Drop the Mic: Reincarnating the Adventist Faith

1 (3)Seven-part Sermon Series at Glendale City Church

Five-part Article Series in Spectrum Magazine Online

In the winter of 2017, I took a three-month sabbatical to rest, recharge, celebrate my family and reflect on where I am in my spiritual and pastoral journey after 17 years of ministry.

Out of that time came this series of articles and presentations that, out of love for my Adventist faith heritage, present my convictions on where our expression of the Christian gospel needs to move to regain relevancy and impact for the sake of all that mattered to Jesus and for the sake of the people in my city who need healing, restoration and divine-human community.

Links to Series Articles and Presentations

  • Part One: The Toto Pulled Back the Curtain…
  • Part Two: I’m a Good Man, Just a Very Bad Wizard
  • Part Three: Bringing Sabbath Back
    • SPECTRUM, May 26, 2017
    • GLENDALE CITY CHURCH, May 27, 2017
    • SUMMARY.
      • Moving Sabbath from Propositional Truth to Loving Action requires our efforts to bring Sabbath to people where they are exhausted, such as:
        • Releasing them from poverty
        • Helping battered spouses escape their cyclical abuse and establish independent lives
        • Breaking addictions to chemicals, food, or dysfunctional behaviors
      • Bringing these type of Sabbaths opens up a seventh-day celebration of God’s Salvation that continues to operate through God’s people
  • Part Four: Carrying on the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
    • SPECTRUM, June 5, 2017
    • GLENDALE CITY CHURCH, June 3, 2017
    • SUMMARY: People can catch a glimpse of the advocacy and intercessory work of Jesus in heavenly realms by seeing us become advocates for those who are condemned by society and intercede for those who are being persecuted or denied access to human rights.  Examples would be:
      • Vouching for ex-felons who have a hard time finding work after prison
      • Advocating for full inclusion of LGBTQ individuals into the life of congregations
      • Creating peaceful interactions and dialogue between racial minorities and local police to bring healing and community strength
  • Part Five: A New Earth
    • SPECTRUM, June 14, 2017.  This is the concluding article in the Spectrum series
    • GLENDALE CITY CHURCH, June 10, 2017.  No video or audio available.  There were technical difficulties that corrupted both recordings.  My apologies
    • SUMMARY: Talking about the promise of a new heavens and new earth only becomes believable when we bring pieces of heaven down into our world today.  Our Adventist pioneers did this by:
      • Developing an extensive health ministry
      • Developing an innovative and holistic educational system
      • Working to eliminate the scourge of alcoholism
      • Joining the American abolitionist movement
  • Part Six: The Gift of Prophecy, Part One
    • GLENDALE CITY CHURCH. June 17, 2017
    • INTRODUCTION: I invited the members of Glendale City Church to vote on which historic Adventist doctrine they would like me to “reincarnate” out of truth-telling into loving action.  In a close vote, they selected the Gift of Prophecy.  In my preparation, I realized that I would need two weeks to cover what I believed was crucial to reincarnating this core belief of the Adventist faith.
    • SUMMARY: Prophecy is a gift that operates in different spheres.  One way that Adventists have under-utilized the gift of prophecy is its use in the congregational setting and in one-to-one settings.  Followers of God desperately need timely counsel, encouragement, correction and instruction.  Paul’s writings, especially in 1 Corinthians 14 and Ephesians 4, call us to pursue the gift of speaking God’s truth in love.
  • Part Seven: The Gift of Prophecy, Part Two
    • GLENDALE CITY CHURCH, June 24, 2017
    • SUMMARY: As annoying and frustrating as it is to every organizational level of a religious or political system, all human constructs require that there be people who challenge the status quo of these institutions.  Biblical prophets, Ellen White, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others have borne this responsibility to sound the wake-up call to religious and political leaders to engage in reformation and revitalization or face the consequences of revolution.

Beyond Words: Loving Others in Times of Crisis

image1Three-part Series, April/May 2017

Click on the links below to view or listen.

Part One: Blank Inside: When We Don’t Know What to Say

Part Two: Hallmark of a True Friend: What It Looks Like to Give Your Very Best

Part Three: Postscript: Some Final Do’s and Don’ts of Compassionate Presence

The Work of the People

636159427628392485-270708234_DiversityA Two-Part Series on the Power of the Church Community

January 9: Part One

January 16: Part Two

Jesus: the Way, the Truth, the Life

Sermon Series centered in John 14

July/August 2016

Click on the links to view or listen.

Part One: Jesus, the Way

Part Two: Jesus, the Truth

Part Three: Jesus, the Life

Sermons for Advent 2016

design-2-copyChristmas is almost here and the hope of Advent is about to give way to the joy of divine reality merging with human reality in the person of Jesus.  I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year as you celebrate the best people and things in life–the gifts of God for the people of God.

Here’s the link to my Advent sermons that just concluded.  Watch or Listen Here

  • November 26: Come, Holy Thief
  • December 3: I’ve Got Good News & Bad News
  • December 10: Skeptical Incarnation
  • December 17: Joseph & Mary Fleeing Aleppo


These Three: Faith, Hope & Love

1-1This is a three-part series from Summer 2016 where I dive into the meaning of these three words and how they’re used in scripture.

Watch and Listen Here:

“Faith,” June 11

“Hope,” June 18

“Love,” July 2

Listen to Me

13389866613_9ea78e8837_zWill you listen to me for a minute?  I need to tell you what I’m feeling.

I voted for Hillary Clinton: Will you forgive me for lashing out at Trump voters the past few days and painting them all with a broad, racist brush?  I got carried away with my anger and grief on social media.

I voted for Donald Trump: Will you forgive me for being a sore winner and rubbing the win in your face and telling you to “just get over it”?  I got carried away in my euphoria on social media.

I’m a white, rural man: Can you view me as more than just a dumb redneck who got bamboozled?  Will you honor me as a man created in the image of God?

I’m an African-American mom: Can you sit with me and let me share my fears about my children’s safety at school and in our neighborhood?  Can you listen without saying I’m overreacting?

I’m a Latino teen born in the US: I’m scared that my undocumented parents will be forced to go back to the nation of their birth and I’ll have to go with them or stay here by myself. Will you help me keep my family together here until I’m on my own?

I’m a teenage girl of any ethnicity: statistics say that I will be sexually harassed and maybe assaulted because of my gender. And now I have a president-elect who has exhibited a track record of misogynist behavior.  I fear things will get worse.  Will you make sure that doesn’t happen?

It’s been a rough week.  I’m tired, angry, scared, embarrassed and confused.  I need you to love me.  I need you by my side.  I need you to hear me.  Now, more than ever.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your doings
    from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
     learn to do good;
seek justice,
    rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
    plead for the widow.

Come now, let us argue it out,
    says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be devoured by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

–Isaiah 1.16-20, NRSV