted to run things the way I wanted to do them. But Pastor [Pat] kept loving me, and I finally gave in.” Student of Christ and productive member of society Men who come to the Center aren’t labeled as being in “rehab.” They become “students of Christ” during their year in the program. Hogan elaborated: “We are a

discipleship program. We’re not working with patients because we are teaching people to be disciples of Christ. This is the philosophy of Teen Challenge all over the nation and the world.” The students study and attend three hours of classes daily. Additionally, they must read the Bible and other books. They participate in work programs and volunteer in their communities. Hogan said: “We do sub-contract work like setting up concerts, which allows the men to attend the concerts. We will take tickets at the University of Washington football games. Our guys will work at the venues during the games. They are building valuable life skills while helping in their community.” Hogan added that through their outreach efforts, “They are no longer taking from society but giving back to society.” Staying on After completing his year, Chris Doehne serves as an intern in the program. He doesn’t know exactly what he’ll do after the internship but thinks it will have something to do with ministry. As for Hogan, he is encouraged by “watching men’s lives be transformed.” Many men arrive at the Center resistant to the program, saying, “I’m not into the Jesus stuff.” Through perseverance and the Teen Challenge ministry, God changes lives. The ministry “reprograms their minds, gives self worth and tells them that God has a plan for their lives. They know they are wonderfully made.”

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Reuben Morgan and Hillsong Live expand their reach Lampa will hit the road later this fall with Group 1 Crew, Shonlock and Rapture Ruckus for the Outta Space Love Tour. For more information, visit www.

By Lori Arnold Australia’s Hillsong Live, in the midst of a European tour, released its latest album, “God is Able” in July. Garnering wide acclaim, the album climbed to No. 1 on multiple retail sales charts. Worship leader Reuben Morgan said the title song hit close to home this year as his native homeland was rocked with cyclones and floods. “We were continually reminded just how true those words are,” he said. “God is able: able to save, able to heal, able to rescue from the fiercest storms and highest floods. There are so many times when you feel as though you are out of your depth—in my case it happens every time I get up to lead worship or speak—and there’s something revolutionary about being able to say or sing our God is able, In His name we overcome, for the Lord our God is able. “You can’t celebrate God’s ability without realizing quite how weak we really are: you can’t say God is able without also remembering that we are not. And here’s the really crazy thing about acknowledging our weakness: it’s one of the most comforting and liberating things around.” For more information, visit live. Morgan single recorded, released by Kimber Rising Morgan’s writing prowess may also prove liberating for Kimber Rising, a Pop/R&B trio featuring sisters Amanda and Brianna Wilcox and Danielle Cruz. The three-yearold group will spend the fall promoting the radio play of their new single, “Forever Reign,” penned by Morgan and award-winning songwriter and producer Jason Ingram. It will be released as a digital offering in October. The group, which just signed with Save the City Records, has performed more than 300 concerts and toured with the likes of such artists as Building 429, Todd Agnew and 33Miles, as well as Mandisa, Natalie Grant, LeCrae and David Crowder Band. Derek Hoiem, president of their new label, said the trio exemplifies the type of artists they strive

WORLD VISION… Continued from page 1 jor victory for the freedom of all religious organizations to hire employees who share the same faith—whether Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian or any other religion,” he said via a media release. “I am pleased, relieved and gratified with the court’s action. After four years of litigation, we at World Vision U.S. may now put this matter behind us and continue our policy of hiring Christians.” In 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of World Vision’s ability to terminate the employees. This was preceded by a federal district court judge’s decision to dismiss the case against World Vision. Some had feared that a ruling against World Vision could significantly impact religious organizations and their ability to hire and terminate employees. However, even with the ruling, “Christianity Today” reported on its website that the issue of religious-based hiring is still on the docket for the

Hillsong Live worship leader Reuben Morgan said Australia’s recent natural disasters helped him to better see that “God Is Able.”

to support. “They are excellent in their craft, they’ve paid a fair amount of indie dues, and they just flat out love God,” he said. “They show their passion for sharing the gospel not only with their voices but with their lives.” For more information, visit www. Lampa goes a cappella to compete on ‘The Sing-Off’ Dove Award winning recording artist Rachel Lampa was set to take to the small screen Sept. 19 as part of the a cappella group The Collective for season three of the fall NBC series “The Sing-Off.” Lampa, whose new album All We Need was due in stores on Sept. 27, is part of a group of Nashville vocalists formed specifically for the series by Jeremy Lister of Season 2 runner-up Street Corner Symphony. Hosted by Nick Lachey, the show features the judging panel of Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman and brings together a cappella groups from around the nation, who compete each week for the votes of the viewers.

Supreme Court this year in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, which will consider “whether an elementary school teacher can be considered a ministerial employee,” according to Ted Olsen, author of the “Christianity Today” report. With the lawsuit settled, Stearns now hopes World Vision can continue its work to serve the world’s poor. “Our Christian faith has been the foundation of our work since the organization was established in 1950, and our hiring policy is vital to the integrity of our mission to serve the poor as followers of Jesus Christ,” he said. “My colleagues and I at World Vision have an uncompromising commitment to serve the poor in the name of Christ. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender and strive to demonstrate God’s love and compassion through our work.” For more information about Wo r l d V i s i o n , v i s i t w w w.

Groves gives fans early release to 10th record Sara Groves releases her 10th record, Invisible Empires, officially on Oct. 18, but is offering a pre-release special, including a T-shirt and bonus songs, on her website. In a note on her website, Grove said the album was heavily influenced by Chapter 9 of Eugene Peterson’s” A Long Obedience in the Same Direction,” a book she said she reads annually. “Structures become more important than the people who live in them,” he writes. “Machines become more important than the people who use them. We care more for our possessions with which we hope to make our way in the world than with our thoughts and dreams which tell us who we are in the world.” She goes on, citing Psalm 127, “Invisible Empires is looking at two skylines: one that is frenetic and man-made, and one that is eternal and not built in vain.” Sara Groves will bring her Reason to Gather Tour to Faith Assembly Christian Center in Pasco, Wash., at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. For ticket information, visit www.faithtricities. org or call (509) 547-5773. For more information, visit her site at Jeremy Camp welcomes new baby, album and book There’s apparently no such thing as the dog days of summer for Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Camp, whose calendar is filled

Senior citizens cohabiting more often WASHINGTON (WNS) — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people over age 65 are choosing to live together without marriage more often these days—575,000 of them in 2010, compared to 193,000 in 2000. The reasons aren’t entirely clear, but researchers say anecdotal evidence suggests they may be financial. “What people say is that older adults don’t want to commingle funds so whatever was going to their kids will still go to their kids,” said Linda Waite, a University of Chicago sociology professor who has published a study on seniors and sex in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

The States vs. Planned Parenthood PRESCOTT, Ariz. (WNS) — Instead of complying with new state laws that place restrictions on abortions, Planned Parenthood has decided to stop offering abortion services in three Arizona cities. As of Aug. 19, women could no longer seek abortions through Planned Parenthood in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff and Yuma. Planned Parenthood’s decision came a week after an Arizona state appeals court allowed key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortions to take effect. The pro-life measures require women to see a doctor in person the day before an abortion to learn

Dove Award winner Rachel Lampa is showcasing her voice as part of the a cappella group The Collective on the NBC show “The Sing Off.”

with a variety of new things, including a son with wife, Adrienne. Egan Thomas Camp arrived early in the morning on Aug. 17 and is the first brother for big sisters Bella, 6, and Arie, 5. Egan made his entrance just as his famous daddy’s radio single “The Way” was No. 1 at AC Monitored—his 24th career top hit. Dad was also scheduled to begin his fall headlining tour “We Cry Out” at the end of September just as his book, “I Still Believe: Discovering Hope and Healing in the Midst of Life’s Deepest Valleys” was due for release. The chronicle reflects his journey of losing his first wife, Melissa, to cancer just months after marrying, and how he has grown in his relationship with God through the past 10 years. The full-circle account of Camp’s story explores how his

story has impacted his music. The tour, with Francesca Battistelli and label-mate Adam Cappa. comes to Washington with performances Nov. 3 at the Toyota Center in Kinnewick and Nov. 5 at Overlake Christian Church.

about risks and alternatives. Plus, healthcare workers are permitted to refuse to participate in abortions for moral or religious reasons. Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, said the group likely would appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court.

