We can’t wait to hear former Adventist Today Executive Editor John McLarty speak for the AT1 gathering taking place October 4-6 in Portland, Oregon. John is Senior Pastor at Green Lake Church in Seattle, Washington and is Owner of Talking Rocks Geology Tours.

As with all our presenters, we asked John to answer the question, “How Does Christ Challenge Culture?” Here’s what he had to say:

Jesus spoke of God as a strong, competent, generous father–someone we would instinctively run to when trouble comes. Jesus challenged us to live as “children of God” by practicing radical generosity. Just as God sends his rain and sunshine indiscriminately, so we are to love indiscriminately, going even so far as to do good to our enemies. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the highest purpose of wealth is funding generosity.

To hear more from John and the rest of our lineup of powerful speakers, click here to register for AT1.

Here’s the list of AT1 speakers and topics:

Alex Bryan, mission identity executive at Adventist Health and former senior pastor, Walla Walla University Church – Love Your Enemies – Matthew 5:8

Karl Haffner, senior pastor, Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church and mission strategist at Kettering Health Network – Lust – Matthew 5:27-28

John McLarty, former executive editor for Adventist Today, current senior pastor, Green Lake Church in Seattle – The Rich – Mark 10:21-25

Michaela Lawrence Jeffery, senior pastor, Athens, Georgia, Seventh-day Adventist Church – False Testimony – Matthew 15:18-20

Chris Oberg, lead pastor, La Sierra University Church – Lifestyle – But ye are to be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect – Matthew 5:48

Emily Whitney, spiritual discipleship pastor, Summit Northwest Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho – Sabbath – Mark 2:27-28

Jennifer Deans – senior pastor, Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sterling, Virginia – True Christians – John 13:34-35

Brenda Billingy – senior pastor, Metropolitan Church, Allegheny East Conference & NAD Ministerial – Communion – Luke 22:14-20

Kendra Haloviak Valentine – professor of New Testament Studies, H.M.S. Richards Divinity School, La Sierra University – Afraid? No Faith? – Mark 4:40

Dilys Brooks – campus chaplain, Loma Linda University – Anger – Matthew 5:21-22

Don Veverka – Community Relations Manager, Whitman Place – Grief – John 11:18-35

Joey Oh – Associate Pastor for Administration, Loma Linda University Church – Us and Them – Matthew 12:30

John Brunt – author, New Testament theologian and former pastor at Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, California – Respondent

Marlene Ferreras – assistant professor of Practical Theology, H.M.S. Richards Divinity School, La Sierra University – Respondent

Linda Emmerson – instructor of philosophy, Walla Walla University – Reader

Nicholas Zork & Band – music

For the convenience of young families, a parent’s room for attendees with small children will be available with a live video and audio feed of all programming.

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