By Alexander Carpenter
Wow. That was a great Adventist Forums conference! From the evocative Redbooks performance (soon out on DVD) and Kendra Haloviak’s sanctuary exploding homily, to Bull and Lockhart’s crisp and provocative essays — that was like a mash up of the best of university and camp meeting.
It was good to meet so many Spectrum Blog readers. I see all these lurker (non-commenting) IP addresses from places like Birmingham, Collegedale, Bend, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Riverside — the UK and Australia. Now I know who you are. . . . We had a nice little blogger contingent there thanks to some generous Forum members. Saw intersections (pastor Ryan Bell), Adventist Gender Justice (Trisha Famisaran), the Spectrum Blog 2.0’s Daneen Akers and ProgressiveAdventism (Julius Nam).
Thanks to those who attended my Sabbath afternoon session on The Art of Expression. After seeing Redbooks and the Saturday night Adventist-made film screening — it looks like we’re moving onward and upward with the visual arts. If you attended, feel free to drop a comment about lingering thoughts from the weekend.
Your humble correspondent with Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor Ryan Bell.
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I had a dream last night, a dream of General Conference Sessions past and future. I stood in the center of a stadium, packed with people, all captivated by the music and stagecraft in front of them. I looked around and felt a sadness that kept growing inside of me until it was overwhelming.
Some time ago I was sitting in what quite possibly was the most boring church service I have ever been in. (No, I won’t tell you where I was.) There couldn’t have been more than 50 people in the sanctuary, and I’m being generous. We sang no less than 5 hymns. All hymns were sung in a dry, slow manner. The sermon seemed uninspired, barely prepared, and was presented with no sense of conviction. It felt like we were in church for three hours. We were in church for about 70 minutes.