Northwest Edition Vol. 21, No. 11
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Young adults struggle with what to believe in a post-modern world
Freedom, Schmeedom: Religious liberty on trial
Author wants to help readers gain a transformed prayer life
Reconciling differences Shoeboxes change lives through Seattle Pacific University’s John Perkins Center offers support
Operation Christmas Child
By Jennifer Ferrero
By Elizabeth Griffin
SEATTLE — We have heard the call to love one another from the Bible and in our Sunday school classes. But in practice, through a division in politics and cultures in the U.S., we are a divided nation. The John Perkins Center (Center) at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) aims to create reconciliation between people through partnerships, community engagement and communication. Reconciliation can be tough to grasp, although throughout Christian universities in America, the concept is becoming mainstream, according to Center Director Tali Hairston. In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:18 says, “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.” By definition, reconciliation means to settle differences and to become friendly with someone af-
TACOMA — Two little boys of the same age were lying side by side in hospital beds in the Philippines, recuperating from cancer treatment. One had lost his left leg and the other his right leg, and in the hospital they had become friends. One day, two shoeboxes arrived from Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a division of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoeboxes filled with presents, along with the gospel message, to needy children in more than 120 countries around the world each Christmas. The person who gave the boxes to the boys explained that the boxes were gifts from people who loved them and wanted them to know that God cares. As the boys opened their boxes, the first one cried out in delight as he saw a pair of shoes. He was so excited because he thought he would never have new shoes in his entire life. Then he realized that he couldn’t use both of them. The second boy opened his box and pulled out a pair of socks. Looking at each other with big grins, they traded one sock for one shoe. Both boys were beside themselves with excitement because they now each had a sock and a shoe for the one foot they had. “We rarely see shoes in the boxes, so the fact that this happened is really a big deal,” said
Dr. John Perkins, 80, visits Seattle Pacific University for a week each year for lectures, sermons and interaction with the Seattle community.
ter an estrangement or altercation. At the Center, the idea of reconciliation is more a practice of “living in the Kingdom of God,” Hairston said. He noted they are very proud of their efforts to create a university See PERKINS, page 3
Nearly 500 pastors challenge IRS with Pulpit Freedom sermons By Lori Arnold PHOENIX, Ariz. — Nine Washington state churches participated in the national Pulpit Freedom Sunday campaign challenging IRS restrictions on what pastors can say from the pulpit. In all, more than 475 churches nationwide registered for the event, held Oct. 2. The showing was nearly a five-fold increase from the previous year. The pastors represented 46 states and Puerto Rico.
Jim Garlow, chairman of the national Renewing American Leadership and one of the supporters of the event, said pastors “were really pumped up” on a post-event conference call. “The response of the congregations was really encouraging,” he said. “Pastors reported being interrupted with applause and in some cases they had standing ovations. We just didn’t anticipate that.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
See SHOEBOXES, page 19
A little girl in the Solomon Islands receives a shoebox full of presents through Operation Christmas Child.
See IRS CHALLENGE, page 2
Missionary son recounts story of death—and new life By Gail Wood ENUMCLAW — Matt McCully put his arm around the man who had killed his father and smiled for the picture. It’s a photo of forgiveness and mercy. Over 50 years ago, McCully’s father and four other missionaries were brutally killed by the Waodani Indians in a remote Ecuadorian jungle. McCully has returned to the very beach where the massacre occurred and listened to Mincaye, the man who drove the fatal spear into Ed McCully’s body, tell what happened that tragic day. “My whole life I felt this need to know exactly what happened that day,” said McCully, who now lives in
a small logging town in southwest Washington. “To hear him tell what happened was overwhelming.” McCully’s mother was eight months pregnant with him in 1956 when five American missionaries made camp along the Curaray River, a few miles from the Waodanis, at the time a warring and primitive tribe. “I call it a wonderful, terrible place,” McCully said about the site where his father was killed. Terrible because of the tragic deaths. Wonderful because of the lives that were changed. The death of the five missionaries—Ed McCully, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian—drew national attenSee ECUADOR, page 9
Matt McCully, whose father was martyred in Ecuador more than 50 years ago, visits the Waodani village where his father and four other missionaries were killed by natives who have since become Christians.
