We asked each of the speakers for this year’s Portland, Oregon-based October 4-6 AT1 gathering to answer the question, “How Does Christ Challenge Today’s Culture?” We gave them an 80-word limit for their replies.

This week we’ll feature the answer we got from Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University’s HMS Richards Divinity School. The title of Kendra’s AT1 presentation is “Afraid? No Faith?” She will base her presentation on Mark 4:40. Here are her thoughts on Christ challenging culture:

In our world today there is much to make us uneasy. The media and tribal politics make money and gain power by perpetuating fear. In this context, what does it mean that Jesus asks the disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” How might contemporary followers of Jesus challenge culture by refusing to be afraid?

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Here’s the full 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 – presentation details coming soon.

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 – pastor, Loma Linda University Church – Complacency – 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

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