Necessary Transgressions

Necessary Transgressions

A shudder ran through the church the day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Even for those of us who weren’t surprised by the decision, it came with a sense of foreboding — as if we had … Read the rest

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Closing a Chapter

Closing a Chapter

The magazine you hold (or read online) completes my eighteenth year as its editor. My first issue was the September 1997 BA, following the editorial service of Elder Roy Marrs. From then until now, 147 separate issues of the magazine … Read the rest

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Heart Matters

Heart Matters

The obsessive and exaggerated observance of church system and practice is common in the modern church. Nothing is wrong with proper church systems. But a temptation lurks in the excessive desire for orderly service and religious programming above the spiritual … Read the rest

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Rejoice!

Rejoice!

 

Early in Scripture, we are commanded to celebrate: “Thou shalt surely rejoice” (Deuteronomy 16:15). The instructions are clear. Israel achieved it with a “solemn” feast. Why didn’t someone tell us we can be solemnly happy?… Read the rest

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What Were You Thinking, Lord?

What Were You Thinking, Lord?

After fifty years serving the Church, my wife and I were happily settled into retirement. The last nineteen years of pastoral ministry had taken us more than twelve hundred miles from children and grandchildren, but retirement brought us back to … Read the rest

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Love: In Union with Christ

Love: In Union with Christ

Is the hope for Jesus’ return close to your heart and mind as it was for first century disciples who believed that Jesus would return in their lifetime?… Read the rest

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In One Accord

In One Accord

We called them “campmeetings,” and sometimes they were just that — with the main meetings in a big tent. For smaller groups, we went to the corners of the tent, or outside if weather permitted. We sat on folding chairs … Read the rest

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Gen2Gen Ministry

Gen2Gen Ministry

 

Transitions are always times of crisis, but crisis is not the enemy! Generational transitions, whether personal or organizational, are times of great opportunity.… Read the rest

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Choosing Godly Leaders

Choosing Godly Leaders

This summer brings change in leadership for many congregations and for our whole denomination. We are the ones selecting most of this change, for better or for worse.… Read the rest

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A Leader Reflects

A Leader Reflects

 

BA: For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar, briefly review your personal spiritual journey.

WR: I was born on the island of Jamaica and raised by my staunch Seventh-day Adventist grandmother. I accepted Christ at age twelve and … Read the rest

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