Gary Walter

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Gary Walter

Gary Walter is the president of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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Clearly Generous

Communication comes with no guarantees. A message sent does not necessarily equate a message received. I quip that a pastor will say to me, “How come I didn’t know about that? And by the way, quit sending me so much […]

Differing Realities

Gary Walter is president of the Evangelical Covenant Church. One challenge for a monthly column is timeliness. Given lead time, a piece might not be printed until weeks after a significant event has taken place. That delay can also be […]

Marks of a Denomination

At a recent gathering of leaders from several denominations, I was asked to talk on “what makes a denomination a denomination.” In other words, if you dropped an ounce of denomination into a spectrometer, what chemical ingredients would be revealed? […]

Trends

A study on Protestant denominations was recently released based on figures compiled by Association of Religion Data Archives. It tracked attendance growth and decline for the years 2000–2010. Of the twenty-seven larger Protestant denominations, which grew the fastest? The Covenant. […]

Persecution

It is hard to grasp that the mere act of reading this column could get you ostracized, arrested, tortured, or killed. But the reality is, in parts of the world the persecution of Christians is fact. And it is increasing. […]

Rachel’s Weeping

I find myself still sighing deeply over the massacre of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Societally, we have gone through a collective emotional concussion, disorienting and nauseating, which are the two symptoms I remember from my […]

Hymns

Somebody once said the best book of theology many will ever read is a hymnal. That means some of the best theologians who have ever put pen to paper are hymn writers. We need a big worship vocabulary to worship […]