ASI 2017 Report

ASI 2017 Report

Adventist Laymen’s Service and Industries, more commonly known as ASI, held its annual convention over the weekend of August 2-5, 2017. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, the plenary sessions, seminars, and booths all centered around the convention’s theme: Called. Chosen. Committed.   The convention included insp

2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

It's Sabbath evening (August 4) in Valencia and there is an atmosphere of celebration. Seven young people have decided to publicly commit their lives to God and were baptized. The entire program was filled with supportive shouts and cheerful clapping.   The praise and worship team led the congregation using a balanced mix of hymns and contempo

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

The second full day (third overall, including the first evening) I faced a real struggle at AYC2017. For those of us lacking a regular intense workout, AYC2017’s full schedule, including an early morning exercise routine, gave my leg muscles some painful aches. A reminder to keep our whole being in service! What my condition meant, however, contrib

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

Sunny Valencia, in Spain, in August. A perfect location to begin friendships for a lifetime, and hopefully begin a life changing journey for Jesus. This is what the organizers of the European Adventist Youth Congress 2017 (AYC2017) are hoping for this week. In an environment both literally and metaphorically warm, the offer was impossible to turn d

By Law or By Faith?

By Law or By Faith?

The lesson this week picks up in the middle of a public confrontation. Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, is confronting Peter, apostle to the Jews, over his hypocritical behavior. Paul does the right thing insofar as he confronts Peter to his face, having seen that he and others were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel. A group of men pr

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

There are several issues in Galatians 2:1-14 that I am going to discuss this week that provide insight into confrontation and the resolution of disputes amongst early Christ followers. These issues also relate to last week’s discussion on the issue of authority. The first relates to Paul’s relationship to the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem; seco