The ACLU filed suit as part of its joint national effort with Yale Law School to coerce school districts into allowing students access to homosexual activist websites by ending the use of Web filters that also block highly sexually explicit material. The alliance sent school officials a letter in August urging them not to succumb to the ACLU’s demands, which it said would expose children to pornography under the guise of a concern about censorship and bullying. “No school district should be bullied into exposing children to sexually graphic material,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “It’s reprehensible that the ACLU and Yale Law School are more concerned about forwarding an agenda that exposes children to harm than they are about protecting those children. Those who claim to oppose bullying should not be bullies themselves. Removing porn filters does nothing to end bullying.” The ACLU threatened Camdenton and numerous other school districts as part of the ACLU’s “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, a joint endeavor with Yale Law School that demands the deactivation of various Web filters that block sexually explicit content at public schools. When Camdenton instead chose to continue protecting students, the ACLU filed suit.

Student group launches new pro-life initiative NEW YORK (WNS) — According to the Guttmacher Institute, 46 percent of abortions nationwide are performed on women in college. So Students for Life in early September launched a new program to help pregnant coeds give birth to their babies—and stay in school. The Pregnant on Campus Initiative is giving students tools to make their campuses more welcoming to pregnant girls and new mothers, such as lactation stations, diaperchanging decks and affordable oncampus housing.

Missouri school district sued for protecting students from porn JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Alliance Defense Fund and Missouri Family Policy Council filed a friend-of-the-court brief Sept. 9 in defense of the Camdenton R-III School District after it was sued by American Civil Liberties Union attorneys on behalf of several homosexual activist groups and a student.

Matthew West promoting two albums Matthew West, who released the music video for his radio hit “Strong Enough” on iTunes Sept. 6, will also join the fall tour circuit promoting his album The Story of Your Life, which features the “Strong Enough” single. Even as he promotes the latest album, West is also prepping for his first-ever holiday album, “The Heart of Christmas,” due to hit the streets on Oct. 4. For more information, visit www.

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Why choose Seattle Christian Schools? Seattle Christian’s 65 year legacy of God’s leading and provision has provided the rich heritage of tradition and memorable experiences for students. Offering outstanding athletics programs, ďŹ ne arts, leadership opportunities and leading edge technology, Seattle Christian fosters three key areas of student development: Educating Minds‌ Academic excellence continues to be a strength at Seattle Christian and centers around preparing students with rigorous, relevant instruction emphasizing biblical truth. Over 95% of graduates each year will choose higher education. Nurturing Hearts‌ Students experience a safe, encouraging and caring environment at all levels where relationships with teachers and staff are meaningful and Christ-centered. Honoring Christ‌ SCS cultivates an atmosphere of spiritual growth and transformation through weekly chapels,

scripture memorization, classroom prayer and mission projects. Serving families from more than 20 surrounding communities and just minutes from Kent, Renton, Federal Way and Auburn, Seattle Christian families and students represent more than 100 area churches. Call today for a personal campus tour at 206.246.8241, or visit www. and discover firsthand how Seattle Christian Schools prepares students to become tomorrow’s inuential Christian leaders.

Developing Christian Leaders since 1946 Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Our mission‌ We proclaim Jesus Christ in all aspects of our program, emphasizing academic excellence and biblical Christian values, partnering with parents and church to prepare godly young men and women so that they may impact their world for Christ. – Colossians 1:28

Now accepting applications for 2012-2013 Before and after school care

You’re Invited‌


206-246-8241 18301 Military Road South — just off I-5 in SeaTac



Call today to schedule a tour (253) 537-6870

Puget Sound Christian School 1740 South 84th St., Tacoma, WA 98444

(253) 537-6870 Where “hands on� experiences broaden academic learning

Sheltering or preparing? As a father of two Christian school children, I am often asked if I am worried that I am sheltering my children. My answer, of course, is an emphatic “No!â€? What some people see as sheltering, I see as preparing. Yes, the world is a dark and dangerous place. Some would argue that children need to be immersed in that world so that they can better cope with life’s problems. I wholeheartedly disagree. Instead of immersing our children in sin and hoping that they will choose the right path, my wife and I chose to give them the skills that they will need to ďŹ ght off the enemy before sending them out into the world. God tells us in Numbers 10:9: “When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.â€? As a parent, you need to ask yourself: do you want your child to know how to blast God’s trumpet BEFORE something happens, or do you want to just hand them a trumpet and hope that they can ďŹ gure it out? At Puget Sound Christian School, we want to teach children how to play that trumpet! Our goal is to provide a strong academic

program in the basic core areas built upon the truth of the Bible. We emphasize the development and practice of Christian character, behavior and responsibilities. Puget Sound Christian School offers instruction from pre-school through sixth grade. We use a variety of curriculums including A Beka and ACSI. We offer weekly chapel service as well as a yearly art show, science fair and twice yearly musical programs. PSCS also just updated and expanded our computer lab. Our caring and dedicated staff uses their personal skills in creative art, science and music to enhance the learning experience. Our instruction includes many hands-on activities as well as multiple ďŹ eld trips each year to broaden the scope of each student’s learning. In addition to our outstanding school, Puget Sound Christian School offers full time daycare for 3 year old children and up. Before and after school care is also available for school aged children. To schedule a tour of our school, please call us at (253) 537-6870 and come see why PSCS Eagles soar above the rest!

‌we choose to give them the skills that they will need‌

Kevin Galbreath Principal

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Building Godly character in our students Where character building and excellence in education are a way of life. 0RE +THROUGH'RADE Featuring the “Switched On Schoolhouse� We have the latest in technology in the Learning Center with individual computers for each student. All learning is designed for the individual student with lots of individualized tutoring and help.

Valley View Christian School a ministry of Valley View Baptist Church 9717 31st Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208


Impact: Building faith, loving others Cascade Christian Schools is, ďŹ rst and foremost, a place of teaching and training people in their purpose before God. With that goal in mind, everything that happens on each CCS campus, child care through 12th grade, is about learning. To parents, students, faculty, and staff, that means each class, activity, and event has the purpose of growing students in four critical areas:



s0ERSONAL3OCIAL-ATURITY AND s!CADEMIC%XCELLENCE Beginning with the very youngest, STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT BY EXAMPLE AND intentional lesson planning how to lead with a servant heart and how to practice the 3 Rs of Respect, Responsibility and Relationship. Students take part on a regular basis in leadership lessons, training, and practical implementation through opportunities which include mentoring, community service, and mission trips and projects. 0ARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE INVITED to come visit any Cascade Christian Schools’ campus, to learn more about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. By coming for a visit, you will SEElRST HANDEXAMPLESOFEDUCATIONAL curricular activities, leadership development, and spiritual formation. You will see why everything we do, we do to glorify God and impact our world. To schedule a personal tour, call 253-841-1776, or log on to to find out more about why parents and students are choosing Cascade Christian Schools. Cascade Christian Cougars: s !3TATE&OOTBALLCHAMPIONS s  !3TATE"ASKETBALL Champions s !3TATE"OYS$OUBLES Tennis Champions s !3TATE7RESTLING Champion (112 lbs)

“We exist to glorify God by building Godly character in our students by guiding them to make right choices that will determine future responses.� Our purpose statement is taken by application from Proverbs 20:11“Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.� True education cannot take place unless character building is at the heart of the education process. To train a child to make a living does not guarantee he or she will know how to live. Train a child how to live and the student will have no problem making a living. A former Washington State Superintendent of Instruction once stated that the purpose of education is to “prepare our students to compete in a global economy.�This goal is wholly inadequate and ignores the human condition and views our children as mere biological economic machines serving the interests of the State. Valley View Christian was founded in 1981 and is dedicated in seeking to produce students

of character with the highest academic achievement. We are a school with grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade with four high school graduate programs. A high percentage of our graduates go on to college and further graduate work. A competitive interscholastic high school sports program in boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball is an integral part of the students’ development. We compete in the Northwest Christian School League and host the NCSL tournaments in our fullsize gym facility. Grades 9 through 12 compete yearly at the Northwest Regional Student Convention in music as well as the full range of academic, arts, and athletic events. Our dedicated staff has an average tenure of 15 years and a deep love for the children in their classes. Partnering with the parents to develop the whole child is a high priority. We are a member of the Association of American Christian Schools (AACS).

Partnering with the parents to develop the whole child is a high priority.

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Reasons to send your child to a Christian school By Paul A. Kienel 1. You are accountable to God for what your children are taught in school. What your children are taught in school should be a direct extension of your parental views. The teachers under whom your children are taught should be the kind of teachers you would personally hire if your children were being educated in your home. 2. Christian schools offer a better level of instruction. The annual Stanford Achievement Test administered to first through eighth grade Christian school students in the western states shows these students to be seven to nineteen months ahead of the national norm in reading, and seven to thirteen months ahead of the national norm in all subject areas. 3. We are to train “up” a child, not point him downward. Children do not grow spiritually stronger in a negative non-Christian environment. Students do not become stronger Christians by being taught non-Christian thinking, but by being taught Christian thinking. 4. The Christian school is right for your child because the Christian school has not cut itself off from the most important book in the world– the Bible. Without the Bible, education is nothing more than the blind leading the blind. Standards for morality must be taken from Scripture alone, not from situations as often taught in secular schools. 5. Christian school educators teach all subject matter from a Christian context. They put the Bible at

the center of the curriculum and ask students to evaluate all they see in the world through the eyes of God. To quote Dr. Roy Zuck, “The secular vs. Christian school issue is really a question of whether a child will learn to view life from man’s perspective or God’s perspective.” 6. Christian schools support the family as the number one institution of society. Christian school educators train students to respect their parents. These educators agree with the early American patriot, Noah Webster, who said, “All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society.” 7. ”The atheists have, for all practical purposes, taken over public education in this country.” Shocking words, yes, but they were spoken by a prominent public school educator, Dr. W.P.Schofstall, former Arizona State Superintendent of Schools. Paradoxically, many public school personnel openly support Christian school education. 8. Christian school educators maintain discipline in the classroom and on the playground. Lack of discipline in the public schools often heads the list of problems cited most often by survey respondents. 9. Our children are gifts of the Lord. We are responsible to train them according to His Word not only at home and in church, but in school as well. Paul A. Kienel is the former Executive Director of the Association of Christian Schools International.

Come away renewed, refreshed and restored Black Lake Bible Camp is a year-round camp and conference center designed to make your camp or retreat the best it can be. BLBC is located between Portland and Seattle just off I-5 at exit 102. We have exciting events to look forward to this winter such as our Allstar Jr. High camp this January and ELEV8, our incredible men’s conference this coming April with guest speaker Jeff Olson and worship leader Dean Jenkins.

You can find registrations online at for these events and more. If you are in need of space for your adult or youth retreats this fall and winter contact us online or by phone at 1-800731-2267 for availability and pricing. We are excited to see you and your ministry here and we are sure you will love every minute of your stay here at Black Lake Bible Camp.

Worship is an integral part of retreats at Black Lake Bible Camp.

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Church retreats and youth groups find fun and growth at Camp Casey When you visit Camp Casey today, you won’t find a 1901 army base bustling with officers and enlisted men. Instead, only a short ferry ride from Seattle, Camp Casey offers historic army barracks, comfortable meeting spaces — and a breathtaking blend of forest, miles of beachfront, and wide-open spaces on beautiful Whidbey Island. For more than 50 years, groups have found Camp Casey to be a place to reflect, discover, and grow! Equipped with two large multi-purpose auditoriums (one that holds up to 150 people; one that holds up to 350), and a number of smaller meeting spaces, Camp Casey is the perfect place for churches and youth groups to come together for worship, workshops, and fellowship. Camp Casey offers a variety of lodging options for large and small groups. Large groups often stay in the Company Quarters barracks, with either open-bay dormitory, or semiprivate rooms. The Bachelor Officers Quarters accommodates 25 to 50 persons in semiprivate rooms with large meeting area, dining room, and a commercial kitchen — in one building. Perfect for a wide variety of groups, it’s also handicapped accessible. Smaller retreats can

The Northwest’s largest Fall Harvest Festival

Old fashioned fun at Remlinger Farms Remlinger Farms opens their gates every fall for five full weeks of old fashioned Harvest entertainment. In addition to the Farm Market Fall specials, the Gift and Craft Shops, the Farm Restaurant and the U-Pick pumpkin fields, the Northwest’s largest Fall Harvest Festival continues every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival admission is $15.25 plus tax – this one low admission gets you the “Full Farm for the Full Day.”

Among all the extravagant fall decorations and over 400 scarecrows, there are over 25 rides and attractions including: authentic steam train rides, hand-led pony trail rides, antique car rides, hay maze, hay jump, 4-h barnyard animals, roller coaster, mini ferris wheel, pedal go-carts, climbing wall, flying pumpkins, spinning barrels, live entertainment with Eric Ode, plus two corn mazes.You

can also find a pumpkin from the mounds of pumpkins in the Festival Area or head out to the Pumpkin Patch to hunt up your perfect pumpkin—priced by size. The Festival would not be complete without all the mouth-watering, fresh farm faire. The menu is complete with pizza, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, caramel apples and kettle corn, just to get started. You can also take a little break from all the entertainment and sit down to a full, fresh cooked meal in the Country Kitchen Restaurant featuring two new electric trains on 300-foot tracks. Also on weekdays in October Remlinger Farms offers educational tours, by reservation. The tour includes live entertainment with Eric Ode, a visit with the 4-H barnyard animals, hay maze and hay jump, an educational stop at the Pioneer Village and a ride on the authentic steam train. Remlinger Farms is located just south of Carnation off Highway 203. For more information visit www. or call 425333-4135.

choose a six-bedroom Victorian officers home; the Quartermasters Building with comfortable lodging, kitchen, meeting and dining space for 26; or a cozy remodeled three-bedroom house with kitchen and woodstove. All the lodging is only a short walk to the beach. Hearty dining is available cafeteria style in our Mess Hall, or you have the option to cook for yourself in one of our commercial or family-style kitchens. When not meeting together, Casey guests can play in the gymnasium, team up on the two full-size outdoor basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts, or enjoy the huge grass parade field for an all-out game of Capture the Flag! Favorite free time activities are exploring the bunkers at Fort Casey State Park and wandering the beach. Then, when the day is over, guests of all ages can gather around the warm glow of an evening campfire. (Don’t forget the marshmallows!) For more information, rates, and reservations, contact us toll free at 1-866-661-6604, by email at, or visit us at Fifteen percent discounts on lodging are available from November to February.

Northwest’s Largest Fall Harvest Festival Every Weekend in October 10am to 6pm One low admission price gets you UNLIMITED rides all day including: Authentic Steam Train Rides, Antique Cars Mini Roller Coaster, Mini Fair Rides, Pony Rides, Farm Theatre entertainment (and more) AND Corn Mazes, too!

Educational Tours Guided or Self-Guided October Weekdays — By Reservation Tours are a great way to experience the farm: 4-H Barnyard Animals, Bee Display, Pioneer Village, Steam Train Rides, Hay Maze, Hay Jump… and much more! Call now to make your reservation!

Our traditional theme park turns orange with our Pumpkin Fall Festival for exciting family fun. Our rides and activities built for all ages and designed to thrill the twelve and under kids include our Steam Train, Pony Rides, and multiple minifair rides (Mini Roller Coaster, Model “T” Electric Cars, Flying pumpkins, Mini Ferris Wheel, and Mini Horse Carousel). Let the little ones cruise in the mini canoe adventure while the bigger kids race around the track on Pedal Go-Carts. Kids and grownups will enjoy our 4-H farm petting zoo. The FARM THEATRE features the popular children’s entertainer ERIC ODE. Also don’t miss guest appearances by our tremendously popular Funny Farmer Lolly.

Pumpkins everywhere! U-pick-em or We-pick-em… 32610 NE 32nd Street, Carnation, WA 98014 (425) 333-4135

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Fall Women’s Retreat October 21-23, 2011

A Woman After God’s Own Heart; A Look at David We are looking forward to having Denise Brewer return once again as the speaker for the 2011 fall retreat. In 2009, we looked into the inspirational life of Esther and in 2010 we explored women in the Bible through the book of Ruth. This year we will look into David’s life to decipher what qualities God values in His people. Denise combines her rich background in history and her training as a Precepts Bible teacher, in order to present us with a gift from God’s Word.


Denise Brewer

Local Celtic-inspired singer and songwriter Janet Drew will lead us in worship and will bless us with a special concert.

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Two nights only! December 2 & 3, 2011 A special way to begin your Christmas

Back by popular request

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Dinner & Entertainment: $25 per person Doors open at 6:00pm for reserved seating. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm

Bed & Breakfast including Dinner & Entertainment 3INGLEs#OUPLE

Call The Firs at 360-733-6840 to make reservations for either night. Bed & Breakfast option available both evenings.

