A Balm in Gilead

The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
    and we are not saved.
For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded;
    I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.

Is there no balm in Gilead?
    Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
    not been restored?

I Quit the Culture War

It’s election season, apparently. I’ve noticed the sprouting yard signs and the increasing emotional urgency in political conversations. The internet is abuzz with people making their case and stomping their virtual feet.

As a follower of Jesus this season makes me tired. Everyone seems to have expectations and obligations for me; commitments that I have never signed up for.

Moonrise and God's Grandeur

The serendipitous experience of seeing a rising full moon can serve as a reminder that while truth and almighty God never change, human perception does. The moon is constant, but our view of it is not. 

The 9/11 Table of Silence Project

"The Table of Silence Project represents the common threads of humanity which unite all mankind into a single force with common goals and aspirations regardless of race, culture, or religion.  Through this event, we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace and freedom for all people suffering oppression, through listening, a united moment of silence - a call for Peace in our world." - Jacqulyn Buglisi, choreographer

Does God Yell? On Listening.

Yesterday, I heard a prompt from the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t on a major issue but it was wise advice that had I received and heeded it, my day would have gone better.

I wish now the Holy Spirit would have yelled. But does God yell? Should He yell? Does yelling even work?

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:

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