“Spiritual gifts,” Donna said. “Why do I always get nervous when we talk about spiritual gifts?”1
Dean cleared his throat.
“Well, it’s true,” Donna said. “Every time we start talking about spiritual gifts it ends up as a long meeting with even longer forms to fill out, and then we’re assigned to work on a church project using our spiritual gifts.”
“What’s wrong with that?”
“I don’t know. It just doesn’t fit. Seems so artificial.”
“Gentlemen,” the speaker said, “I mean Ladies and Gentlemen.” He nodded to two women sitting on one side of the room. “We are here to discuss the basics of an outline that will soon become the operating plan for the new School of Evangelism and Witnessing at the University of Adventists.”1
Nobody said anything.
“Before we begin, I think it would be well to define our terms. Vis a vis a formal academic program at our university, what do these two [...]
“Mom.” Robert took a breath. “It says right here that He’s coming quickly. Those were His own words. He said, ‘I am coming quickly.’ ”
“That’s good enough for me.”
“Mom. Other places in the Bible it says Jesus is coming soon. Some guys at school laughed at me because I told them that. He’s not coming soon, Mom. Already it’s been forever. Thousands of years since He said that. What gives?”
God looked down on His creation and thought. “I’m lonely. I’ll make a man.” So He did. Then He made a woman. 1
Adam fell in love with Eve the instant he saw her. She was beautiful in every respect. Eve loved Adam, too. He was handsome and strong, and he cared for her. Their love for each other grew to heavenly proportions.
One day God told Adam and Eve that they would come close to each other [...]
Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1
You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. But if you closed the door there was room for a wooden rocking chair where Mr. Brown sat, and room for me on a [...]
“Can you believe this? They’ve put a week’s lesson on the environment into our church’s lesson study guides.”1
“They have?” Brenda reached the coffee table and found her copy of the guidebook her husband Matt was talking about. She rustled through the pages until she found the one labeled February 18-24. “It doesn’t say anything about the environment, Matt. It just says ‘creation care.’ ”
“Yes. They’ve found a phrase they hope won’t upset us. But you can be sure of one thing. They’re talking [...]