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Published:
April 20, 2019

With the spring flowers out, leaves already on the trees, the woods filling with bluebells, and, at least in the UK, the sun warming up nicely for the Easter weekend, it is not a good time to talk about death—yet, sadly—death is what is on my mind.

Published:
April 19, 2019

Is it possible that the testimonies and experiences we share when talking about God to those around us are actually a form of prayer?

Published:
April 17, 2019

In this first episode of Spectrum’s new podcast, “Adventist Voices,” Adventist Forum board member Alexander Carpenter talks with Jennifer Allen, author of the book Confessions of an Adventist Boy, which dialogues with young Adventist men, ages 21 to 40, about where they are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually on issues as diverse as education, sex, baptism, money, gender bias, and more.

Published:
April 16, 2019

In such a time, when they are largely emptied of believers, I would argue these edifices are needed more than ever. They bear silent and dramatic witness to the faith of another era; a faith that may someday beckon a future generation to go beyond their historic, ancient walls to the God who “does not dwell in temples made with hands,” as the first Christian martyr, Stephen, proclaimed (Acts 7:48).

Published:
April 16, 2019

Paul’s message, the engine that kept him going over mountains, across seas, through the fires, in spite of whippings and chains, is that Christ, the one into whom all the fullness of God had been poured, the one who suffered a most humiliating death — that one had been raised from death to start human history up again with a new beginning.

Published:
April 12, 2019

In this ancient part of Jerusalem, where our Lord entered the city 2,000 years before, I stood, solemnly absorbing its significance. Near me, a score of people circled their tour guide, listening intently through headsets as he spoke of Jesus’ entrance on Palm Sunday.

Published:
April 9, 2019

At all times, but especially at Lent, if we ask it of God, we are blessed to see ourselves as we are and what we may become. Seeing thus is to see the world turned upside down, and yet to walk confidently.

Published:
April 8, 2019

I Am Not “The Church”

 

I am not “the church”

Looking down my nose

At the cheese on the potluck dish.

 

I am not “the church”

Hands raised in collective vote

Excluding those in need

 

I am not “the church”

Venom dripping like maple syrup

Sharing news of yet another pastoral transition

 

I am not “the church”

Casting arrows of orders at helpless

Ministers of education and pastoral care

 

No

I am not “that church”

Published:
April 2, 2019

"Close Your Eyes So You Can See," was the title of a sermon given by Pastor Ty Gibson at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 1, 2018.

At the beginning of his sermon, Pastor Gibson warned that during his message that day everyone would be uncomfortable, because on this occasion that is his job. He was there to share the message and mission of Against the Wall.  

Published:
April 2, 2019

We are the pearl of great price that Jesus the Holy Diver plucks from the bottom of the ocean. We are the treasure in the field, buried in a rusty old tin box, that the fellow with the metal detector finds while skimming back and forth across the furrows. We are the lost and forgotten masterpiece picked up at a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the coin wedged in a grate in the gutter.

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