Spirituality

The Refusal of Love

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17 NASB

Sabbath Sermon: Alex Bryan, "A More Abundant Adventism, Part Two"

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:

Sabbath Sermon: Alex Bryan, "A More Abundant Adventism"

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.

To Whom Do You Pray?

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
     give heed to my sighing.
Listen to the sound of my cry,
     my King and my God,
     for to you I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
     in the morning I plead my case to you
     and watch.
     (Ps 5:1-3)

The Very Top of Summer

A flash of heat lightning. The smell of freshly cut grass. The insistent hum of cicadas. The sights, sounds, and smells of summer are at their peak in August.

As author Natalie Babbit writes in her classic children’s novel, Tuck Everlasting:

Let There Be Light! A Multisensory Sabbath Liturgy

From out of the darkness, God's original abode, come the words
"Let there be light!"

Experience Sabbath worship through the prism of light and darkness. This multisensory liturgy combines creative soundscapes with visual meditations. Welcome to an online space for meditation and prayer, and the restoration of the soul. Let there be light!

Why the Church Has To Stop Saying Sexual Sin Is the Most Important Thing

Somewhere back in time someone decided that sexual sin is the worst kind of sin. In many churches sexual sin is the line over which you may not cross.

Sex before marriage is the worst thing a Christian teenager can do. Sleeping around is the worst thing a Christian woman can do. Looking at pornography is the worst thing a Christian man can do. Adultery is the worst thing a Christian married person can do. And if a Christian leader, or pastor, has problems with any of these things, that’s the worst of all.

A Church Beyond Walls: A Call to Surrender

“Now let’s get back to the mission of our church.” This has been one of the most repeated phrases among Seventh-day Adventists following the 2015 General Conference decision regarding women’s ordination. This phrase suggests that because we have been deeply engaged in study and discussion on women’s ordination, that this has caused us to lose focus on our mission of reaching the lost.

Fake or Fortune?

“Examine me, O Lord, and test me. Look closely into my heart and mind.” Psalm 26:2

Galatians 3:28 and the Abolition of Gender

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:28–29 NRSV).

I Paul’s Incredible Claim



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