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Why church retreats? By Kirk Potter, Director of Conference and Community Ministries, The Firs Church retreats are a tradition that goes back to the origins of camping itself and the “Brush Arbor�movement early in the previous century. But why exactly are church retreats so effective? In a word, it is the lack of distractions. Retreats are so productive because a retreat provides the opportunity for a concentrated time focused on spiritual objectives and relationships in a setting removed from the distractions of everyday life. Let me give an example. Not long ago I was involved in what turned into a protracted process to work out the details of a lease for some camp buildings. The process took almost nine months, mostly because of the delays in dealing with each message and proposal as they worked themselves between two principals and their attorneys. A message to the principal could wait for hours or days depending on the work load of the principal. After consideration, the message would then be passed to their attorney who was dealing with it along with his other clients. A response would eventually filter back through the same process in reverse, get passed back to us and on to our attorney. It took months. By comparison, a good friend of mine’s father was a partner in a major development and construction company, which was involved in building and sometimes owning downtown sky scrapers and shopping malls. When negotiations commenced for a project they all met in a neutral setting for several days of face to face negotiations with all the parties and lawyers at the table. In a matter of days, they processed complexities light-years more advanced than my lease project. The difference; no distractions, no interruptions, no other

clients, no other competing priorities, and no family responsibilities during that time period. As well, the productivity resulting from the trust relationships built in these face-to-face settings was not possible at the end of e-mail, telephone calls, and brief meetings. Retreats are similar. A weekend retreat is worth months of Sundays and mid-week meetings because of the lack of gaps and distractions. Add to this the relationships built as you share the retreat experience with others over a concentrated time, and the effectiveness of the retreat is even more pronounced. The concept of a retreat is not unlike that of a vacation. You set aside all the distractions of everyday life for a time away dedicated to a particular purpose, which often includes developing and deepening relationships with family and others. Add to this the pleasures of someone else doing the cooking, serving and clearing tables, taking care of the dishes and child care in some cases. It is almost like going out to eat five times in one weekend with a group of friends. There is ample opportunity to sit around the tables and have a nice chat. There are no pressing needs.You are away from it all. Retreats work for all ages and for a variety of purposes. Adult retreats, especially women’s retreats, are great for building relationships and focusing on spiritual needs. That is why they are so effective for groups like Alpha. Youth groups benefit also especially because of the opportunities for leaders to build relationships with students during the course of a weekend, which is simply not possible two hours at a time with a week in between. Church retreats are a great way to accomplish many of the objectives of church ministries through a period of time away focused on relationships and spiritual development, without the daily distractions of our busy lives.

Auburn Adventist Academy 5000 Auburn Way South Auburn, WA 98092 (253) 939-5000, (253) 351-9806 Established in 1919, Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) is a private coeducational Christian boarding and day high school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Located in Auburn, Washington, AAA offers students a vibrant spiritual atmosphere, superior academics, and a friendly and accepting student body. With an emphasis on student leadership and service, Auburn is the perfect place to pursue educational excellence.

Bellevue Christian School 1601 98th Ave. NE Clyde Hill, WA 98004 (425) 454-4402, ext. 215 Bellevue Christian School serves more than 1,000 students in preschool-12th grade at campuses in Bellevue and Woodinville. Established in 1950. Integrated curriculum equips students to think critically from a Christian perspective. Solid core curriculum plus performing and visual arts, advanced placement, innovative technology, enrichment, community service, athletics and service learning.

Coming next month: Christian Higher Education Guide Call Cynthia at (206) 650-9032 for information on advertising rates.

In a land not far, far away


4005 S. 360th Auburn, WA 98001 1-888-778-CAMP (Toll Free)


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persons get price breaks: $10 per night for kids 6-9 years old, and children under ďŹ ve are free if they can drag a parent into the bargain. We can accommodate small groups (say, your leadership training retreat of ten people) or large groups of 150+. For recreation, we have the aforementioned open-air Gym, a playground, a soccer field, a small baseball ďŹ eld, a frisbee golf course, a recreational room in the Chapel with Foosball and pingpong tables, a climbing wall, a Frisbee golf course, and swimming and boating (canoes and paddleboats). When we are not beating b a c k m o n g re l mobs of malevolent moles, the staff are always ready to assist and to serve your group as you serve our Risen Savior. If you would like to know more, check out our website: Or give us a call at: 253-8381292, or toll-free at 1-888778-CAMP.

This makes our camp an economical place for your church to use.

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ake your discipleship-making group aside for a time of reection and refreshment. Lakeview Christian Retreat Center is conveniently located just 2 miles east of Wild Waves/Enchanted Village in Federal Way. We offer a variety of meeting areas and cabins in a setting of old growth cedar & ďŹ r. Recreational possibilities include boating on Five-Mile Lake, soccer & baseball ďŹ elds, a covered open-air gym, and climbing wall. Accommodations for groups up to 150 people.

Lakeview Christian Conference & Retreat Center is a bit of sacred land not far, far away for most. Located just five minutes off I-5, sorta in-between Seattle and Tacoma, we are a camp on Five-Mile Lake. We are twenty acres of park seclusion; a facility for Christian groups to rent for weekend retreats, midweek day retreats, or weeklong summer camps. We thought you’d like to know something about us. LCCRC (for short) is a collection of cabins, a Chapel, a Dining Hall, a Gym, and several fields ringed with trees, and a lake. Our camp operates on a facility rental basis, so that groups put on their own programs and do their own cooking. This makes our place an economical place for your church to use—you decide whether you want lobster and scallops or fish sticks. Our overnight fees are $20 per person per night. But small

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Cascade Christian Schools District Office 815 21st St. SE Puyallup, WA 98372 (253) 841-1776 Cascade Christian Schools is dedicated to helping students discover their purpose before God. We are an independent, interdenominational school system serving child care through grade twelve, where students are provided with excellent academics, character development and leadership training opportunities, and are encouraged to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We serve our community with five campuses in Pierce County.

Cedar Park Christian Schools Bellevue Campus • 425-746-3258 Bothell Campus • 425-488-9778 Everett Campus • 425-337-6992 Lynnwood Campus • 425-742-9518 Martha Lake Campus • 425-745-6755 Mountlake Terrace Campus • 425-774-7773 Have you considered the value of Christian schooling for your child? The way students think and perceive God and the world around them influences the entire course of their lives. Cedar Park Christian Schools provide superior academic programs in a decidedly loving, encouraging, positive, Christian setting. We invite you to inquire about our fully accredited Preschool to 12th Grade programs.

Cypress Adventist School 21500 Cypress Way Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425)775-3578 Cypress offers a state approved Pre-K to Grade 8 academic program. We strive for excellence in a setting where traditional Christian values and community service are emphasized. Technology and music enrich our program.

Eastside Christian School 14615 SE 22nd Street Bellevue, WA 98007 (425) 641-5570 Celebrating 40 years of educating Preschool 3’s to 8th grade in the Christ-Inspired, Joyful Pursuit of Excellence. High WASL/MSP and SAT scores. Challenging curriculum taught from a Christian world view is enriched by Bible/chapel, technology, music, athletics, art, and Spanish. State certified teachers are dedicated to students’ spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Before and after school enrichment is available.

Fairview Christian School 844 NE 78th Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 526-0762


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King’s Schools 19303 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98133 (206) 289-7700 King’s Schools — Inspiration Happens Here! At King’s Schools our standard for academic excellence teaches students how to think critically and our caring community nurtures relationships that will last a lifetime. Students develop a passion for lifelong Christian commitment and our rich heritage of alumni is a living example of King’s successful formula. Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Before and after school care available.

Life Christian Academy 1717 S. Union Avenue Tacoma, WA 98405 (253) 756-2410 LCA is a preschool—12th grade college prep. academy with a vision to fully educate and train children for a life of significance and following Jesus. Since 1973 our commitment to provide a Christ-centered environment of academic merit has remained steadfast. Beyond the academic and the spiritual emphasis, we provide full fine arts program and competitive athletics.

Lighthouse Christian School 3008 36th St. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (253) 858-5962 Centered on a proven academic curriculum, a Lighthouse education also includes music, art, foreign language, drama and athletics. Experienced teachers and small class sizes combine to make Lighthouse an excellent place for K-8 students to grow in their knowledge and love of God, and obtain a solid foundation for their future studies – consistently averaging in the top 20th percentile in the nation on the Stanford Achievement Test.

Lynden Christian Schools District Office 417 Lyncs Drive Lynden, WA 98264 (360) 318-9525 Since 1910, the mission of Lynden Christian Schools is to be an effective instrument of God. Together with Christian parents and the church, children and young people are mentored for academic success and discipled for spiritual strength, producing citizens who have a transforming influence in the world. We are proud to serve Christian families throughout Whatcom County on two campuses – Bellingham P-8 and Lynden P-12.

Mount Vernon Christian School 820 W. Blackburn Rd. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 424-9157

Fairview provides an educational environment where the individual needs of students are the focus. Fairview offers, from PreKindergarten through 8th Grade, an award-winning science program, credentialed faculty, before and after school care, performing arts, drama, computer lab, Spanish and leadership training. Fairview is a place where your child can succeed, with an amazing education in a nurturing Christian environment.

Preparing students to respond in loving service to God and their neighbors, Mount Vernon Christian School educates using a strong academic program taught by dedicated teachers. Children are known on a first name basis and supported by a caring, involved community of parents.

