Worship: The Outer Court as Sacred Space
There was no sermon, instead the liturgy (by Stefanie Johnson) mixed hymns (accompanied by an all teen ladies string quintet from the Orlando area), video interpretations of scripture, public readings, a skit, and a conversation with Roy Branson.
I particularly enjoyed the hymn singing and found new meaning in the words of each hymn in the context of our conversation this weekend about Christians in the Public Square.
The Church Has One Foundation
Faith of Our Fathers
Rise Up Oh Church of God
I got to thinking while responding to some comments in the Prop. 8 thread. (Yes, I know - to some readers that may seem like a shocking development:)
But seriously, where did we followers of Christ get sidetracked that we're so focused on defining marriage based on gender?
A growing number of Adventists are making a strong religious liberty case against the Pacific Union's Church/State Council's endorsement of Proposition 8 in California.
Here I respond to a friend who wondered how far Christian tolerance goes, and then I share how my support for this stand comes from my understanding of the Sabbath:
And here's Richard Rohr talking about politics and spirituality.
The Chattanoogan reports:
For the ninth consecutive year, Southern Adventist University's enrollment numbers increased at fall registration. Southern opened its doors to 2,777 students for the 2008-2009 academic year 137 students more than Fall, 2007. This marks Southern's 13th successive year of continuous growth.
Conscientious Objection & the Seventh-day Adventist Church Symposium
November 6-9, 2008
Kingsway College, Oshawa, ON
The PARL Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada is sponsoring a Symposium on Conscientious Objection in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Symposium is planned for November 6 - 9, 2008 in Oshawa, Ontario.
The Jamaica Observer reports:
Police Inspector Edgar Brown was having one of his normal days in June. He had picked up one of his daughters from school and was driving home to Montego Bay, St James, apparently looking forward to a relaxing evening with his family.
It's sometimes interesting to read random blog posts that include perceptions of Seventh-day Adventists. These aren't about the Church or a 3ABN celebrity, but are written by real folks talking about the Adventists they know from work or school or next door.
The following post, from a blog called Prior Perceptions, shows how Bible Study can be perceived from the other side and how practices can point away from deeper truths.