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The Sound of Silence

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Spiritual disciplines such as scripture reading and prayer are familiar to most Christians. However, but the disciplines of silence and solitude are not. Living in a media-saturated, technologically inter-connected world, the idea of self-imposed silence and solitude is foreign and uncomfortable to most of us.

Claiming Celtic Christianity

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First, there is prayer.

God, kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbor,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall,
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.

In My Father's House

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In the forlorn and rocky sweeps of the Sinai wilderness Moses prepared a tabernacle, overshadowed with a pillar of cloud by day and lit by a pillar of fire by night, a locus for the presence of a Holy God with a motley crowd of people. It was both comforting and terrifying, a place filled with the stench of burning flesh and flowing blood and with the fragrance of bread and incense, a space ominous with sin and luminous with atonement.

A Heavy, Golden Silence

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For theists, to believe in God is to believe in a God who actively participates in human history. God's involvement can be assumed.

Tales of the Gods

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I never realized how weird my mornings in India were until I moved to the United States. Imagine a skinny six-year-old trying to sleep through the prayer calls of three different religious groups, the first of which started loudly at 4:00AM. I was woken, hot and sticky, by the muezzin singing the adhan to remind Muslims to gather at the local mosque for prayer.

Questioning Power

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My patience, thin and fraying, gave way with a not-so-gentle snap. My hands steered the misplaced, unfocused student back to her desk while my brain frantically tried to manage the multiple tasks occupying its own scattered focus. Distraction soon led my gaze back to the wayward second grader. Her head was bent over her desk, and her back shook with silent sobs. I left the papers I had been trying to grade and came to her side.

“What’s wrong, Lisa?”

Sabbath Sermon: The Book of Ruth

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Our passage today is found in Ruth 1:1-18 (NASB).

According to the Jewish historian Josephus, Judges and Ruth were originally numbered together as one book. I find that very interesting because the two books are so different. The Book of Judges is about bloodshed, war, and strife. It also contains some of the most memorable stories in all of Scripture, not to mention numerous Old Testament heroes like Gideon with his trumpets and Samson with his hair.

The Grace of Not Knowing

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The Hollywood Adventist Church has had a slogan for the past 8 years which you can still see on our website. It reads, “Where God’s Spirit is given space to change lives.” This is the most significant piece of theology that I have ever encountered at a Seventh-day Adventist Church. This statement predates my ministry in Hollywood by 3 years and when I first read it I wondered, “Is this wishful thinking, or is this truly what this church believes and embodies?”

Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love

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This is part four in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part one, "Friday's Fast."
Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part three, "Saturday: Looking Forward."

Saturday: Looking Forward

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This is part three in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part one, "Friday's Fast."
Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part four, "Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love."

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