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GAiN Europe Zoom edition launches major summer program

As coronavirus hit Europe in March 2020, the 150 participants of the GAiN Europe conference scheduled for Romania, 24-28 April were understandably disappointed that their annual networking opportunity was cancelled. That cancellation included the launch of the much anticipated ‘Uncertainty’ initiative, a series of films, documentaries, video clips and a book that aimed to explore hope in context of our uncertain lives. “In April the focus on the world was on Coronavirus – and a series on any...

Commentary: Pentecost and mission

Fifty days after the Passover came the feast of Pentecost. This was the third feast in Israel’s yearly cycle of feasts. It celebrated the harvest of the first fruit and served as an annual reminder of God’s blessing. In spiritual terms, “first fruits” is a mission concept. It is a celebration of people won to Christ. The Church’s nature has always been a continuing witness to the salvation and power of God. This is true for the Old Testament where God raised up a people out of nothing to be His...

Preaching to the Blind

Two men gave sermons in Norway. The first preacher was well dressed and, in the mind of the farmer wearing work clothes in the back of the room, a bit arrogant. Opening a book, the preacher read a statement by Seventh-day Adventist Church cofounder Ellen White. Picking up another book, he read another statement by Ellen White. His whole sermon consisted of statements from Ellen White. That didn’t bother Øystein Hogganvik, the 30-year-old farmer seated at the back of the room. Then the second...

Commentary: Lockdown life

During COVID-19 lockdown, my wife Pamela and I have set a record. We haven’t been home with each other for longer than a month at a time for more than 17 years—half our 34 years of marriage. As I write, we’ve been together for 10 weeks, and it could be more to come. Pam says it’s nice having me around. She doesn’t like lonely days when church work takes me away for weeks. We used to joke that part of our secret to a good marriage was spending up to a third of our time apart and we enjoyed...

 

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