Oh, No! She’s Coming!

Oh, No! She’s Coming!

When I was a kid growing up in Florida, I remember the shock of being told that my grandmother was coming to visit from Puerto Rico. The sickening feelings I had in the pit of my stomach were akin to having a stomach flu, taking a test unprepared, or the worst of the worst: turning on the TV only to find out that the President was on . . . on all T

A New Spin on Ellen White

A New Spin on Ellen White

He threw the book Counsels on Health back in my face and sneered with disgust, “When I was growing up, Ellen White was always used as a hammer that was consistently slammed with great force upon my head. It hurt a lot! And to be honest with you—I’m over her!” I sat there with my mouth gaping open. My jaw hung so low that two people walking past me

The One Project: In Search of Community

The One Project: In Search of Community

Sunday at 1:1 Boulder was a full day, with six presentations, six “Recalibrate” discussions, and three Q&A sessions. Our Recalibrate group retained the same core participants throughout the day, and things went more smoothly as we got to know each other better. A few noteworthy points and quotes from today’s presentations: Peter (Japhet De Oliv

The One Project: Yes, It Can Be Controversial

The One Project: Yes, It Can Be Controversial

From all the hype I’d heard about the One project, I was expecting one of two things from this weekend (or perhaps some of both): 1. the most profoundly moving and challenging spiritual experience of my life; or 2. some sort of candlelight meditation where we sit in a circle with eyes closed and chant in unison. What I have found so far is neither,

Let’s Talk About Jesus

Let’s Talk About Jesus

I spent several evenings last week at Vacation Bible School, teaching Bible stories to groups of children. On Wednesday I started out: “Today’s story is about my favorite person to talk about in the whole Bible. Can anyone guess who that is?” “Queen Esther!” shouted a cherub-faced girl with curly blond hair. “Jonah!” guessed someone else. “Nope,” I

More Love Needed

More Love Needed

I received your letter while in the midst of the Conference duties. Since that meeting closed I have been sorely afflicted with my teeth, and I am in such a state of nervous weakness that I cannot write as lengthily as I would be pleased to do. I have been unable as yet to find the writings which you mention, but I may find them, and if I do will s

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. Christ was still a prisoner in His narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place; the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. And there were unseen watchers. Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. H

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Luke 12:38-42 is a story about “a woman named Martha.” In only four verses she is mentioned by name four times, receives Jesus into her home, and engages Jesus in a dialogue. Mary, her sister, is a mute character whose role in the story is that of a foil. We could say that Martha is the main character, Jesus is a prominent secondary character, and