We often discuss in Sabbath School the fact that, as Christians, we are to always look at situations from the prism of a relationship with God–to always ask, what would God have me do. Should I follow the easy path of “woop woop wooping” with the world on the latest craze, the latest movement, the latest stand against social injustice, etc.? Or should I look at all situations through the eyes of a Loving Father who cares deeply for all sides? Continue reading “The #ALLLIVESMATTER approach”
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’ ” (1 Cor. 15:54, NIV).
“Every true minister feels a heavy responsibility for the spiritual advancement of the believers entrusted to his care, a longing desire that they shall be laborers together with God. He realizes that upon the faithful performance of his God-given work depends in a large degree the well-being of the church. Earnestly and untiringly he seeks to inspire the believers with a desire to win souls for Christ, remembering that every addition to the church should be one more agency for the carrying out of the plan of redemption.”1 Continue reading “This Week’s Lesson – 2/27/16 – 3/4/16”
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, NIV).
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, NIV). Speaking of the church, Ellen G. White wrote, “During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theatre of his grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.”1 Continue reading “This Week’s Lesson – 2/20/16 – 2/26/16”
“And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ ” (Luke 24:32, NKJV).
“Dangers unseen beset our path. Our only safety is in constant watchfulness and prayer. The nearer we live to Jesus, the more will we partake of His pure and holy character; and the more offensive sin appears to us, the more exalted and desirable will appear the purity and brightness of Christ.”1 Continue reading “This Week’s Lesson – 2/13/16 – 2/20/16”
If you get a chance, please watch this “round table” of sorts between Shawn Boonstra and Clifford Goldstein. It is a wide reaching look at the social issues of the day through the eyes of two deep-thinking Adventist leaders. I invite you to spend some time listening in on the discussion. It’s very interesting.
[It’s official: I am an old man. I went to college with the moderator–Bill Knott]
“ ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ ” (Matt. 11:28, NIV).
“Scribes and rabbis, with their punctilious attention to religious forms, had a sense of want that rites of penance could never satisfy. Publicans and sinners might pretend to be content with the sensual and earthly, but in their hearts were distrust and fear. Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him. Continue reading “This Week’s Lesson – 2/6/16 – 2/12/16”
I found a very interesting article by Clifford Goldstein in the current Adventist Review online. It is a critical view of Desmond Ford’s effort to meld a Christian Biblical creationist view with what he calls a modern scientific Darwinian view–which is commonly referred to as Neo Darwinism.
It amazes me that with all the modern scientific discoveries, (e.g., DNA, Big Bang, etc.) a theologian would attempt to retrace our steps to a more ancient view of the subject and, in effect, try to find meaning and evidence in the Bible that, 1) doesn’t exist, 2) makes no sense, 3) can be easily proven false, and 4) would seek to explain God through the eyes of people who don’t believe in Him.
When you get a chance, please read the article, and let me know what you think.