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.