Heritage Christian School

Northshore Christian Academy

5412 67th Ave. W. University Place, WA 98467 (253) 564-6276 Heritage Christian School offers a Christ-centered, traditional K-8 education. Our students are taught to be responsible citizens and sincere Christians. We maintain high academic and spiritual standards to the glory of God. Certified teachers; middle school athletics and Spanish; K-8 computer lab, library, music and P.E.; before/after school care.

5700 23rd Dr. W. Everett, WA 98203 (425) 322-2301 Accredited kindergarten through eighth grade (ACSI, NAAS, Washington State). Licensed Early Learning Center, before and after school care, Northshore School of Arts and Enrichment, REAL Summer Adventure Program. Outstanding academic program focusing on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Literacy Program. Loving Christian environment, certified teachers, Bible-based character development. New, modern, cutting-edge facilities and technology. Multiple, national award-winning school.

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Providence Classical Christian School 21500 Cypress Way Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 774-6622 A different kind of Christian School: The Trivium of Latin, logic, and rhetoric forms the core of Providence’s well-rounded educational program. From Pre-K through twelfth grade Providence provides a rigorous education characterized by a love of learning and joyful Christian fellowship. Visit the Providence Classical Christian School website, Facebook or attend a weekly tour. Or, watch children perform at the Open House on January 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Puget Sound Christian School 1740 South 84th St. Tacoma, WA 98444 (253) 537-6870

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Shorewood Christian School 10300 28th Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98146 (206) 933-1056 Shorewood Christian is centrally located between West Seattle and Burien serving Pre-K – 12th grade. With affordable tuition, excellent academics, and a Christ-centered atmosphere, Shorewood Christian is an unparalleled educational experience for your child. We offer many specialty classes as well as extra-curricular sports and activities.

South Sound Christian Schools 2052 S. 64th Street Tacoma, WA 98409-6899 (253) 475-7226

Located on the campus of South Lakeshore Christian Church, just two blocks east of I-5. Our mission is to train children according to God’s purpose by providing a Christ-centered, safe, loving environment where parents, board members and staff, in partnership, work to help each student achieve academic excellence and spiritual growth.

The Tacoma Baptist Schools campus serves grades PK-12, preparing students to be strong in faith and equipping them to be leaders as they leave high school. A strong college prep track, along with classes for those students needing extra support as they learn, is available. The New Hope campus in Graham serves grades PK-6, and also prepares students with an academically excellent program based on a biblical world view.

Rainier Christian Schools

The Bear Creek School

P.O. Box 58249 Renton, WA 98058 (425) 255-7273

8905 208th Ave. NE Redmond, WA 98053 (425) 898-1720

Rainier Christian Schools is a Christian school district serving South King County. Our five campuses located in Auburn/Kent, Covington, Fairwood, and Renton offer a Christ-centered education for children 1 year old through 12th grade. RCS is committed to providing Christian education to every family who would desire a safe, excellent, Christ-centered environment for their children.

At The Bear Creek School you don’t have to choose between faith and an exceptional education. Academic excellence is grounded in the liberal arts and exposes students to the great ideas and great works of the centuries while Christian values are modeled and woven throughout the curriculum and student life.Your student will thrive in Christian faith and be prepared for college and future aspirations in a rigorous, supportive, and inspiring environment from preschool-grade 12.

Sammamish Christian School & Noah’s Ark Preschool

Valley Christian School

4221-B 228th Ave SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 392-7470 Christian values serve as the cornerstone of our strong, traditional curriculum in preschool through elementary. Students learn core faith-based valued through excellent curriculum including chapel gymnastics, and music for preschoolers and chapel, PE, music, computers, and Spanish for elementary. NAC Accredited. Giving children the spiritual, academic, and social skills they need to be confident and successful. Preschool – 2nd Grade.

Seattle Christian Schools 18301 Military Road South SeaTac, WA 98188 (206) 246-8241

1312 2nd Street S.E. Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-3541 A nondenominational school has for 34 years served the communities of South King County. Our students receive a quality education from a Christian perspective. Personalized teacher attention emphasizes strong basic academics and citizenship with godly character qualities. Band, art, handbells, computer training, field trips and PE including swimming are also offered. Preschool to 8th grade and child care.

Valley View Christian School 9717 31st Ave. SE Everett, WA 98208 (425) 337-8868 ValleyView Christian School was founded in 1981 and is dedicated in seeking to produce students of character with the highest academic achievement. We are a school with grades K3 through 12 with four high school graduate programs. We use a high tech, computerized Christian curriculum and also offer computerized distance learning.

Seattle Christian Schools is committed to providing quality K-12 Christian education since 1946. Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ in all aspects of our program, emphasizing academic excellence and biblical Christian values, partnering with the home and church to prepare godly young men and women who will influence their world for Christ. Applications are now being accepted.

Shoreline Christian School 2400 NE 147th St. Shoreline, WA 98155 (206) 364-7777 PS-Grade 12. Preparing students to serve God and the world around them through education that builds the heart, mind and soul. Certified faculty integrates Christian faith into all subjects, and works with each student to unwrap their individual gifts. Outstanding academic program plus Art, Music, Drama, Spanish and Computer specialists for all levels. NAAS Accredited.

Remlinger Farms 32610 NE 32nd Street Carnation, WA 98014 (425) 333-4135 The Remlinger family invites you to visit our family owned and operated farm in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. Come and enjoy our famous family fun park, shop in our fresh produce market, and eat farm-style food in our Café. Group tours and discounts available for all ages. Don’t miss the Fall Harvest Festival… the Remlinger Family’s signature event featuring special attractions in the park, u-pick-em or we-pick-em pumpkins, tractor rides, and a themed corn maze.

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Black Lake Bible Camp 6521 Fairview Rd. SW Olympia, WA 98512 1-800-731-2267 Black Lake Bible Camp is a year-round camp and conference center designed to make your stay the best it can be. BLBC is conveniently located between Seattle and Portland just off I-5 at exit 102. If you are interested in summer camp programs or need space for your group’s retreat go to for information.

Camp Arnold 33712 Webster Rd. E Eatonville, WA 98328 (253) 847-2511 An ideal full service retreat and conference center and youth summer camp located on 600 beautiful acres nestled in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Camp Arnold offers summer camps for youth ages six through sixteen, complete outdoor education programming, challenge course group rentals, and full service retreat and conference rentals for groups from 35 to 350 people. A ministry of The Salvation Army.

Camp Casey Conference Center 1276 Engle Road Coupeville, WA 98239 1-866-661-6604 Enjoy our easy-to-reach Whidbey Island setting — located on miles of beachfront next to Fort Casey State Park. Explore historic Fort Casey or build driftwood forts on the beach. A huge playfield, sport courts, and numerous meeting spaces are available. Camp Casey has historic lodging and meeting space for groups from 10 to 500. Enjoy hearty cafeteria-style dining or rent one of our kitchens. Camp Casey is owned by Seattle Pacific University.

Camp Gilead 30919 NE Carnation Farm Road Carnation WA 98014 (425) 333-4311 Camp Gilead is located in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, just one hour east of Seattle. Camp Gilead offers Family Camps, Resident Youth Camps for 3rd - 12th grade, Day Camp for K - 3rd grade and leadership training programs as well as retreat and conference rentals for groups from 10 - 200. Activities include swimming, boating, skateboarding, dirtboarding, innertubing down the Snoqualmie River, mini golf, miniature train ride and more! Weeks available for rental, summer 2011.

Cannon Beach Conference Center 289 North Spruce St Cannon Beach, OR 97110 1-800-745-1546 Located on the beach in popular Cannon Beach, Oregon. Offering the finest in Christian conferences and retreats since 1945, guests enjoy our facilities and service in a beautiful setting. Strolls on the beach to famous Haystack Rock, great speakers and musicians, excellent dining, dynamic kids programs, and a full recreation center are just a few of the reasons folks travel to north Oregon’s Pacific coast.

Cedar Springs Camp 4820 State Route 92 Lake Stevens, WA 98258 (425) 334-6215 Nestled next to Mount Baker National Forest, discover Cedar Springs Camp, just 20 minutes away from Everett with accommodations on 152 acres. We are open year round. The speaking hall seats 1000 guests. We also offer birthday parties, day camps, swimming, hiking trails, zip lines, giant swing, climbing wall, Go Karts and Battlefield Sports. Outdoor Education and Teambuilding programs are a popular choice for schools. Call us for your next event.


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Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp 640 Lost Lake Rd. Naches, WA 98937 (509) 672-4311 Ghormley is located in the beautiful Cascade Mountains, just 18 miles East of White Pass. We have ample space for your church and youth retreats throughout the fall, winter and spring. In addition we host Outdoor Education camps as well as our own sponsored youth events. If you’re looking for a beautiful location to facilitate a life-changing experience, look no further!

