• Movie Reviews 9 hours ago

    Film in review – “Black or White”

    Film in review – “Black or White”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Based on a true story, “Black or White” dares to explore American race relations in a whole different light. Elliott (Kevin Costner) has just learned that his wife was killed in a tragic auto accident. Their only daughter had already died giving birth to her daughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), whom Elliott and his wife were raising, but, as usual, it was more complicated than that. Eloise’s dad, Reggie (Andre Holland), is a drug addict who’s never wanted to have much to do with his daughter. But Reggie’s mom, Rowena (Octavia… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 23 hours ago

    Steve Hayner remembered

    Steve Hayner remembered

    Steve Hayner To read the full obituary from Columbia Seminary, click here. In the last days of Steve’s life, the Outlook asked some of his friends and colleagues to share brief tributes of Steve’s life and faith.  It is a marvelous thing to experience God calling the right person for the right call at the right time.   Following the excellent leadership of our immediate past president, Laura Mendenhall, Columbia Seminary was positioned perfectly to move forward.  That is when we called Steve Hayner to serve as the ninth president of the… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 1 day ago

    Film in review – “Still Alice”

    Film in review – “Still Alice”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    What this movie does is invoke every experience you’ve had in dealing with loved ones suffering from dementia. That makes it a fairly powerful emotional experience in itself. But the film’s treatment of early-onset Alzheimer’s, and its effect on immediate family, deserves its own hearing. Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is an intelligent, energetic, ambitious achiever, who, by age 50, has carved out for herself an astoundingly successful academic career as the linguistics professor for Columbia University who wrote the standard textbook in her field. Her professional presentations are sharp,… continue reading...
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Film in review – “Black or White”

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Based on a true story, “Black or White” dares to explore American race relations in a whole different light. Elliott (Kevin Costner) has just learned that his wife was killed in a tragic auto accident. Their only daughter had already died giving birth to her daughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), whom Elliott and his wife were raising, but, as usual, it was more complicated than that. Eloise’s dad, Reggie (Andre Holland), is a drug addict who’s never wanted to have much to do with his daughter. But Reggie’s mom, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), isn’t about to give up so easily on her granddaughter. She’s a successful businesswoman who’s already the matriarch of her family, but try as she might, she can’t control Reggie. She can’t make him want to take responsibility for Eloise. But she can sue for custody herself, and she does, using as her attorney her brother, a high-powered lawyer in his own right. The trouble is, he can hardly hide his contempt for Reggie, calling him the very … [Read more...]

Steve Hayner remembered

Steve Hayner

To read the full obituary from Columbia Seminary, click here. In the last days of Steve's life, the Outlook asked some of his friends and colleagues to share brief tributes of Steve's life and faith.  It is a marvelous thing to experience God calling the right person for the right call at the right time.   Following the excellent leadership of our immediate past president, Laura Mendenhall, Columbia Seminary was positioned perfectly to move forward.  That is when we called Steve Hayner to serve as the ninth president of the seminary.  Steve came from among the faculty where he was serving as the Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth.  He loved students and loved teaching and was a favorite of our students.  To be honest, he had to be persuaded to even consider serving as president.  I was honored to serve on the presidential search committee as one of two faculty along with my colleague and friend, Christine Yoder, professor of Old Testament.  It became clear to the … [Read more...]

Steve Hayner dies: Seminary president and interdenominational leader

Steve Hayner

Decatur, GA (Columbia Seminary Communications)— Stephen (Steve) A. Hayner, president emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 66 surrounded by family and friends in the Columbia community. Known by many throughout the world with love, affection and gratitude, Steve was a person of many honors and degrees who refused to categorize others or himself by achievements. His goal was to always live to and for an audience of One, and his hope was to live life with wide open arms and relational integrity. His life was imbued with joy and freedom, which touched and changed many people along the way. Born June 23, 1948, Steve graduated from Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash. He then attended Whitman College also in Walla Walla, graduating summa cum laude in 1970 with a B.A. in English Literature. In 1972, Steve continued his education at Harvard Divinity School where he received his M.T.S. in Semitic Studies, and then one year later earned a … [Read more...]

Stated Clerk honors Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba

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MATANZAS, CUBA (OGA)  The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), presented the following resolution during a gathering in Matanzas, Cuba of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba. January 30, 2015 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is with great joy and deep gratitude to God that I greet you in the name of your sisters and brothers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As you gather for your first National Synod since the governments of Cuba and the United States began to ease the restrictions under which we have labored for the last 55 years, I give thanks for your amazing perseverance and courage during this time. You have been a beacon of hope to your people in the face of numerous challenges over these last decades, and you have never flagged in your welcoming hospitality to those of us who have been able to come and share in your witness. The lives of the members of our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been changed for good by … [Read more...]

Film in review – “Still Alice”

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What this movie does is invoke every experience you’ve had in dealing with loved ones suffering from dementia. That makes it a fairly powerful emotional experience in itself. But the film’s treatment of early-onset Alzheimer’s, and its effect on immediate family, deserves its own hearing. Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is an intelligent, energetic, ambitious achiever, who, by age 50, has carved out for herself an astoundingly successful academic career as the linguistics professor for Columbia University who wrote the standard textbook in her field. Her professional presentations are sharp, articulate, personable and knowledgeable. She is not only a popular classroom lecturer, she is an in-demand guest speaker at national conferences and seminars. Not only that, she is an attractive, happily-married woman with three grown children, whose husband, Dr. John Howland (Alec Baldwin), has his own very successful career in medical research. If you were to stop and ask her if she’s … [Read more...]

Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves as well as showers to Rome’s homeless

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter’s Square for homeless people. Bishop Konrad Krajewski told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire on Thursday (Jan. 29) that it would also offer haircuts and shaves when the services start on Feb. 16 in an area under the colonnade of the square. Krajewski, whose official title is the pope’s almoner, said barbers and hairdressers would volunteer their services on Mondays, the day their shops are traditionally closed in Italy. They had already donated chairs, hair-cutting instruments, and mirrors, the newspaper’s website said. Krajewski came up with the idea of building showers in St. Peter’s Square last year after a homeless person told him that while it was relatively easy to find places to eat … [Read more...]