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Rabbits were firsts introduced to Australia for food. What nobody foresaw was that the rapid, explosive growth of the small furry animals quickly turned rabbits into a major pest that destroyed the open grassland and other grazing areas. This in turn impacted the natural fauna whose food supply was greatly reduced. The sheep industry was also negatively impacted.
The postmodern mind is besieged by a barrage of information that numbs its ability to analyze and sort out one idea from the next. This prevents the construct of a well-thought-through worldview and leaves men and women with no reliable sense of direction. Incoherence is the norm of human activities, as can be observed in the arts and music for example, and the addiction to mindless video games. People no longer believe in anything. Faith is dead.
With apologies to Pastor Eddy Johnson for the delayed publication, we present the second part of Pastor Johnson’s article “A Different View of Revival.” Part I appeared this last January.
A while ago I wrote an article entitled Revival, Revival, Revival. I postulated that revival is not primarily about preparing for the advent, and that revival will not come because of some rigorously practiced religious exercises. In fact, I believe that there is no cause and effect process between the practicing of the prescriptions and genuine revival.
In Allan Bloom’s seminal work The Closing of the American Mind, published in 1987, professor Bloom argued that American youth were in danger of passing by their collective destiny because, pressured by a number of factors which he described at length, they were fast losing the ability to think for themselves; that is if they had not lost it already. Almost overnight the book became a best seller and Bloom’s work was acclaimed by many and soundly criticized by many as well. This post is not about assessing the merit of the book or the lack thereof.
En 1980, yo era el Director de Ministerios de la Iglesia de la Conferencia de Quebec. Estaba solo en la oficina cuando sonó el teléfono. Me asusté al instante por el tono de la voz al otro lado de la línea. Un hombre enojado se lanzó al ataque: "¿Es esta la sede de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día?"
Back in the 1980s, I was the Church Ministries Director of the Quebec Conference. I was alone at the office when the phone rang. I was instantly startled by the tone of the voice at the other end. An angry man went on the attack: “Is this the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church?”
I asked who he was.
“I am the police commissioner of Montreal.”
Somewhat frazzled, I asked him the reason of his call and obvious unhappiness.
Revival has been the buzzword since the new General Conference President, Ted Wilson, used the term as part of his main focus in his closing Sabbath address at the 2010 General Conference Session. His emotional appeal expressing concern has generated much discussion and created quite a stir in the Adventist world. It seems that everywhere one goes in Advent circles, one can hear references to revival with the hope that it will usher in the second coming of Christ.
(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)
No hay absolutamente ninguna duda de que Jesús fue una constante fuente de perplejidad para sus contemporáneos. Esto parece muy extraño a los modernos lectores de los Evangelios, que se preguntan sobre la ceguera colectiva de Israel. De hecho, la teología cristiana nos ha acostumbrado a ver en Jesús al Mesías prometido, que da cumplimiento a numerosos textos del Antiguo Testamento, y nos asombramos ante la evidente incredulidad de los judíos. La razón de nuestra perplejidad se encuentra en el hecho de que Israel no entendió las profecías como nosotros. ¿Cómo se puede explicar eso?