The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
and we are not saved.
For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded;
I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.
Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
not been restored?
It’s election season, apparently. I’ve noticed the sprouting yard signs and the increasing emotional urgency in political conversations. The internet is abuzz with people making their case and stomping their virtual feet.
As a follower of Jesus this season makes me tired. Everyone seems to have expectations and obligations for me; commitments that I have never signed up for.
"The Table of Silence Project represents the common threads of humanity which unite all mankind into a single force with common goals and aspirations regardless of race, culture, or religion. Through this event, we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace and freedom for all people suffering oppression, through listening, a united moment of silence - a call for Peace in our world." - Jacqulyn Buglisi, choreographer
In an emotional follow-up to his sermon, “A More Abundant Adventism,” Walla Walla University Church senior pastor Alex Bryan draws from the experiences of the early Christian church to compose a vision for the future of the Adventist Church--in particular, a church that embraces and includes its younger generations. He begins with the problem not of antipathy, but of apathy:
Some Sabbaths, we highlight particularly significant sermons from around the Web. Walla Walla University Church Senior Pastor Alex Bryan's August 1 message, "A More Abundant Adventism," is such a sermon. In it, Bryan calls the Summer of 2015 a time of historic importance for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He suggests that two events this summer provided moments pregnant with important questions about the meaning of being a Seventh-day Adventist.