Theological shock waves have ripped through my social medial circles and through the congregation I serve in the past two weeks. At the center of the conversation, homosexuality. Though in years past many may have considered homosexuality a taboo topic, it is now front and center in society and has a growing audience in the church demanding a response.
These past couple of weeks, there are three stories that have specifically garnered attention that I would like to briefly address: In Houston, subpoenas issued for pastor's sermons regarding gay rights/marriage; Idaho, ministers must celebrate same-sex marriage or go to jail with fines; PUC, new chaplain for the college, Jonathan Henderson preaches, "Adam and Steve." The last seems to be of most interest, so I'll start there.
I wasn't at the Annual Council meetings this past Tuesday when the GC Executive Committee voted to send the question of Women's Ordination to the General Conference Session in San Antonio next summer. But I was watching the proceedings as best I could with Twitter and Facebook.
According to the Adventist Review, delegates listened to presentations and engaged in discussion for six hours this past Tuesday (October 14). More than 40 delegates stood to speak to the motion. It was discussion and debate that was punctuated with at least 17 public offerings of prayer and who knows how many more private prayers. The motion:
It's all official. Silvia and went today to get our driver's licenses transferred and our new license plates. We are officially residents of the state of Washington. It may not seem like a big deal--but when you move around the country as much as we have, it is nice to be settled and have the security of that "I belong," or "I'm home," feeling.
But then add to that this:
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.