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By Don Meyer

CHICAGO, IL (December 24, 2008) – Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a few comments from readers on stories published as part of the Covenant online news report.

We will share from time to time some of those responses generated through the “comments” link attached to each published story. This kind of feedback is very helpful to our Covenant News Service staff as we seek to identify and publish stories of great interest to a broad spectrum of online readers of this report.

Following are comments relating to recently published stories, edited in some cases for length. To read a particular story of interest, search for the headline.

Memorial Service Wednesday for Phillip E. Danielson

Shirley Gustafson of Batavia, IL, writes: Phil was the pastor in Kingsburg when I served as Christian education director. He was great to work with and became not just my pastor, but also a dear, dear friend. I spent many happy times in their home and have kept in touch through the years. The last time I saw him was March 2007 when I visited Turlock. I thank God for him and his influence on my life.

Advent: God Deep in the Flesh

Karen Walker of Turlock, CA, writes: As always, I come away from the “Weborgian” writings having been drawn deeper and nearer to the heart of God as well as to the gentle and wise heart of John Weborg. As a student at North Park University in the 1970s, I heard Zenos Hawkinson refer to John Weborg as the “most consummate of word-smiths.” Truer words cannot be spoken of the gift God has given John and we all are beneficiaries of John’s faithfulness to our Father. I confess that it is to John’s column that I immediately turn when The Covenant Companion arrives. Thank you for sharing so generously with all of us, John. You are dearly loved.

Joan Porter of Topeka, KS, writes: I have appreciated so much these weekly reprints by Dr. Weborg! Do you know if there is a plan to sometime publish a compilation of all of his Companion columns? I have saved many of them, but would LOVE to have them in a compiled form. Have a blessed Christmas!

Everett Wilson to Conclude 46 Years in Ministry

Phyllis Wildeson of Golden Valley, MN, writes: Thanks for meaningful remarks by Everett Wilson. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have this as a “Covenant tradition” for retiring pastors to share a thought or two about their philosophy of ministry, or important things learned? God bless all you pastors – those still in ministry and those remembering their years of ministry and now retired!

No Bible Story Allowed? Church Nixes Zoo Event

Gary Coryer of Colchester, VT, writes: Sad . . . wouldn’t diversity be including stories of other faiths, rather than eliminating the only expression they had?

Palestinians, Covenanters Join in Leadership Project

Allan Barsema of Belvidere, IL, writes: Several from our church (First Evangelical Covenant in Rockford, Illinois) have visited Palestine and have fallen in love with the people. Several of us are working on a project, in close cooperation with Palestinian professionals, to help create gainful employment opportunities providing professional services through the Internet. I would be interested in communicating with anyone of like mind that might be interested in helping with developing such a project.

Older Stories

Occasionally we receive comments about stories published some time ago. Most often, readers come across them while topically perusing search engines or when visiting the online Covenant News Archive maintained by Covenant News Service. We appreciate reader comments at any time about any story that has appeared as part of our online Covenant news report.

No Free Lunch? Not True in Sweden, Maine!

Christopher Santiago of Chennai, India, writes: Wonderful! May the Lord bless this ministry and bring more non-believers to accept Jesus as Savior of their lives.

Campolo: ‘Time to Start Taking Jesus Seriously’

Hal Metzger of Scottsdale, AZ, writes: Challenging students to go into all the world is a noble aim. But, I ask, to do what? The social gospel (I presume was the reference) is not ever to supplant the admonition of our Lord. He sent those who believe in him and trust in him to spread the good news of salvation and make disciples of all nations. Our sin-sick world is replete with non-believers who are sincerely responding to tertiary Christian mission projects with the erroneous belief that by doing God’s work in the world, they are building up treasures in heaven. That is “good works” and nothing else. Jesus came to save humankind! All else is secondary.

New DVD Takes Fun Look at CHIC History

Ren Liner of San Marcos, TX, writes: I was at the first CHIC at Covenant Heights near Estes Park, Colorado. What memories!

Honorary Degrees to Maldonado, Buchanan

Janeshia Robinson of Los Angeles, CA, writes: I am continuously blessed and amazed by the power of the Word. The Evangelical Covenant Church and its members, like Maldonado and Buchanan, do so much to bring the good news all over the world. I am pleased to see them receive this recognition.

Bishop Benjamin F. Reid Dead

Denise Bluford of Fort Worth, TX, writes: I love this story on my late Bishop Reid. He was a good man and a blessing to me and my family.

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