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BRIEF: Panel to examine gender studies and Christian universities

09/14/13 On April 3 Whitworth University will host a panel discussion titled, “The Future of Women’s and Gender Studies at Christian Universities.” In this discussion Whitworth professor of political science Julia Stronks will lead Linda Beail,  director of women’s studies at Point Loma Nazarene University, Beth Martin Birky, director of women’s studies at Goshen College, and Kristina LaCelle Peterson, department …

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What Would Jesus Brew? Lots, beer makers say

09/14/13 All this talk of beer was making the former seminarian thirsty. “Cheers,” said assistant brewer Christopher McGarvey, taking a sip from his pint of golden ale. Then he continued his lecture on the history of beer in ancient Samaria to a crowd of about 90 on the third floor of this city’s Front Street Brewery. McGarvey is a recent …

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Pastor finds community in local coffee shops

09/14/13 The Shop is one of my most favorite neighborhood hangouts and it’s undergoing another transformation due to the new owners re-imagining the space. I’ve been visiting off and on over the last few weeks, anxiously awaiting the ‘shoe to drop’ and see what they do with the space. Granted, it wasn’t the most artistically or aesthetically loved spot before, …

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Spokane’s religion wrap-up: sex, end times, soup, oh my

09/14/13 Relationships and sexuality will be the topic of discussion next weekend at Victory Faith Fellowship. Jim Anderson, author of “Unmasked” will be leading a conference there March 30 and 31. His book is about sexual sins in today’s culture. More info on the free event can be found here. There’s really no good way to segue from sex to …

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Dealing with death

09/14/13 Facing death in a faith community is always a difficult experience, especially in a culture where death is both trivialized and avoided with a false sense of reality. People today are flooded with a commercialization of death avoidance that oppresses the aging and lies to the young. This multibillion dollar business machine is promulgating empty promises that leave individuals …

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BRIEF: Church presents “The Seven Last Words of Christ”

09/14/13 The  Chancel Choir of Central Lutheran Church will present a Lenten Cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on March 28. The cantata, written by Theodore Dubois, portrays Jesus’ finals hours. Soloists are Shannon Baker, Matt Johnson and Chuck Zimmerman.  Paul Brueggemeier will be conducting and Alice Hostetter will be at the organ. The performance begins at 7 p.m. …

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