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Life is Short and Then You Die and Then You Live

All our times have come

Here, but now they're gone

Seasons don't fear the reaper

Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain

—Donald Roeser

Sexuality and Human Developmental Identity - Cape Town 1

Top leaders of the SDA church will be meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, next week, March 17-20/2014, for the ‘In God’s Image’: Scripture, Sexuality, And Society Summit.

A Pregnant God: Why I believe in Miracles

If you ever visit Masaka, Uganda, and serendipitously meet a boy named Keith Augustus Burton, what is the first thing that would come to your mind? There actually is an infant in the region who bears that name, but if I could borrow some words from the late Michael Jackson, I need you to know that “the kid is not my son!” