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Carmen Lau

Oh Be Careful, Little Ears, What You Hear

My earliest church memory in Savannah, Georgia, features willowy Mrs. Boyle, with gray hair twirled in a loose bun, singing while pointing to her ears, eyes, and lips. An earnest child who wanted to be good, I took it to heart. In fact, when I was eight years old, I scotch-taped a scrawled note to the family television based on Paul’s words “whatsoever things are lovely, true.” My mother shared my gesture with the church secretary who then put the exact words of my little sign in the church newsletter.

God Has Left the Building, and Some People Hit the Road: A Taoist Christian Moment?

“An answer is an invitation to stop thinking about something, to stop wondering. Life has no such stopping places; life is a process whose every event is connected to the moment that just went by. An unanswered question is a fine traveling companion. It sharpens your eye for the road.” —Rachel Naomi Remen

Should We Crucify the Warrior God? More Thoughts on the Book

Last month I wrote a review of Greg Boyd’s latest book, Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament’s Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross. This month I invite you to consider how Boyd’s project could affect Christianity now.

A New Identity: Grateful Mystic

Consider becoming a grateful mystic. I use mystic as a shortcut description for a person seeing God’s kingdom now and realizing it is more than an assent to beliefs. Answers are cheap and often contradictory. Energy spent discerning real and fake news might be better spent in formulating wise questions for our time. Jesus showed wisdom by asking questions. Who do you say I am? Did you never read the scriptures? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifetime? He asked 183 questions and answered only three of them.

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.”

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