Annual Council: The Elephant Is in the Room

Annual Council: The Elephant Is in the Room

With the completion of day one of the LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference, which is dealing with cross-cultural communications, leaders of our church left the General Conference headquarters with smiles. They took a long and often humorous look at the issues that arise when people from different cultures try to communicate. They

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

Jonah Meets ISIS

Jonah Meets ISIS

“Please bless great-grandmama, mama, and daddy. Help us to have a good night’s sleep—oh, yeah, God, please bless and protect all those people in Syria and Iraq that are being killed and terrorized, and please bless and be with those ISIS people. You know that they are so angry because they don’t know and love You. AMEN!” I kissed my 8-year-old son,

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Have you ever begged for something? Have you ever begged God for something—for yourself or a loved one? When I read the above Bible story recently, the word “begged” stood out to me. Trying to think of what it means to beg, I scrambled through my life memories for instances of “begging.” I recalled pleading with my mom to let me go to the playgroun