Lakeview Christian Conference & Retreat Center 4005 South 360th St. Auburn, WA 98001 1-888-778-CAMP Our Retreat Center offers facilities amid old growth cedar and fir for church groups, both large and small. Groups do their own cooking, allowing many options for meals on budgets! The Chapel, Dining Hall and Lodge provide meeting places, and our fields, open air gym, climbing wall and boating on 5 Mile Lake offer recreational opportunities.

Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp 8444 Mt. Baker Hwy. Deming, WA 98244 (360) 599-2921 Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp is a Christian program-free facility located in the in the foothills of Mt Baker. This Forty-four acre facility is open to all Christian NPO’s from across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and lower British Columbia, Canada. Open year round, offering exclusive use for large groups. All-inclusive options or accommodations only…you choose! Come and see…call today about reservations.

SAMBICA 4114 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. SE Bellevue, WA 98008 1-888-SAMBICA Headed into our 93rd summer, SAMBICA is blessed to have the opportunity to affect the lives of area children helping them build friendships and gain leadership skills. Add in jam-packed days of swimming, tubing, high ropes, games and much, much more for a wonderful camp experience.

The Firs 4605 Cable Street Bellingham, WA 98229 1-800-765-3477 Camp Firwood offers Christ centered youth camping programs, located on Lake Whatcom near Bellingham, WA. The Firs Retreat Center is located just five minutes from Bellingham and offers youth, adult, and family facilities for guest groups up to 250. The Firs Chalet is a year-round, self contained 100 bed, four story, A-frame, located adjacent to the Mt Baker ski area.

Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood, WA 98292 1-800-228-6724 Breathe… find room for your soul. Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center is the Northwest’s premier camp, conference and retreat facility. Adult and youth groups enjoy spectacular natural beauty and friendly personal service any time of the year. Allow the cares and pressures of daily life to fade away and discover the Warm Beach difference. Warm Beach… life changes here.

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OCT 12 • WEDNESDAY (cont.)


NOV 11-13 • FRI-SUN

Sukkot, the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles. 7pm, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave SE, Newcastle •, (425) 793-3000

Together in Chains, The Event, youth night. 6:30-10pm, Fox Island Alliance Church, 655 6th Ave., Fox Island, free • (253) 209-7728,

Sr. High Retreat. Warm Beach Christian Camp, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood •, 1-800-228-6724

“An Ideal Husband.â€? 7:30pm, Taproot Theatre, Seattle, free • taproottheatre. org


OCT 13-16 • THU-SUN Horsemanship Camp. Warm Beach Christian Camp, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood •, 1-800-228-6724


OCT 7 • FRIDAY (cont.)

An Ideal Husband, a play by Oscar Wilde. Wed-Thu 7:30pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm, Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle, $10-35 • (206) 781-9707

castle •, (425) 793-3000

OCT 14-15 • FRI-SAT


Fall Women’s Retreat, Conference with Christian author, Elizabeth George. Fri 6:30-8:30pm & Sat 9am-12:30pm, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 E College Way, Mt. Vernon, $25 • (360) 424-1173

THRU OCT 13 King County Volunteer Training for Care Net pregnancy centers. 9am-1pm, Canyon Hills Community Church, 22027 17th Ave. S, Bothell •, (425) 391-1770

OCT 7 • FRIDAY Bud Tutmarc’s Hymnbook Sing. 7-9pm, Berean Church, 1st NE & N 185th, Seattle • (425) 205-9427 Yom Kippur. 7pm, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave SE, New-

Mission Fest Seattle, with Luis Palau, Greg Lyons, Jan Hettinga, Russell Stendal. Westminster Chapel, 3646 Northeast 24th St., Bellevue, free • (360) 265-3272

OCT 10 • MONDAY Puyallup Aglow. 10am, Puyallup Library, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup • (253) 6917676, (360) 893-2393

OCT 12 • WEDNESDAY David Crowder Band, with Gungor, Chris August & John Mark McMillan. 7pm, Moore Theater, Seattle • lmgconcerts. com, 1-855-LMG-TIXX

Full Service Retreat and Conference Center Outdoor Education Program Challenge Course Chapel • Gym • Lake • Pool Comfortable Accommodations

SETTING: An ideal retreat setting nestled in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. MISSION: Our desire is to demonstrate Gods love toward others in a setting that inspires worship and builds community. SERVICE: Quality staff, excellent food service, and attentive assistance with all your event planning needs. • (253) 847-2511 A ministry of The Salvation Army Northwest Division

OCT 15 • SATURDAY Christian Heritage Mother & Daughter Tea. 9am-4pm, Plaza Grand Ballroom, Tacoma Landmark Convention Center, Tacoma •, (360) 871-3279



OCT 21-23 • FRI-SUN The Firs, Fall Women’s Retreat, “A Woman After God’s Own Heart: A Look at David,â€? with Denise Brewer & Janet Drew. The Firs, Bellingham •, 1-800-765-3477

OCT 24-NOV 3 Pierce County Volunteer Training for Care Net pregnancy centers. 10am-2pm, First Baptist Church of University Place, 2844 Mountain View Ave., University Place •, (253) 383-6033

OCT 28-30 • FRI-SUN

“Allies from Outer Space.â€? 7:30pm, Central Library, downtown Seattle, free •

Jr. High Retreat. Warm Beach Christian Camp, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood •, 1-800-228-6724

The Firs Extravaganza Dinner & Auction. 5:30pm, Bellwether Hotel Ballroom, Bellingham, $45 • 1-800-765-3477, the


OCT 15-22 • SAT-SAT Kathy Trocolli & Friends Mediterranean Cruise with Ellie Lofaro, Don Piper • 1-800-288-4778,

OCT 16 • SUNDAY Seattle City Council Candidate Forum on Social Justice Issues. 3-5pm, Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, 1902 Second Ave., Seattle • (206) 452-1734, (206) 448-8826

OCT 18 • TUESDAY Seattle Ministry Leaders to Address Seattle Homelessness from a Faith Perspective. 11:30am-1:30pm, Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Belltown, $20 • (425) 922-8174



Together in Chains Conference. 8:30am4pm, Fox Island Alliance Church, 655 6th Ave., Fox Island, lunch $5-7 • (253) 209-7728,

“Drama with Your Mama.â€? 10:30am, Greenwood Public Library, Seattle, free • Christian Women’s Connection. 11:30am-1pm, Golden Steer Restaurant, 23826-104th Pl. SE, Kent, $14.75 • (425) 227-8312, (425) 432-1144

OCT 20 • THURSDAY Simchat Torah. 7pm, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 .l?>?136th Ave SE, Newcastle •, (425) 793-3000

Steven Curtis Chapman, Songs & Stories Tour, with Josh Wilson & Andrew Peterson. 7pm, Overlake Christian Church, Seattle, $25-65 •

OCT 31 • MONDAY Octoblast, family friendly Halloween alternative. 6-8:30pm, Berachah, 19380 328th Pl., Auburn

NOV 1 • TUESDAY Five Levels of Leadership Conference, with Dr. John C. Maxwell. Kitsap Convention Center, Bremerton •

NOV 4 • FRIDAY Bud Tutmarc’s Hymnbook Sing. 7-9pm, Berean Church, 1st NE & N 185th, Seattle • (425) 205-9427

NOV 5 • SATURDAY Jeremy Camp, with Francesca Battistelli. 7pm, Overlake Church, Redmond •, 1-855-LMG-TIXX

NOV 7 • MONDAY Northwest Christian Writers’ Association monthly meeting, with Deb Kalmbach. 7pm, Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th St., Bothell • 1-800-731-NCWA

NOV 11 • FRIDAY 11:11:11 – A Line in the Sand global gathering. 11am-9pm, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA •

NOV 12 • SATURDAY Shift into Missional, a day with Reggie McNeal. 8:30am-4pm, Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th St., Bellevue, $49 • (425) 747-1461 WinterJam 2011 Tour Spectacular, with Newsboys, Kutless, Matthew West, and more. 6pm, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, $10 at door •

NOV 18 • FRIDAY Dorinda Clark Cole, in concert. 7pm, New Hope Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave., Seattle, $20-35 • (206) 323-4212

NOV 18-20 • FRI-SUN Marriage Encounter. Warm Beach Christian Camp, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood •, 1-800-228-6724

NOV 19 • SATURDAY Grace Children’s Center Holiday Bazaar. 9am-4pm, 22975 24th Ave. S, Des Moines • (206) 870-6091

NOV 25-DEC 30 Beasley’s Christmas Party. Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N 85th St., Seattle •, (206) 781-9707

DEC 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-28 The Lights of Christmas. 5-10pm, Warm Beach Christian Camp, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood •, 1-800228-6724

