“We say Jesus, you are Lord of all.”
--song from the One Project
On day one of the One Project conference, the felt need the speakers seemed to address was Adventism’s need for deeper unity—the need for safety and mutual generosity that could liberate the church for a more expansive mission to the world.
“Very simply—I want honesty.”
If the person who is forgiven much can love much, as Jesus said, such a person can also face self-deception and begin to overcome it. The virtues grow in the soil of grace. What is true for the individual, moreover, is true for the community: grace can burn away our sins. And now, with the new flowering of Ellen White scholarship, it is high time—again—for honesty about the church’s prophet. What Kierkegaard said in his criticism of the church in Denmark, each of us must also say.
If you know an Adventist book editor who has earned degrees in law, literature, English and writing — and written or edited 12 books, including a novel — then you know Nathan Brown. For six years he edited church magazines for the South Pacific Division, and for the past five years has been book editor of the Signs Publishing Company, near Melbourne, Australia.
It’s no stretch to say that Roy Branson is a legend as a Sabbath School class leader. In Takoma Park, Maryland, the class at Sligo Church that he inspired and co-led over decades still meets. Though he moved to the west coast about a decade ago, long-participating members still associate the class with his name.
Turn to metaphor and ambiguity.
Address the disappointments of others.
Don’t think we determine the time of Christ’s return.
Left out won’t do; never give up.
Late Sabbath afternoon at the Adventist Forum’s conference on “The Great Adventist Stories,” four speakers addressed the ongoing experience of a community familiar, from the very beginning, with disappointment.
As much, perhaps, as any Adventist theologian, Daryll Ward brings about the marriage of hospitality and honest conversation. Nearly every Sabbath afternoon at his and his wife Adele Waller’s home near Dayton, Ohio, guests gather around a food-laden table for hours of rejuvenating talk. The focus may be faith or