by Mark G. Holbrook

The existence of evil and suffering are, without question, the most common reason people claim not to believe in God, or at least in a loving, just, and personal God. As one commentator says, “It is not merely a problem, it is the problem.” And John Stott reported, “The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith…”

We sure see enough evil and suffering. Tornadoes, floods and fires in recent weeks alone have caused—and are still causing—untold grief and misery. And we all know someone, perhaps it’s even you, whose personal world is broken, shattered. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Matt Weidler, an ECCUemployee, was awarded a $10,000 check for having a brilliant idea — accessing ATMs using a cell phone. Matt was announced the winner of the CO-OP THINK prize on May 17 at the annual THINK Conference in Anaheim, CA. 

Read more about Matt’s winning idea by going to the CO-OP THINK website and clicking on 2011 Winner

What do you think of Matt’s idea?

by Mark G. Holbrook

What does it mean to “hurt” another believer? I’m not talking about hurting someone’s feelings, or even causing physical pain. 

If you look at Romans 14, specifically verse 15 (“For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love.”), you see a definition for “hurt” that means causing people to be spiritually weakened by your example. Tempting them to violate their conscience. Causing them to stumble.  [read more]

by Jac La Tour

ECCU loves to make ministries more effective. For years we did it primarily by financing their facilities, but we also recognize that sometimes buying may not be the best option. This is one reason our ministry development officers consult with ministries—to look at their needs and help them determine if they are better off buying or leasing. [read more]

by Mark Jones

We all know that whenever corporate officers or signers change, we need to update our account agreements with our financial institution. For many churches, this often becomes an annual exercise when board members change. [read more]