DEC 2 • FRIDAY Bud Tutmarc’s Hymnbook Sing. 7-9pm, Berean Church, 1st NE & N 185th, Seattle • (425) 205-9427

DEC 2-3 • FRI-SAT The Firs Noel, with Janet Drew. 6pm, The Firs, Bellingham, $25-99 •, (360) 733-6840

DEC 3 • SATURDAY A Victorian Country Christmas, Choir Festival. 10:30am-1pm, Victorian Christmas Opry Theatre, at the Puyallup Fair & Event Center, Puyallup •,

DEC 4 • SUNDAY Brandon Heath, The Leaving Eden Tour with Britt Nicole. 7pm, Christ the King Church, Bellingham •, 1-855-LMG-TIXX

DEC 5 • MONDAY Northwest Christian Writers’ Association monthly meeting, with Gloria Kempton. 7pm, Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th St., Bothell • 1-800-731-NCWA

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University ranks high in national survey TACOMA — Corban University, with campuses in Tacoma and Salem, Ore., was recently ranked fifth in the “Best Colleges in the West” category by “U.S. News and World Report.” The results were released in the magazine’s “2010 Best Colleges” issue. According to university officials, the distinction placed Corban as the top-ranked Christian college in the Northwest. “The fact that Corban has achieved top rankings over the last 10 years shows Corban’s commitment to offering a quality education,” said Dr. Matt Lucas, Corban University’s provost and executive vice president, via a media release. “We strive to be student centered, working to meet the educational, financial, social and spiritual needs of our students. Corban also continues to expand its teaching faculty and the resources needed to make the classroom experience as beneficial as possible.” In August, university officials said the school was named a “Best in the West” university by the Princeton Review. In 2010 Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma merged with Corban to become the Corban University School of Ministry. For more information about Corban University, visit www.corban. edu.

Conference to address persecuted church FOX ISLAND — Fox Island Alliance Church will host Together in Chains, a conference for the persecuted church on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. The youth conference The Event will take place on Friday, with guest speaker Sarah from China. A message and worship time will be included. On Saturday, conference sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include testimonies, talks on persecution and God’s work in the lives of those who have been persecuted. Speakers include Jay Todd and Tami Yeager of Voice of the Martyrs and others. For additional information on this free event, visit www.foxisland. org or call (253) 209-7728.

Candidates’ forum to focus on homelessness and poverty SEATTLE — Christ Our Hope Catholic Church will host a candidate forum for those running for Seattle City Council on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Organizers say the forum will address how the candidates stand on issues of justice, poverty, homelessness and need. An informal reception will follow the free event. For additional information about the candidate forum, email fran_ or call (206) 452-1734.

Workers begin preparing Lights of Christmas event STANWOOD — The annual Lights of Christmas event attracts thousands of visitors each year. More than one million lights will be displayed throughout the 15 acres of Warm Beach Camp this December.


More than 800 volunteers work more than 15,000 hours to prepare the free event, which is the largest holiday light display in the Northwest. The event will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 1-4; 8-11; 15-23 and 26-28. In addition, the dinner presentation “Winds in the Morning” is available on select nights. For more information about The Lights of Christmas, visit www. or call (800) 228-6724.

John Maxwell to hold leadership seminar BREMERTON — Dr. John C. Maxwell will lead the Five Levels of Leadership conference on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Kitsap Convention Center. All of the event proceeds will benefit ShareNet, a food bank that provides emergency provisions, rental assistance and other help to those seeking assistance. Maxwell is an international leadership expert, speaker and author. His books have sold millions of copies. For additional information about the leadership seminar, email For more information about ShareNet, visit

Taproot Theatre to offer several events SEATTLE — As part of the month-long Arts Crush, Taproot Theatre will host several free events. On Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the theatre will host the production “An Ideal Husband.” On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m., a free performance of “Allies from Outer Space” will be held at the Central Library in downtown Seattle. The show will address bullying prevention and diversity. “Drama with Your Mama” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Public Library. The free event will introduce children to theatre. For more information on these events, visit or

University welcomes largest and most diverse class SEATTLE — Seattle Pacific University (SPU) recently welcomed its largest and most diverse class in its 120-year history. The school reported nearly 4,200 students—undergraduate and graduate—for the fall 2011 semester and that 30 percent of new students are ethnic minorities. “We believe we have the right message out there about who we are and the quality of what we have to offer, and our numbers are exploding,” said SPU President Philip Eaton on the university’s website. “With all the questions these days about the value of a college education, families and students ‘get’ SPU’s vision of engaging the culture and changing the world.” The university has intentionally worked to make its student body more diverse. “Our world is divided in powerful, profound and sometimes violent ways,” Eaton said. “As a leading Christian university, we must do everything possible to counter these forces of dividedness and build up a community that

welcomes, nurtures and encourages all people.” For more information about SPU, visit

Camp to offer junior and senior high retreats STANWOOD — Warm Beach Camp will host its Junior High Retreat Oct. 28-30 and its Senior High Retreat Nov. 11-13. The events offer speakers, worship music and activities for youth. Jules Moore, who is youth pastor at Shiloh Church in Oakland, Calif., will be the speaker at the Junior High Retreat. Jason Tokarchuk, worship pastor at Stanwood Foursquare Church will lead worship. At the Senior High Retreat, Mike Wilson, who is the national director of Infuse Student Ministries, will be the keynote speaker and Sean Gasparetti, who is an Assemblies of God worship pastor, will lead worship. The retreat will also host a variety of activities, including a talent show, a video competition, sports and games. For more information on the retreat, including pricing, visit www.

World Concern receives $20,000 in grocery bag SEATTLE — The Christian humanitarian organization World Concern reported that in September a man walked into its headquarters with a plastic grocery bag containing $20,000 in cash. “There’s a lot of need. Use it where it’s needed,” the man said,

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according to World Concern. The same man donated $10,000 in April 2010. “We are so grateful for the generosity of this man and others like him who have given selflessly to help save lives,” said World Concern President David Eller, via a media release. “We simply could not reach those in desperate need without the support of our donors. When someone’s heart is touched in this way to give and they respond, it makes a huge impact on the work we’re able to do.” World Concern officials said $20,000 is enough to feed more than 1,600 starving people for one month or to dig a couple of water wells. For more information about World Concern, visit

World Vision launches initiative focused on women, girls FEDERAL WAY — World Vision recently announced a six year, $200 million effort aimed at the impact of safe water on women, girls and their communities. The effort is part of the organization’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The Initiative hopes to impact the lives of more than six million people in 10 African countries. “We have seen just how critical access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is for women and girls—not only to their daily health and personal safety, but also to enable them to invest in their education and future,” said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision United States, via

a media release. The organization hopes its efforts at clean water will also “enhance family livelihoods, household savings, school attendance and the ability to learn … ” “World Vision understands that for sustainable change, we must combine the essential ‘software’ ingredients of community engagement and behavior change with the ‘hardware’ of borehole wells, catchment systems and other interventions,” said Rudo Kwaramba, World Vision’s national director in Uganda, via the release. “And in all of this, women’s ownership and full participation is essential so they are empowered to invest further in the health, education and well-being of their families and communities.” For more information about World Vision and its CGI, visit www.

Ministry offers free grocery day TACOMA — El Shaddai Christian Ministries offers free groceries on Saturdays at its Empowerment Center, located at 4340 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and there are no income limits to receive groceries. However, the ministry requires attendance at a pre-distribution meeting in order to participate. El Shaddai in an urban ministry founded in 2001 that helps provide food for those in need. For more information about El Shaddai Christian Ministries and its food distribution services, visit or call (253) 677-7744.

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Women of Faith conference to feature top female artists SEATTLE — Sandi Patty and Mandisa are sharing their musical gifts with participants of the Christian nondenominational conference known as “Women of Faith.” Organizers claim more than four million women have already attended the two-day events across the country. The 2011 theme is “Over the Top,” and the Seattle conference is scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at KeyArena. In addition to Patty and Mandisa, Patsy Clairmont, Lisa Whelchel and Brenda Warner will speak at the event. For more information about Women and Faith and its 2011 conference in Seattle, visit

Westminster Chapel to host missional conference BELLEVUE — Westminster Chapel in Bellevue will host Shift Into Missional: Transforming the Greater Seattle Area One Life, One Church, One Community at a Time on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Reggie McNeal, who is missional leadership specialist for the Leadership Network. He has experience as a denominational executive and leadership development coach, as well as serving in congregational leadership for more than 20 years. The event costs $49 per

person or $39 per person for groups of five or more. Shift Into Missional is sponsored by Westminster Chapel and Alpha USA/Northwest. For more information, visit or send registration and payment to Alpha USA/Northwest, 13646 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. Checks should be made payable to “Alpha USA.”

