If you have ever watched comedian Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO (yeah right, what good Adventist watches HBO?), it will probably not surprise you that I saw two people walk out of his new documentary, Religulous, within the first ten minutes. Maher courts controversy. He’s opinionated, brash, and he is funny as [a word that his movie mocks extensively].
Spectrum asked Chris Lewis, co-author of The Character of God Controversy, to explain how he became inspired to write a book exploring the character of God and His sense of justice.
Question: I note that the book cites scriptural references and carefully selected statements from the writings of Ellen White. In preparing for the writing of this book, did you and Steve Wohlberg consult sources outside of Scripture / Ellen White? What other sources (Adventist or non-Adventist) did you draw upon?
It is evident from the beginning to the end of The Character of God Controversy that coauthors Steve Wohlberg and Dr. Chris Lewis hold unswervingly to the conviction that God is love. At the same time, in their effort to combat what they see as an increasingly threatening idea among Adventists that God doesn’t kill, Wohlberg and Lewis conclude with an air of finality, essentially “God is just and God kills. Deal with it.”
The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England issued a written apology to Charles Darwin saying, "200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still."
The statement, coming from a leader of the Anglican Church, addresses with symbolic poignancy the extended warfare between the Christian Church and Science. Adventists should take note.
One weekend in Loma Linda, twelve people and twelve presentations in 24 hours freshened the Adventist air with gospel potpourri. No mentions of beasts, horns, dragons or harlots, just a series of refreshing messages that were all Good News all the time from Dr. Desmond Ford, founder of Good News Unlimited, and a formidible cabal of Adventist theologians, ministers and physicians under the banner of the Good News Tour.
When Desmond Ford speaks, Adventists still listen. In fact speaking with people who heard Dr. Ford's presentation, it became clear that much, if not most, of Adventism is aligned theologically with Desmond Ford where atonement is concerned. Imagine that! Adventism and Desmond Ford in agreement.
The live updates hit a slight SNAFU amid my running to and fro at Loma Linda today. Namely, my computer decided to wipe all my notes from Dr. Ford's presentation. You know what they say about the best laid plans...
Dr. Ford sits on the platform in the Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda poised to address Adventism. It's the moment we've been waiting a long time for. This moment is a significant one in the long story of the relationship between Desmond Ford and the Adventist Church.
A hush has fallen over the audience. Larry Christoffel, associate pastor of the Campus Hill Church, introduces this evening's program with this question, "How can a man be in the right before God?"
It's a hot day in Loma Linda, and the hot topic of the afternoon is Dr. Desmond Ford's presentation on the Forensic Theory of Atonement in Light of the Christian Gospel.
We're in the Loma Linda Campus Hill Church, which is just about the highest point in Loma Linda, and we anticipate that Dr. Ford's presentation this afternoon will be the high point of this theologically packed weekend.
This presentation is as anticipated for the presence of Dr. Ford in an official Adventist gathering as for the content of the presentation itself.
"Would you please schedule me to speak at the meeting where you expect the lowest attendance?"
Continuing the live updates from the Good News Weekend in Loma Linda, we bring you Randy Roberts, senior pastor of the Loma Linda University Church with a hard-hitting message of the radical servanthood of God-made-flesh.
As a culture, Roberts says, we're a people always looking for a way up. We praise the winsome, lovely and prominent among us - those on the way up. We want a winsome, lovely savior, an image of Jesus that is "up the ladder."
Good morning and welcome to live updates from the Good News Tour. I'll be sharing updates in real time of the presentations in Loma Linda this weekend, both the Good News Tour and Desmond Ford's presentation at the Campus Hill Church this afternoon at 3:00. I hope to be able to share not only reports throughout the day, but also (if all goes well) video clips with interviews of some of this weekends participants.
I am writing from the Loma Linda University Church where the Good News Tour is in full swing.