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Saturday: Looking Back

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

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

Friday's Fast

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

Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part three, "Saturday: Looking Forward."
Click here to read part four, "Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love."

Have you ever heard of the madman who on a bright morning lighted a lantern and ran to the market-place calling out unceasingly: ‘I seek God! I seek God!’ As there were many people standing about who did not believe in God, he caused a great deal of amusement.

The Disciplines as Discipleship

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Acts 4:13 records the reaction of those who encountered the disciples after Jesus’ ascension: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Sabbath Sermon: Palms, Parties, and Tony Campolo


For centuries, Christians around the world have celebrated Palm Sunday in memory of Jesus’ triumphal entry recorded in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19. Where possible, believers have paired their celebratory Hosannas with festive palm fronds.

Journey to Solitude


The year 2000 brought the world Cast Away, a most extraordinary film experience. Tom Hanks is cast as a Chuck Nolan, a clock-driven Fed-Ex worker, traveling the world to train other Fed-Ex workers, to teach them how they, also, can live lives battered by the clock.

St. Patrick, the Saint for All of Us?

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On my first trip to Ireland as a relative newlywed with my Irish inlaws, I fell in love with the beauty of the Emerald Isle and its witty people. One day after touring a cathedral where a statue of St. Patrick stood out front, I naively asked a question that embarrasses me now when I think of it.

Sabbath Sermon: The Nearness of God


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.

Receiving the Living Word

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Dear Reader: The bracketed italics are here to help you enter into, rather than just read, what this article is talking about.

“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.

Sabbath Sermon: Celtic Christian Theology - The Goodness of Creation


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.

Full of Our Nothing


I’m a work intern at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, spending nine months under gloriously blue skies and with a diverse community of fellow spiritual seekers.

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