I like the “How” part, your phase 2. Too many times I hear about “what” (what should we do etc.), but never how, never the way, never the path to forgiveness or to love others, always: just do it. And little me wonders how. Yes, I am so grateful for Jesus including me and us into his family and I am joyful and yet there is a longing for more, a deeper and lasting transformation. Therefore, I am grateful for other faith traditions that show me and us their “how”. And now am grateful that there are others with the same questions.
Adventism feels so … dare I say it …boring. It seems as if we threw all out in our fear of (shudder, shudder) tradition … until only a shallow blanket is left. I need the collective wisdom and spirituality of ages. What helped others, what is tested, what is real?
I do not care for numbers at all: A church can have many baptisms due to a charismatic leader etc. And when this person leaves, then all leave. Thus, numbers don’t reveal anything, only time will tell. I care for the lived out faith (though, not in a legalistic attitude), which is never measured in any statistics. How forgiving and loving is this community, can they overcome conflicts? And this is connected to the “how” part. Full circle.