Edith Webster: Pastor celebrates new book with signing in Rockford
Pastor Bob Griffin celebrates his book, “Firestorms of Revival: How Historic Moves of God Happened and Will Happen Again,” with a book signing at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes and Noble in Rockford.
Griffin, with his wife, Connie, founded Rockford Renewal Ministries, which has presented citywide Christian prayer gatherings since 1993. But Griffin’s background in revival is scholarly, too; it was the topic of his doctoral research.
His book builds the case prayer has contributed to positive changes in Rockford, from lower crime and higher school test scores to thriving new ministries.
Church Challenge winners announced
Congratulations to Paula Polfliet, overall winner of the 2007 Church Challenge, the singing competition presented by TV51 at the On the Waterfront festival. She, Stephanie Westscott, Dave DeMeester and Lynn Lilja won Viewer’s Choice awards.
Win a book about Islam
Today, Sept. 13, is the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic observance which calls for a month of fasting.
I am offering two copies of “Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy,” by Peter Gottschalk and Gabriel Greenberg. They define “Islamophobia” as “the largely unexamined and deeply ingrained anxiety many Americans experience when experiencing Islam and Muslim cultures.”
Be first to contact me requesting a copy, and one is yours.
Mark your calendar
The contradictory messages for girls in pop culture is the issue for September’s meeting of HerSpace, a Scripture-focused but nontraditional ministry for women, 7 to 8:15 a.m. Sunday at Roscoe U.M.C., 10816 Main Street.
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Rockford is celebrating dedication of its 2007 Holtkamp Pipe Organ Sunda at the church, 2821 N. Bell School Road.
Family structure doesn’t matter is Myth #2 at “Family MythBusters,” a program featuring scholar Allan Carlson, presented by Concerned Citizens for America and World Congress of Families, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Northeast Christian Church, 5651 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford.
On my mind, in my heart
I’m sorry to hear about the recent vandalism at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Rockford.
There has been graffiti and windows have been broken out of the church building, and vandals broke the windshield on the church van.
Ebenezer is a small congregation, making the destruction all the more painful.
I hope that the church’s downtown neighbors look out for Ebenezer. I also pray that God would prick the conscious of anyone who finds nothing wrong with defacing a house of worship.
Edith C. Webster’s column on religion and ethics appears on Thursdays. She can be reached at 815-987-1394 or email@example.com.