We are excited that Joey Oh, Associate Pastor for Administration at Loma Linda University Church, will be one of our speakers for the AT1 gathering which is taking place October 4-6 in Portland, Oregon.
We asked all our presenters to answer the question, “How Does Christ Challenge Culture?” We gave them 80 words or less for their answers.
Here’s what Joey had to say:
The great sin of our time is intolerance. In our progressive politically correct society, you can believe anything—be anything—as long as you are not judgmental. Christians, however, have a well-earned reputation of hatred and violence toward those who believe and behave differently than we do. Consequently, many of us who follow Christ yet identify with this culture are uncomfortable with exclusively defining Christianity. We gravitate toward a more inclusive vision for our community. So, how then do we deal with Jesus’ ultimatum in Matthew 12:30, “He who is not with me is against me”?
Here’s the list of AT1 speakers and topics:
Alex Bryan, former senior pastor, Walla Walla University Church and current administrative director for mission identity for Adventist Health – Motives – 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