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What is Divergence?

I've been pretty unhappy with the name of my blog. It worked at the beginning but it seems like all respectable blogs have some catchy name. So, I think I've found a word that describes me fairly well and is catchy (at least I think so). As you can see, I've come to: DIVERGENCE . What does it mean? 1. The act of diverging. Don't you love dictionaries? I love how they define a word with a word that needs defining itself. 2. difference or disparity: a difference between two or more things such as opinions or attitudes 3. failure to conform or match: deviation from something such as a typical pattern or expressed wish 4. moving apart: the process of separating or moving apart to follow different paths or different courses I find that as I continue to learn and grow older, things that I believed strongly in the past have been challenged and replaced by new thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. Don't hold anything I write against me because I might have changed my mind

Removing "Us" and "Them"

We all want to have or experience something special and unique. This desire can lead us do insane things as we crave for some special experience and additional attention. People will spend millions of dollars for a one-of-a-kind painting, a record-breaking home run ball, or a baseball card from the early 1900's. We crave for things that will make us different and more unique than the next person. It's boring to have what everyone else has. This craving and desire can also hurt our experience of the Gospel. We can take great pride in our understanding of God and the Gospel and want to keep it to ourselves in our quest to have something special that no one else does. I was really challenged with my own cravings for uniqueness as I read 1 John 2:1-2 in which John writes: "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice f

Adventists and Church Growth

As a church, we pride ourselves on being focused on evangelism and reaching out to people with the Gospel. Many Adventist churches engage in public evangelism on a yearly/bi-yearly basis in their efforts to spread the message and grow their churches. But, I've started to wonder if we are actually anti-Church Growth (I'm not referring to any specific model of church growth theory but simply the addition of new church members). Outreach Magazine just published their report on the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America. I don't think it would really come as a surprise that there are no Adventist churches on that list. My question is: Why Not? Let me state right now that I am no major fan of the megachurch movement and don't think huge growth in one church is necessarily a positive thing. However, I do wonder why there seem to be no Adventist Churches in America that are growing by leaps and bounds and on the radar of the larger Christian community. Two easy and often