We asked each of the speakers for the October 4-6, Portland, Oregon-based AT1 gathering to answer the question, “How Does Christ Challenge Culture?” We gave them 80 words or less for their answers.

This week we are featuring the answer we received from Michaela Lawrence Jeffery who pastors the Athens, Georgia, Seventh-day Adventist church:

Our current culture is one of amazing connections to seemingly anyone. However, we often lack depth within those connections which means we’re often lonely. Christ challenges our culture by modeling purposeful time with crowds, with a group, with a select few, and one-on-one with the Father. Those one-on-one periods are lengthy. Five-minute daily devotional options seem to only make sense in our culture if we’re making time for regular extended time.

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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 – 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 – 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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