Doing Better

By Becky De Oliveira— One thing I really love about people is how hard they try. I love the way we all pretty much get up every day and try to do better than we’ve done before. We’re always making up new goals for ourselves—for our health, our parenting, our work, relationships, betterment. Even for our relationship with God—our role as disciples. We want to do better. People announce that they are going to give up sugar or screaming at their kids. They are going to keep in touch with friends more frequently. Be more organized. Take more steps. Read [...]

Doing Better2018-04-27T18:33:13-07:00

Separation Anxiety

By Delroy Brooks— For the first few years of my ministry, I was a stay-at-home father. As far as possible, I stayed home with our kids. I was home for my son’s first four years and for my daughter’s first three. As a result, I became used to having my kids around me for the most part. We spent idle time together, play time together, work time together. They would accompany me to my office at church. I had a playpen in my office to keep them occupied while I did Bible studies or planned events. They have joined in [...]

Separation Anxiety2018-04-19T21:43:51-07:00

Beyond the King of the Hill

By Mark Witas— “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, [...]

Beyond the King of the Hill2018-04-13T20:35:30-07:00

As You Do It to the Least

By Becky De Oliveira— The kid is one of my good students. He sits in the second row. He hangs on my every word. He likes to write and participates enthusiastically in class discussions and small group work. He’s not exactly a kid. Mid-twenties. But age doesn’t matter. They’re all kids to me because I am their teacher. I take my responsibilities seriously and believe they go far beyond covering the material in the syllabus or textbook. What I teach is more than English composition. My job is to help everyone I encounter to discover their potential and value, to [...]

As You Do It to the Least2018-04-06T16:28:25-07:00

Walla Walla University Condemns Racism in Statement, Investigates Social Media Incident

President John McVay addresses racial issues during campus-wide assembly. On March 27, 2018, Walla Walla University administrators and officials met to discuss the ongoing investigation of reports that a small group of Walla Walla University students distributed photos of themselves in blackface on social media. In a same-day statement published online, the university condemned racism, saying that it "takes seriously our mission to value all people and to provide safety and security on our campuses. As such, the university enforces policies and processes related to student conduct. This incident will be thoroughly investigated by the Student Conduct Board, which will determine appropriate sanctions." In response [...]

Walla Walla University Condemns Racism in Statement, Investigates Social Media Incident2018-04-05T18:42:47-07:00