Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Thanks so much, Marcel, for making the last post. I logged on to do the same, but you've done a much more thorough job than I ever could have.

Marcel's post seems to have generated a fair amount of controversy. For those who question a calling that would birth a Faith House Manhattan, I would suggest it can only be because you just don't understand. If you're open to more perspective (and if the endorsement of those with specifically Adventist sensibilities matters to you), I encourage you to download the "Early Endorsements" pdf on the Faith House Manhattan site, and don't neglect to read Samir's first post. Now, for what it's worth, here's my additional shameless endorsement of Faith House.

How do I speak glowingly about a way that has never been traveled before? I can't. I can only affirm my faith in the person(s) walking it.

I once had a dream in which I was looking back over the way I had just taken appalled at how uncertain, unsafe and reckless my traveling had been. In response to my fears, my guide said to me, "Don't be deceived by what your eyes think they see or what your head thinks it knows about the way our journey should unfold." Obviously, Samir Selmanovic has been given a similar challenge and is responding to it in most new and living ways. In many regards, I envy him (such faith). At the same time I am so extremely proud and awestruck and inspired by his courage to walk this path.

Hebrew scripture remembers God as saying, "My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people" (Isaiah 56:7). Someone following in the way of Jesus (Mark 11) finally decided to believe this.

Go 'head, Samir! My best hopes and efforts and prayers are with you, my friend.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful words, Melvin. I can relate! :o)

    Yes, Christ is for ALL people. This concept goes back to His very birth when the angel announced, "Fear not, for I bring you glad tidings of great joy which shall be for ALL people".

    If God IS Love, then we have much to learn. Our hearts, like the Grinch, are often 3 sizes too small and our views quite narrow. Change is coming though. I see a revival of people who want a genuine experience with God and not just a formal religion.