Breathing, Being and Benedictions

Breathing, Being and Benedictions by Kevin Butler   After my Korner in June, some people were hoping to hear my plan for what I’ll be doing next. Here it is: Breathing. I want to pull back from a quarter-century of deadlines and just breathe for a bit. I want to concentrate on “being” more than doing. In April, I was immensely blessed to participate in a “Biblical Imagination” conference led by singer, author and scholar Michael Card. He has produced commentaries and musical albums based on the Gospels of Luke and Mark, and this latest conference reviewed his work in Matthew. The timing of this conference on the Gospel of Matthew was perfect. Michael Card sees “identity” as a huge focus for the apostle. Who are we in the eyes of God and others? Our last exercise for the two-day gathering was for each of us to re-write the Beatitudes from a personal perspective. As I was inspired and wrote “my” Beatitudes, I was struck at the progression that will soon hit me in real life—that of being an editor, a former editor, then just me.   Blessed is the “lone wolf,” only-paid-staff editor who has a lot of people to thank for a 25-year run, knowing that there’s NO WAY he could have done it “alone”—for his is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed is this editor who mourns for not always giving credit to others (or God)—for he shall be comforted. Blessed is the editor who gives thanks and gives it up and gives it over to others—for he shall inherit the earth. Blessed is the former editor who lays down the title and the position and recognition and deadlines to seek God—for he shall be filled. Blessed is the former editor who plans to give of himself to others instead of expecting or demanding of others—for he shall be shown mercy. Blessed am I when I have one focus and one purpose and one motive: to give God the glory—for I shall see God. Blessed am I when I teach others this way of life, guiding them to peace—for I shall be called a son of God. Blessed am I when my...

The Editor gets the final word:

The Editor gets the final word:

Jun 24, 2014

The Editor gets the final word:     THANK YOU!   To the Creator and Sustainer of the universe To the SDB Conference for your patience and trust To Leanne, the Center Staff, and writers for your faithful and excellent work   As I dedicated my first issue to my Dad, I gratefully dedicate this one to Janet Davis Butler Thank you for being my rock-steady helpmate. Your skills and love have guided our home during my work-related absences. Your wisdom and sensitivity continue to amaze and bless me. I’m so glad we followed God’s plan together. I’m so glad “I found the one whom my soul loves.” (Song of Solomon 3:4) I’m so glad you are by my side as a new journey begins....

About a Rev named Kev

About a Rev named Kev

Jun 24, 2014

About a Rev named Kev     My adult (?) children got together (collaborated, conspired) by e-mail and Facebook to generate this wild tribute to their Old Man. Janet, honey, what have we created?? My guess is some grateful and creative and funny kids. Thanks, guys and gals!—Editor         Hey Pappy!   Here’s what your family came up with for a page to honor YOU! [Sing it to the tune of “The Beverly Hillbillies”]:   Come and listen to a story about a Rev named Kev Once a seminarian, barely kept his family fed Then one day he became a millionaire— Okay, not quite; he became an editaire   An editor that is, of The Sabbath Recorder…   He would mark it up with red from the cover to the back Fixin’ all the errors while he wore his fanny pack Gatherin’ all the features from ’round the country He sure grieved the loss of the Hostess bakery!   (No more snacks right next door, that is.)   We’d go visit Dad in his organized messes From the creepy basement borrow Christian VHS’s Lighthouses all around and the smell of fresh coffee Raid “Matt and Jax snacks” while we worked for free   (Stuffing so many envelopes for a pizza lunch)   He would pack up his bags and fly to parts unknown Meeting up with committees, he was rarely alone— To Denver, Seattle, all across the U-S-A Then to Nortonville, and Atlanta of G-A     Mighty big thanks to all those SR Committee folks!   He drafted up a page, spelling corner with a “K” Divulgin’ family matters nearly ev’ry other day Shipped around the world so that everybody’d know The SDB magazine with the sweet logo…   (“S.R.” that is…)   Twenty-five long years of a monthly deadline May have messed with his mind, but not his hairline He’s shown to his family what commitment truly is His kids’ big events? No, he never did miss   (He’s a pretty great grand-pappy, too)   And now for Rev Kev a new adventure awaits God’s blessings on him flow down from heaven’s gates Twenty-five long years of serving the...

