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Carmen Lau

Patriarchy Takes Away a Woman’s Voice

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. —Psalm 116:1 (NIV)

Which Story: Domination or Partnership?

What is the nature of the kingdom Jesus described? Rigid? Flexible? Wrathful? Compassionate? Keeping power? Sharing power?

Revival and Reformation at The One Project

Circling back to Atlanta, where the idea was launched over six years ago, The One Project convened for the thirtieth time on October 21 and 22, 2017. This time, emphasizing Sola Scriptura, the group met in a paneled, chandeliered banquet room over Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead, a well-to-do suburb of Atlanta. Japhet De Oliveira mused as the event began that whenever people decide to emphasize Jesus, they will encounter many questions and the questions will have implications.

A Lament for My Church, and for Me

Lord, I grieve for the loss of my tender identity as just one of Jesus’ little flock. 
Help me be just Your little lamb.

Lord, I grieve my cowardice to do courageous things in difficult times.
I pray for grace, and the ability to give grace.

Reading the Bible: Views of a Relationship

Adventist Forum Conference attendees had the opportunity to view and respond to John McDowell’s art for a couple days before hearing the artist give a formal presentation Sunday morning. Dr. McDowell, of Burman University, is Dean of the Division of Arts and Professor of English. First, he thanked Bonnie Dwyer and Adventist Forums for the invitation adding, “At the Adventist Intellectual table there is not often room for discussion of art and aesthetics.”

From Felicity to Trinity

Thirty-five years ago, I learned the word felicity when I found Jane Austen in the “A” section in fiction at the Loma Linda University library. Austen’s stories motivated me to look up this word since she frequently used it in her stories.

“Felicity" is a term for happiness that was used, apparently, in English a couple hundred years ago,  I discovered.

Reading the Bible: Feast or Snack?

We all have our favorite Bible verses.

“'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Quiet Place, Quiet Space: Standing in the Tragic Gap

Parker Palmer uses the phrase “standing in the tragic gap” to describe the tension one feels between what is and what could be. The tragic gap is the uncomfortable spot where one sidesteps quick decisions, hasty analysis, and automatic labeling. When standing in the tragic gap, one can simply be. Breathe quietly. Take time. Stay away from swift labeling of ideas into realistic or idealistic categories that ignore the useful spectrum of perspectives between them. This is the tragic gap.

Book Review: The Day the Revolution Began

In-Between People: Avoiding Idolatry

Does the Christianity you know live up to the Jesus you love?

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