Will beauty save the world?

University ranked high in annual survey

As an undergraduate, Gregory Wolfe came across this phrase from Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” Wolfe writes about this discovery: “For a young college student, possessed of boundless confidence in rational debate and political action, the implication that beauty alone could harbor such redemptive powers was unsettling, to say the least.” As a young writer, he believed that the West’s decadence could be retrained or reformed by politics. That belief, however, was replaced by the idea that renewal can emerge from the “imaginative visions of the artist and the mystic.” So sets the stage for “Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age,” a collection of essays Wolfe wrote over the last several decades. Wolfe is a writer in residence at Seattle Pacific University, where he serves as director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. He is also the founder and editor of “Image,” one of the country’s leading journals on literature and the arts. A theme that runs throughout the book is how art and faith come

KIRKLAND — “U.S. News and World Report” recently released its “American’s Best Colleges 2012” publication and Northwest University in Kirkland was “regionally ranked as a Tier I baccalaureate college,” according to the school. Northwest ranked ninth in the category, an improvement over last year’s 14th ranking. “It is an honor to be listed among America’s best colleges,” said Northwest University’s President Joseph Castleberry, on the school’s website. “As Northwest University adds programs and gets bigger, we are even more committed to getting better, providing the highest quality education. This ranking confirms the capabilities and commitment of our faculty and it is a tribute to them.” Northwest also ranked among the top 10 baccalaureate colleges in the “Best Value School” category. The rankings took into account academic quality and tuition costs for the 2010-2011 academic year. For more information about Northwest University, visit www.

Review by Scott Noble “Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age” By Gregory Wolfe ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2011, 278 pages, $29.95

Gregory Wolfe teaches at Seattle Pacific University and is the author of ‘Beauty Will Save the World.’

together in the modern world. “Certainly the largest framework, you might say, of why I’ve written the kinds of pieces that are in there sort of brings together my interest in the way that art and faith can or should come together in the modern world,” Wolfe said. “In other words, I became interested in the idea of how in a time where secularization was a very obvious phenomenon of the public square of modern society, how the ancient Christian faith could still be rendered by artists in such an environment.” After laying his foundation for the idea of the redemptive power of the arts, Wolfe briefly profiles several writers and positions their work within the realm of the restorative power of the creative sphere. Many of the writers and artists profiled are familiar to Christians, including Flannery O’Connor, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wendell Berry, Larry Woiwode and several others. Of the numerous artists Wolfe examines in “Beauty Will Save the World,” he said two stand out. “The two 20th century heroes of mine that help inspire me to look for more like them were T. S. Eliot, the poet, and Flannery O’Connor, the novelist,” he said. “Both of those writers in very different ways … had this very interesting combination that I was looking for: somebody who was deeply traditional in faith but utterly contemporary in artistic style. I thought that was important because precisely it solved that problem that I had, which was great artists show us our world and they help us to see more deeply into the problems and the challenges that our society has.” The modern world, with its secularization and pop culture that many Christians approach with trepidation, is where the Christian artist must work, however. Even though Wolfe writes that “The plight of the Christian artist in the modern world can best be understood, I believe, in terms of the metaphor of exile,” the challenge is to find ways to interact with this culture—even if one is considered an outsider. Wolfe does not believe, however, that the development of a Christian subculture over the past several decades is the answer to how Christians should interact with culture. “I think that Christians in the last 100 years have given in to the temptation to prefer safety to even truth—and that’s maybe a little harsh,” he said. “The danger of Christians’ creating their own subculture is that while it seems to offer a protected realm—a realm that somehow was going to be free

from the perceived dangers of the mainstream culture, however you wanted to define them—that the very process of trying to create a safe world tended to make us gun shy of really grappling with human nature in an honest way.” The removal of the Christian artist—poet, painter, writer—from mainstream culture and into a Christian subculture has resulted, Wolfe believes, in the Christian’s inability to “speak more deeply to the world at large because by just imitating it [art] and putting a message in it, we lose the chance to engage it at a much deeper level.” Nevertheless, Wolfe believes that Christians are becoming less committed to the idea of a subculture. He believes that younger generations are more skeptical of it. As such, he believes that Christian artists need to have confidence that “their imaginative vision of the world will find resonance in the larger culture and move hearts in a way that art [imitation] seldom can.” Wolfe’s thesis will find resonance with many Christian artists who feel unsure of how exactly to engage culture. The profiles of various artists and how their vision impacted wider society will encourage many. While many of the artists mentioned in the book are familiar names, some of them are not as well known, including Geoffrey Hill, Andrew Lytle and Mary McCleary. Wolfe writes with authority and passion, and even though the essays are written over a 30-year period, they are nearly seamless in their direction and rhythm. In addition, Part One of “Beauty Will Save the World” gives a good introduction to Wolfe as an individual and how his beliefs and values on art have been shaped. It’s a good read for those contemplating the role of Christian artists in the ever-changing modern cultural context. “Beauty Will Save the World” can be purchased at area bookstores and online.



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Study: Abortion tied to depression, suicide By Michael Foust BP News Service LONDON — Women who have undergone an abortion have an 81 percent higher risk for mental health problems and are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse alcohol and suffer depression, according to a study in a mainstream British journal that is getting considerable attention from both sides of the abortion debate. The meta-analysis—meaning it reviewed numerous studies of related research—in the latest edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry examined 22 studies from 1995 to 2009 involving 877,000 women, including 163,000 who had experienced an abortion. The paper’s author, Priscilla K. Coleman of Bowling Green State University, said there actually are “hundreds of studies” showing a link between abortion and serious mental health risks, and that three recent studies that reached a very different conclusion had major flaws. One of those studies by an American Psychological Association task force received significant media attention and concluded there were no risks.

But Coleman said her analysis shows that abortion “is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems.” “There are in fact some real risks associated with abortion that should be shared with women as they are counseled prior to an abortion decision,” Coleman writes in her paper before chiding the research community for not conducting unbiased research. “... The responsibility therefore rests initially within the research community to set aside personal ideological commitments, objectively examine all high-quality published data, and conduct analyses of the literature that are based on state-of-the-art data analysis procedures....” The issue of abortion and mental health problems, she wrote, too often is “shrouded in political controversy” and “has not received the scholarly attention it deserves.” The fact that the study was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, one of the world’s leading psychiatric journals, is important, those who monitor the abortion debate say. “Its appearance in a top psychiatry journal indicates that it was

carefully critiqued and evaluated by respected public-health scholars,” Michael J. New, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, wrote at “... Hopefully, the prestige of the journal, the volume of studies included, and the consistency of the findings will encourage the mainstream media to give a second look to this important issue.” Coleman’s study “offers the largest available body of evidence on the psychological impact of abortion,” New said. Jeanne Monahan, director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity, said the study “reveals the indisputable truth that abortion is bad for women’s mental health.” FRC is a pro-life group. “With this information, doctors now have a valid and unbiased synthesis of the current research available on the relationship between abortion and women’s mental health,” Monahan said in a statement. “Because it is a meta-analysis, the research is much more thorough and reliable than any other single study or review to date.”

Judge blocks Texas law requiring sonograms before abortions By Lori Arnold AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has blocked implementation of a new Texas law requiring sonograms for all women seeking abortions. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued a preliminary injunction Aug. 30 prohibiting penalties against doctors who violate the law’s provisions, saying the law’s language was “unconstitutionally vague” and infringes upon the First Amendment rights of doctors. The law was to have been implemented Sept. 1. “Today’s ruling is a huge victory for women in Texas and a clear signal to the state legislature that it went too far when it passed this law,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement after the ruling. The center filed a class-action lawsuit against the regulations on June 13 on behalf of Texas abortion

doctors and their patients. It is also fighting a similar bill in Oklahoma. “Politicians have no business telling doctors how to practice medicine or meddling in women’s private medical decisions,” she said. In his decision, Starks said the law exceeds the primary focus of the practice of medicine. “The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” Sparks wrote. As to the center’s charge that the bill was too vague, Sparks responded, “The court is inclined to agree with defendants’ characterization that “plaintiffs have chosen to throw everything at the wall and hope something sticks,” according to CNN. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the bill into law in May, vowed to appeal the decision.

“Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy, and today’s ruling is a great disappointment to all Texans who stand in defense of life,” he said. “This important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying and understands the devastating impact of such a life-changing decision. I have full confidence in Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to appeal this decision as he defends the laws enacted by the Texas Legislature.” Under the terms of the law, a woman must have a sonogram within 24 hours of an abortion procedure and doctors are required to describe the physical attributes of the baby as shown by the sonogram, including its dimensions and the development of its limbs, organs and heartbeat. The law provided exceptions from the verbal descriptions requirements for women in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality.

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