Family Flux – July/August 2014

New Members Full Gospel SDB Cumberland, MD Ron Higson, pastor Joined by letter Sandi Clark Daniel Pikora   Shiloh, NJ Don Chroniger, pastor Joined after baptism Jonah Charles Bond   Marriages Bond – Williams.  Richard Aaron Bond and Katherine “Kate” Williams were united in marriage on May 17, 2014, at the home of the bride’s parents in Bridgeton, NJ. Rev. Everett C. Dickinson performed the ceremony.   Births Crouch.—A daughter—yes, a daughter after five boys—Katriel Janette, was born to Rick and Grace (Camenga) Crouch of Titusville, FL on June 2, 2014. Inabnit.—A son, Declan Craig, was born to Eric and Erin (Burdick) Inabnit of Algona, WA on June 8, 2014.     Obituaries  Loofboro.—Dortha J. Loofboro, 80, passed away on May 28, 2014 at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, Wis. She was born October 5, 1933 in Salem, W.Va., the daughter of Carroll and Lucretia (Thompson) Bond. Dortha married Leland Green August 21, 1951 in Lost Creek, W.Va. He passed October 8, 1979. She then married Carroll Loofboro December 26, 1982 at the Milton (Wis.) Seventh Day Baptist Church. He passed April 15, 2006. Dortha moved to Milton in 1982. She had taught home economics in Oconto Falls, Oconto, and Stratford, Wisconsin Schools. She then taught food service and sanitation at Blackhawk Tech in Beloit, Wis. She was a member of the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church and Whitehall United Methodist churches. She was active in both churches in woman’s circle.
She served as a deacon in Milton. In high school Dortha was active in 4-H and FFA. She enjoyed showing hereford cattle and won many championships. Dortha was a fantastic cook and baker. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and gifted several grandchildren with quilts. Her gracious manner of making people feel welcome and appreciated will be greatly missed. Dortha is survived by her sister Sylvia Shreves of Charleston, W.Va.; and her children: David Green of Mondovi, Wis., Lois Bailey of Whitehall, Wis., and Janet Green of Marshfield, Wis.; Sue Hoff, Linda Gilmore, Warren Loofboro, Neil Loofboro, Rodney Loofboro, LeRoy Loofboro, Bob Loofboro all of Milton, Wis.; Alan Loofboro of Carthage, Texas, Lori Ball of Imboden, Ark.; along with 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She...

Shiloh Church Honored

Shiloh Church honored by Donna S. Bond, Shiloh, N.J.   Too often we hear the cries of separation of Church and State from those who wish for “freedom from religion” rather than “freedom of religion” as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. It was therefore refreshing to attend Ranch Hope’s* Founder’s Banquet celebrating their Golden anniversary on May 8, 2014. We had been told that the Shiloh SDB Church was to receive the 2014 Christian Partner Award from Ranch Hope. However, we did not expect the State of New Jersey Legislature to acknowledge our 50 years of support to Ranch Hope with a framed “Joint Legislative Commendation.” The citation is too lengthy to quote verbatim, but “Whereas” introduced the following:   1)    Our District Legislative Representatives are pleased to “honor and congratulate” (the) “Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh upon receiving the 2014 Christian Partner Award”; and 2)   The church is “honored and saluted for its outstanding contributions to Ranch Hope and its exemplary dedication” to those in need; and 3)   Pastor and the congregation have provided volunteer assistance and supported special projects; and 4)   Strength and success of our State, our communities and our Nation depend on organizations which act together to “further a cause,” “perform a necessary service” or “relieve others from unavoidable hardship”; and 5)   The people of New Jersey are indebted to the Church whose endeavors improve the “quality of life of those surrounding them.”   Pastor Donald Chroniger accepted the awards on behalf of the church, stating that the church’s involvement began under the leadership of Pastor Charles Bond and continued through the pastorate of John Camenga to the present day. Executive Director Dave Bailey Jr. commended the congregation for prayer support, financial support and volunteer work. Drawing from a variety of unexpected success stories, keynote speaker Dr. Tony Campolo of Evangelical Associates for The Promotion of Education, proposed that faith-based agencies work because they provide HOPE for those who need it. However, some 400 in attendance did not need to rely only on secondhand success stories. Jermaine Jones, a former Ranch Hope resident who placed in the top ten on American Idol, embodied success when he sang, “I Look...