Originally preached July 19, 2008, at the Almaty English Adventist Church in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
There is a story in Acts 17. While sharing the good news of God’s Kingdom in distant reaches, Paul experiences many trials: Hunger, beatings, the elements of cold and heat, mockery, misunderstanding. But his reception in one city is most unusual.
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“Draw that plant over there.” That was the assignment, given years ago in a bi-weekly lab time where we applied what we’d been learning about drawing in class. The other college students and I got situated and started. It was to be a big drawing of a big plant. There wasn’t time enough to finish it in one lab session. It could take several sessions. No problem. No one would move the plant, the professor promised.
The Rev. Dr. George Cairns works closely with the foremost Celtic group in the world, the Iona Community in Scotland that is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
If I were to go down from the pulpit this morning to spend some moments wandering up and down the aisles in the midst of this great congregation…
If I were to go with the intent of gathering up from you the things that are deeply troubling, the seemingly unanswerable questions, all the challenging interrogatives you live with and the things that have kept you awake at night pondering, I wonder what kind of a collection I would make?
See also Spectrum's interview with Milton Adams.
Although the history of Christian Spirituality is vast and wide, we kick off the "History of Spirituality" subcategory of this column by reflecting on a movement that, although old and timeless in the Christian Church, is relatively new within Western Adventism. Our reflection will focus on the momentum of the house church phenomenon, and the spiritual implications it has for modern Adventists.
Our text today is Luke 9:28-43.
This is the prototypical mountain top experience. The archetype, if you will. All talk of “mountain top” experiences refer back to this one, or perhaps, Sinai, which is definitely evoked by this story, as we’ll see in a moment. But, as is usually the case, there is more going on in this remarkable encounter with God than first meets the eye (or ear).
Last night while filtering through Facebook messages, I came across an invitation to a F.E.A.S.T from Allan Martin. Allan is co-founder of the GODencounters movement currently sweeping across the young adult sector of the church. Together with eight other contributors (like Matthew Gamble, Zane Yi, Carolyn Macomber and Chris Bullock), Allan authors the Ignition young adult ministry blog.