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Jared Wright

Un-conventional Praying?


Donald Miller, best-selling author of Blue Like Jazz led the Democratic National Convention in prayer on the first night of their gathering in Denver. Noteworthily, Miller prayed to God the Father and ended in the name of Jesus. What is going on in America? And what was with the first public “debate” of the Presidential Elections happening in church?

Ryan Bell on Recovering an Authentic, Credible Evangelism


Recent conversation here on the Spectrum blog has featured a robust discussion of evangelism--its content and its methods. Over the weekend, pastor-blogger Ryan Bell shared his sweeping vision for reclaiming Adventist evangelism, tackling the myth that anything that brings people to Jesus is necessarily good.

Speaking at SoCal's Glendale City Church, Bell stated flatly that evangelism, both the word and the practice, is in bad shape.

Bloggers' Reflections on the Beijing Olympic Games

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The Games of the XXIX Olympiad showcased humanity at its finest--pageantry, artistry, athleticism, unity, but also humanity at its poorest--nationalistic trash-talking, violent attacks, and biased judging.

I watched the Opening Ceremonies impressed over and over by the sheer spectacle of surging human waves with lights and sounds and a torch-bearer running through the sky around the perimeter of Beijing's now-immortalized Bird Nest.

The Labels We Use


Over the weekend, I’ve been engaged in an ongoing conversation with Adventist blogger friends about categorizing people. Consider the following terms you might have heard attached to Adventism: Historical, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Evangelistic, Progressive, Liberal, Conservative. They are loaded terms, all of them. Their connotations evoke emotional responses. They have multiple layers of meaning.

Two Theological Worlds to Collide in Loma Linda


The Good News Tour won't be the only show in town September 5 & 6.

At his newly refurbished blog, (a reincarnation of Progressive Adventism), LLU professor of religion Dr. Julius Nam writes that Dr. Desmond Ford will present two lectures at the Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda that weekend. Des Ford, a popular if controversial figure in Adventism, will offer a view of atonement that varies from the Good News Tour's perspectives--just across campus.

Good News Tour: Bringing Maxwell back to LLU*

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Not long ago I had the chance to eat Sabbath lunch with Marco Belmonte and Brad and Dorothee Cole (three founding members of the Good News Tour) at the home of a mutual friend. They sat around the dinner table discussing God’s character and the difficulty many Adventists have accepting the notion that God does not demand a blood sacrifice to satiate divine justice.

Potluck: Cherished Ritual, Guiding Metaphor


I went to a potluck once, not to eat, but just to watch. Many church-folk contributed all sorts of casseroles and roasts, vegetables, breads, salads, and the typical weird-looking dishes that nobody could identify. The kitchen crew included five people. They arranged the dishes and desserts and warmed green bean casserole in the church’s industrial-sized ovens.

Why Adventists Should Consider Supporting Gay Marriage


Today is a historic day in the history of the State of California and in the history of the United States as a whole. Today is the day when a ban on homosexual marriage will be lifted in accordance with a decision of the California Supreme Court.

Report from the San Diego Adventist Forum Conference: Creation Care and Sustainability


Jared Wright, La Sierra University M.Div student and creator of the Adventist Environmental Advocacy blog attended the recent San Diego Adventist Forum conference on Sustainability.

May 2-4, Pine Springs Ranch -- The San Diego chapter of the Association of Adventists convened to take part in a give and take weekend gathering focusing on the intersections between Adventism and the environment.

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