The church is never more the church than at a funeral. Or so I decided last week, as the members and friends of Salem Covenant joined five families in paying final respects to five saints of the church. I didn’t know all five well, but I am glad that I was able to attend last Friday’s memorial service for Alyce Hawkinson… More Alyce’s Song: Reflections on a Funeral
In my day job as a history professor, I’ve spent a lot of time in the past week investigating the experience of immigrants during World War I. And since most of the faculty and students at Bethel in 1917-18 were either born in Sweden themselves or the children or grandchildren of such immigrants, I’ve also been thinking about my own… More What’s the Evangelical Covenant Church? “An Immigrant Church”
I’m not quite as excited about this announcement as the one I blogged about earlier today, but that’s just me being selfish, since it’s great news for lots of people, including the central figure… Rev. Efrem Smith will be leaving his position as superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of my denomination, the Evangelical Covenant… More Efrem Smith to Head World Impact
12/14/11 – Earlier this fall I had the honor of being invited to write a brief appreciation of longtime Covenant pastor and editor Jim Hawkinson for the newsletter Pietisten. That piece appears on p. 15 of the Fall/Winter 2011 issue, now available (not online, but you can find out how to get that and earlier… More Article in Pietisten
Last week I mentioned that I was preparing to preach a sermon for the first time, at Salem Covenant Church of New Brighton, MN on All Saints’ Sunday. Despite my fears, it seemed to go well yesterday, and I thought I’d post my text in case anyone who wasn’t there was interested in reading it.… More A Stretched People
My friend Jim Hawkinson passed away two months ago today. In that time, he’s been honored by two memorial services (the one at our church, where he served as visitation pastor, drew something like 700 people) and several excellent essays. And while I promised my own appreciation a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure that… More J. Hawk
7/6/11 – I’ll have my own appreciation to post later in the summer, but for now, I’d encourage anyone who knew or simply knew of Jim Hawkinson to read the July 2011 issue of The Covenant Companion. If you don’t subscribe, you can find him remembered in pieces by Jane Swanson-Nystrom (who quotes Jay Phelan… More Jim Hawkinson
I don’t know anyone who writes who enjoys coming up with a title. Even the bountifully gifted writing staff of the underappreciated sitcom NewsRadio simply gave up and started copping titles from Led Zeppelin albums twenty episodes into the show’s run. Part of me suspects that we shouldn’t seek to improve on the example of… More What’s a Pietist Schoolman?