Feature Story Archive:

The Problem and Blessing of Pain

Published: Summer 2012
The Problem and Blessing of Pain

by Mark T. Nelson, Kenneth and Peggy Monroe Professor of Philosophy When you think about philosophy, what immediately comes to mind? A sense that it’s an abstract undertaking dealing with hypothetical issues far removed from ordinary life? In fact,... Read More

Reflections of a Cult Watcher

Published: Spring 2012
Reflections of a Cult Watcher

By Ronald M. Enroth, Professor of Sociology, Westmont College Theologian Ronald Sider published an article in the Christian Scholar’s Review in 2007, “Needed: A Few More Scholars/ Popularizers/Activists: Personal Reflections on my Journey,” that described the various roles he’s... Read More

Bringing Children to Jesus

Published: Spring 2012
Bringing Children to Jesus

Ruben and Holly Seguine ’93 Gil live on the east side of Santa Barbara and open their home to at-risk children. This ministry of love stems from their own pain and difficult childhoods. They strive to provide a safe, loving refuge... Read More

A Sobering Assessment of Global Security

Published: Winter 2012
President's Breakfast

Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense for two presidents of different parties, warned the audience at the Westmont President’s Breakfast March 2 that the political situation worldwide could grow more chaotic and dangerous, especially in the Middle... Read More

Ripples of Hope in South Africa

Published: Winter 2012
Ripples of Hope in South Africa

by Justin Zoradi ’04 I fidgeted anxiously in a metal chair, practicing my breathing. In a moment’s time, I would be addressing a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at a high school graduation in Cape Town, South Africa. The... Read More

Can Doubters Know God?

Published: Winter 2012
Can Doubters Know God?

by James E. Taylor ’78 According to Cat Stevens (and more recently Sheryl Crow), “The First Cut is the Deepest.” When your first romantic love abandons you, it hurts more than subsequent break-ups do. In “Faith at the Edge:... Read More

The Necessity of Character: The Foundation of Effective Leadership

Published: Fall 2011
The Necessity of Character: The Foundation of Effective Leadership

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. An edited excerpt from “The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership” ‘It all comes down to ethics,” replied the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar investment company. We were golfing,... Read More

Low Swing and Sweet Cherries

Published: Fall 2011
Low Swing and Sweet Cherries

by Jamie Wells ’12 We often smelled like leaves and mud and sweat, then—we even showed up at church carrying the trees on our faces and elbows. And you’d sing in that voice I’ll always remember as more of... Read More

Women in the Midst of War

Published: Summer 2011
Women in the Midst of War

by 1st Lt. Christina Prejean ’08 ‘What are you doing, Christina?” I asked myself. Strapped into the netting seats of a C-130 Air Force cargo plane, I wore my 30-pound, bulletproof vest, helmet, gloves, earplugs and eye protection in... Read More

Making the Bible Accessible in Botswana

Published: Summer 2011
Making the Bible Accessible in Botswana

by Rob Veith ’91 Last Sunday after church, I went on a riverboat cruise along the Thamalakane River. That’s what people do here in Maun, Botswana. It was liking being on the jungle ride at Disneyland, only real. When... Read More