Creative Writing 5

Hello friends! This week’s submission by David Olson is Part Two of the Featured Musicians project here on the CW² page. The best music, I think, incorporates not only artistic melodies, but also creative lyrics. This song by David does just that: he’ll leave you thinking about his message while suppressing the urge to get up and dance. Be sure to check out his song online once you’ve read the lyrics! “Wrong” By David Olson, circa…

Reflections on the LGBTQI Debate by Dave Thomas

It is with some reluctance that I enter into the discussion about same-sex relationships that is now the subject of so much attention here on campus. I have spent a lot of time reading and thinking about this subject in recent years because I think it is, for a lot of reasons, the most difficult matter facing the church and society today.  The conversation has now become so caustic that it is very nearly impossible…

Life Undocumented by Becka Hanan

We write this feature while eating a delicious Papa Murphy’s pizza. The toppings include, onions, olives, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Beside the mouthwatering pie is a delicious Hermiston watermelon, and we realize how we are all touched by the agricultural community. Not only does the agricultural industry work hard to provide nourishing goodness in our stomach, but also provides a huge cultural and economic advantage to the Walla Walla Valley and Washington State. Sadly, there is…

Pharisees, Whores, and Christian Duty by Jesse Churchill

In two past articles of The Collegian, “The ‘Problem’ of Homosexuality” by Micah Hall and “Love and the Church” by Randy Folkenberg, the story about the adulterous woman in John 8 was mentioned. However, the story was used by both authors in different ways. First, Hall states that Jesus didn’t tell the Pharisees to “love her, but hate what she did.” Hall makes the point that Jesus called the Pharisees out on their own sins. Folkenberg…

Welcome Everybody to the Wild, Wild West

Every year I look forward to basketball season, and this year is no exception with the NBA beginning this week. However, this year I am more anxious than I have ever been for the season to begin. What I love about the NBA is the majority of its headlines are centered around what is happening, or will happen, on the court, unlike the NFL, whose stories seem to focus on off-the-field issues of players and…

The Shannon Pierce Guide to Britain

Welcome to the fifth week of the quarter. While things may be tense, I want you to take a minute to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine yourself in Britain. One reason it’s great is because there’s so much to do in and around London. I’ve narrowed it down to three suggested tours: literature, history, and geek. There are a number of organized tours that will take you from one point in the city to…

Midterm Elections

Midterm elections are in full swing, as ballots need to be received by Tuesday, November 4. Washington state holds elections during this round for U.S. House, State Senate, State House, five statewide ballot measures, local ballot measures, and State courts. Although the election outcomes remain unknown until ballots have been counted, it has been shown that the east side of Washington state typically votes more conservatively than the western part of the state, as the large population…

Part of us

We throw shards of glass Hoping to make edible the explanation of our rhythm who is the rhyme of our being They speak through pain Acknowledged as their unbelief For it is written, “A message of love, with glass in between.” Separated through sickness using intentionally blinded eyes eternal truth as our focus We then reign supreme Follow your way and I’ll follow mine We seek to serve our message the war cry is sung!…

Why I Left the Church by Steven Farr

It seems like every time you open a religious magazine lately you will find at least one article contained within its pages about the young people who are leaving the Church. I have noticed that magazines looking for content on this issue have been asking young people to submit their thoughts on this troubling trend. At first I was impressed that religious magazines had decided to ask young people to weigh in on the conversation….

Nordstrom’s Tomato Basil Soup

Yes, you read that right. Nordstrom. Believe it or not, Nordstrom is not limited to clothing, shoes, and accessories. Not only is it a fabulous place to shop, it also sports a restaurant that provides a divine eating experience. Their tomato soup recipe is ranked among the best of the best. Luckily for us, this copycat recipe is a pretty simple one. The secret to its perfection seems to be in the carrots. If you…