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Published:
March 16, 2019

The submission deadline for the #FollowHim film contest sponsored by the Office of Adventist Mission is March 31, 2019. The contest invites youth around the world to creatively express what it means to follow Christ in a mission-focused life.

Published:
March 14, 2019

In Holy Envy, Barbara Brown Taylor asks us to look again, to see with new understanding these other ways of approaching a mysterious divine that none can know fully, to embrace “the God just beyond our understanding.”

Published:
March 12, 2019

Most prophets decidedly did not want the job; long hours, no benefits, one’s very presence tended to make the children cry and the dogs bark. And it could get you killed. The killing part is what Jonah objected to the most.

Published:
March 8, 2019

In 1868, when his youngest son Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (nicknamed Plorn), left for Australia at age 16 to attend university, Dickens wrote him a letter which had deep pathos and loving concern. In this letter he shared the underpinnings of his soul.

Published:
March 5, 2019

Here is the audaciousness which characterizes the apostolic community and which still — perhaps even more now — takes our breath away. In the midst of wearying journeys, dissensions and disputes, divisions which cut to the heart of who Paul and his friends thought they were because of Christ, he gathers up the threads of their faith in action and promises that this is indeed the first light of the new day of God’s kingdom.

Published:
February 25, 2019

The disciples learned that no matter where they stood in the social register, they were to be leaders in ethics. They are followers of Jesus now; they will be teachers of others, and a teacher cannot teach what he has not learned. 

Published:
February 25, 2019

In honor of Black History Month, we asked members of the Spectrum community to tell us some of their favorite books written by Black authors. Below are over 30 books from a variety of genres. We hope you enjoy these recommendations (and add them to your reading list)! Have a book to add? Comment below and tell us about it!

Published:
February 22, 2019

In his February 9, 2019 sermon, Pastor Daniel Xisto of the Takoma Park SDA Church recounted the story of the Freedom Riders of 1961 who fought against segregation.

Published:
February 22, 2019

Gethsemane became a suffocating spiritual torture chamber that was far worse than even Christ Himself had anticipated. We are told, “Christ was amazed with the horror of darkness that enclosed Him.” I find the use of the word “amazed” here truly astonishing. How bad was it when even the Savior Himself found it shocking?

Published:
February 19, 2019

We grow and develop spiritually at different rates and in different ways. For some, the obstacles to trusting God can be formidable.

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