Spiritual Formation in Adventist Evangelism

“We cannot possibly target only one particular need regarding content or one preference of style among the incredible diversity we see in the world Adventist Church,” says Clifford Goldstein, senior editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide for 19 years." (Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21)

SO THEY SET UP THE ONE PROJECT

"We are often asked to explain the secret of the One project’s success." https://boulder.church/the1project

"Goldstein adds that local Sabbath School teachers play an important role in the success of the study guides. “The guide is just that—a guide—but the teacher is key”" (Clifford Goldstein cited in Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21)(as shown at left):

TEACHES THE LESSON AT WALLA WALLA SDA

"Bryan, the son of a pediatrician and a nurse, has served as senior pastor of the University Church since 2009, where he expanded ministry programs" (One Project  founder Alex Bryan in Alex Bryan, Walla Walla Church Pastor, to Lead Kettering College of Medical Arts, Adventist Review, 19 Apr 2013) to the gym, where 

CENTERING PRAYER

"I was standing there admiring myself."
     
OUTREACH MINISTRY

"In the reflection of the mirror, there he was -- a man!!" 

THE BAPTISMAL CANDIDATE WAS "READY TO GO"

"He was cut, ripped, buff, ready to go."

TURNING UP THE TEMPERATURE

"Our eyes locked, and neither one of us could look away.  We just stood there staring at one another."  (One Project Founder Alex Bryan, ...to Be Continued: Acts 8:9-25 Sermon, Walla Walla University Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 24 Feb 2018, Minute 55)

"The teacher can contextualize it, bring it to the level of those in the local group" (Clifford Goldstein cited in Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21):

TIM GILLESPIE CONTEXTUALIZES  THE LESSON AT CROSSWALK SDA IN REDLANDS

"My brother, I've been to your house. I've had the dirty bird". (One Project Co-founder Tim Gillespie, The Heresy Response Sermon, One Project 6 Gathering, http://vimeo.com/71480214 minute 14)

AND THIS IS ALL REALLY ADVENTIST?

"We should protect the rights of homosexual persons". (Roy Gane, Tuesday Choice: The Old Testament and Homosexuality, Andrews University, 5 Mar 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6KGuJr7jLY, minute 22)

THEY CALL THIS PRESENT TRUTH

"Goldstein says his goal continues to be publishing “present truth” for church members today" (Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21):
"I’m sure Jesus looks approvingly on ‘loving, monoganamous, and committed’ homosexual sodomy". (Clifford Goldstein, see screenshot below)

AND NOW OTHER CLOSETED THEOLOGIANS STARTED COMING OUT THICK AND FAST

"through study and prayer she had embraced a theology that affirms and includes LGBT people, and two, she herself was bisexual." (Bisexual Adventist And Former Pastor Alicia Johnston Contemplates Ministry After Coming Out, 13 May 2017, https://epeak.info/2017/05/13/bisexual-adventist-and-former-pastor-alicia-johnston-contemplates-ministry-after-coming-out/)

THIS IS HOW HE KEEPS THINGS INTERESTING FOR LIFELONG ADVENTISTS

"We have to keep it interesting enough for those who have been lifelong Adventists"(Clifford Goldstein cited in Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21):   
"I loved Leaves of Grass" (Clifford Goldstein, It is so, Adventist Review, 16 Jan 2014), "which celebrates the soul through the trope of fellatio: ‘Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat, / … Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice’.  Leaves of Grass, the title Whitman gave his collected poems, pivots upon this dalliance with a young man in the grass." (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Resource Office, Walt Whitman, University of Illinois Springfield, http://www.uis.edu/lgbtqa/WaltWhitman/)

IT IS A RATHER LIBERAL THEOLOGY

"“I cannot guarantee that everyone uses it,” he continues, “but I know that millions do around the world"". (Clifford Goldstein cited in Penny Brink, An Instant Best Seller, Adventist World, August 2018, p 21)(as illustrated at right)




RELATED READING:

Culture of Gay Activism at the General Conference

Elder Goldstein's Special Relationship with Pope Francis 

Sex in the Seminary

Clifford's Pilgrimage to Rome
 

 

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