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New â€˜180â€™ video documentary prompts turnabout on abortion Christian Examiner staff report DALLAS, Texas â€” The dramatic new documentary â€œ180â€? is gaining national attention. The documentary uses the history of the Jewish holocaust as a backdrop to challenge pro-choice positions on abortion. â€œ180,â€? produced by evangelist and Christian apologist Ray Comfort, features the filmmaker posing the question, â€œWhat would you do if...?â€? in a series of sidewalk interviews. Comfort begins by asking morally charged questions to a variety of people, most of them college age. He offered several different scenarios about when it was OK to kill. Eventually he leads to the topic to abortion. While several of those filmed got defensive, over the course of the 33-minute video, eight pro-choice advocates appeared to have changed their stand on abortion. Comfort, who released the video online on Sept. 26, is hoping the documentary will go viral. The video received more than one million views online in the first thirty days while thousands of DVDs are making rounds on college campuses nationwide. After viewing the DVD, Francis Chan, best-selling author and founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., said, â€œExtremely convicting. It made me question my courage. I pray it causes many to evaluate their silence.â€? Ironically, the film itself completed its own 180 degree turnaround as the filmmaker was focused on Hitler and the holocaust to create a companion DVD to go along with Comfortâ€™s new
A woman named Alysea was one of several young people interviewed in â€˜180â€™ a new documentary from Christian apologist Ray Comfort.
book â€œHitler, God, and the Bible.â€? In the course of the interviews for that project, Comfort offered up a variety of questions about life as it pertained to the holocaust and ultimately linked the discussion to abortion. â€œIt began with two male university students completely changing their minds about abortion when we asked them this one question,â€? Comfort said in a news release. â€œWe realized it wouldnâ€™t be convincing to have only males speaking on the subject, so we took to the streets, asking that one particular question, and found that six women changed their minds from pro-abortion to pro-life in a matter of seconds. It was amazing!â€? Comfort said he quickly recognized the filmâ€™s potential to open the doors of discussion. â€œI have held up pro-life signs. I have printed pro-life literature and spoken against abortion in pulpits and in my books, but I have felt that all my efforts
were almost futileâ€”that is, up until now,â€? Comfort said of the documentary. â€œIn â€˜180â€™ we have a nation changer.â€? He said the short film could become a vital tool in altering Americaâ€™s prevalent pro-choice view, particularly among young people. â€œMost of us know that we should be doing something to stop this horror, but the thought of protesting is a little unnerving, especially with the demonization of those who do so,â€? he said. â€œBut here is something each of us can easily doâ€”we can give this DVD out. We can pass them out on the streets, leave copies on park benches or on seats in malls or give it to the checkout lady at the supermarket. This isnâ€™t hard to do, and it will save livesâ€”perhaps millions of lives.â€?
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IRS CHALLENGEâ€Ś Continued from page 1 He said a poll of the pastors indicated that 98 percent of them said they would participate again. â€œIn 57 years, no church has lost its tax exemption by whatâ€™s been in the pulpit,â€? Garlow, the pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., said. â€œThe law creates fear in pastors and muzzles them.â€? Pulpit Freedom Sunday, a project of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), targets an IRS regulation known as the Johnson Amendment. The rule prohibits pastors from endorsing or opposing candidates from the pulpit, although they are free to discuss political issues. The law was created in 1954 by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who was upset with two businessmen who used their nonprofit status to campaign against the representative. As is common practice today, the amendment was slipped into another bill and passed as part of that legislative package with no comment. â€œThe 2,500 attorneys of the ADF believe that it is unconstitutional,â€? Garlow said. â€œThe IRS has been very skillful at keeping it out of the courts.â€? In an effort to bring the law under court review, the ADF has been soliciting pastors willing to challenge the IRS by preaching sermons â€œthat present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates.â€? The pastors are also sending audio and hard copies of their sermons directly to the IRS. â€œWe are not saying that every pastor needs to endorse from the pulpit, but they all have the right to do so if we are going to have an authentic separation of church and
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