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An Adventist witness in these times

By Alexander Carpenter
Check out Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor (and blogger) Ryan Bell speaking out about affordable housing for the least of these in his community. Instead of diluting faith down to the privatistic mantra: “personal relationship with God,” Ryan endeavors to lead his members in turning their personal faith into a public witness for peace and justice. A prophetic voice beyond the old works oriented salvation, or guilting people into social service handouts. . .this is a Christian community confronting society with the gospel of salvation in action.

Loma Linda University profressor Julius Nam writes: “My heart beams with pride for your voice. May your angelic loud cry
awaken hearts and minds for life-changing actions and decisions in Los
Angeles!” Perhaps this is the new evangelism, the prophetic Adventist witness of the future.

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