Spirituality

The Role of Hope in Creating a Better World

Hope is an easy concept to talk about, but not always easy to actively practice. As human beings, we hope for many things: health, happiness, and love, to name a few. As Christians, our hopes are even greater: we hope for Jesus’ soon return, to see Him face-to-face, to be reunited with loved ones in heaven.

An oft used phrase is, “our hope is in the Lord,” but what does this really mean? Truly, the Lord gives us hope, but what are we to do with that hope once we have it?

Worship Styles? It’s Not about the Shoes.

For several years beside my front door, we had two small baskets of shoes. This was our compromise. We had a shoe rack where my wife and I put our shoes, but try as we might we could not get our children to use it. Lucas was nearly five. Emerson, six-going-on-twenty.

They've always taken off their shoes when they come in the house but then where the shoes go after that is anyone’s guess. So we instituted the baskets. Don’t worry about matching. Don’t worry about setting them side-by-side. Just chuck them in the basket. Doesn’t even matter which one…

The Year's at the Spring

There is an expectant energy that happens this time of year. Spring, as we like to say, is in full bloom. Each morning, I wake to birdsong and the sun breaking on the horizon. Spider webs glisten with dew and the air smells like wet earth and lilacs. There are dandelions everywhere.

May the Lord Umbrella Over You

The Lord is your keeper;
     the Lord is your shade at your
     right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,
     nor the moon by night. 

The Lord will keep you from all
     evil; he will keep your life. 

You Are God’s Poem

My daughter, Emerson, was sitting in her car seat in the back row of the van as we drove home from dinner one evening. She was four at the time. Discipline was not her strong suit that day, and as evening came she got more and more out of control. She was angry with me because I had corrected her pretty sternly at dinner.

Sabbath Songs: Tracy Chapman Sings 'Stand by Me'

The Seventh-day Adventist metanarrative anticipates events depicted in symbolic passages of Scripture in which celestial lights go dark, heavenly bodies fall from their places, and the very foundations of the earth are shaken.

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman appeared on the David Letterman show, providing a pared down performance of a song that cuts to the very human heart of our eschatological anxieties.

 

If the sky that we look upon

Should tumble and fall

Or the mountains

Should crumble to the sea

I won't cry, I won't cry

God Is Light and in Him Is No Darkness at All: On Discerning Divinity

The first Epistle of John begins this way. “We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

He Has Overcome the World

In the 16th chapter of John, the apostle quotes our Lord as follows: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” There is a special blessing in this Dominican saying for every one of the Master’s disciples. It is an offer of peace in him and good cheer. His offer is as surely available today as it was when he first spoke it to those original disciples. The peace and good cheer that he offers is grounded in his victory – over the world. 

Resurrection: "You Don't Confront Corrupt Systems of Power Without Paying For It"

A short Easter reflection from Rob Bell, the founder of the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan.

"He says, 'I'm going to be killed. That's where this is headed, because you don't confront corrupt systems of power without paying for it.'"

Watch Rob Bell's "Resurrection."

Silent Sabbath and the Experience of God's Death

Silent Sabbath, the day between Jesus' death on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, is not something that Adventists always observe. But marking the silence of God on Silent Sabbath offers a rich worship experience, one that you are invited to enter today.

This Silent Sabbath service was recorded at the La Sierra University Church on Easter Weekend, 2014.

"The lights are off for us today, and we are safe, because God is doing God's work," says Pastor Chris Oberg.





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