Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

  At the Create Conference, Pastor Alex Bryan called upon the audience to learn from a Vietnam war POW’s (prisoner of war) ability to face the brutal facts of his/her circumstances to survive. We begin part two of this article by drawing some key lessons from that war to understand the nature of the war over the local church. As the war in Vie

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Prologue If you have ever made a call for tithes and offerings to support Adventist education at a local church and had a parent come up to you after the service and tearfully describe how they sacrificed to send their precious God-fearing child to an Adventist institution of higher learning and their child came back home to visit at thanksgiving b

The One Project: The ‘Jesus. All.’ Paradox (Part 3)

The One Project: The ‘Jesus. All.’ Paradox (Part 3)

It is the complex interplay between the religious factions within Adventism that gives rise to “once in a generation” ministries that have the ability to redefine the Church.[1] The One Project is potentially one such ministry. Almost since its inception, the One Project has been a lightning rod for criticism for some and for others a beacon of hop

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Terry Swenson (Part 2c)

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Terry Swenson (Part 2c)

Introduction Pastor Swenson and I go back as far as 2007, when I was the President for Restoration Ministry, a student-led evangelism ministry on the campus of Loma Linda University (LLU). He was a faculty sponsor for our ministry and was responsible for guiding the approval process at the University for the speakers we wanted to bring on campus fo

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Steve Wohlberg (Part 2b)

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Steve Wohlberg (Part 2b)

Introduction In my previous article, Pastor Sam Leonor mentioned that he had met with Pastor Steve Wohlberg and conversed with him about his concerns with the One Project. I emailed Pastor Wohlberg’s ministry a few days after I returned from the One Project, to hear his side of the story. He emailed me back within a day or two, however, I was runni

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Sam Leonor (Part 2a)

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Sam Leonor (Part 2a)

  When trying to determine what to ask the founders about their views and their ministry, I first thought of compiling a list of questions and asking each one the same thing. After thinking about it, I realized that it would be tedious for the readers to read slight variations of answers on the same topic, so I decided to go with a different a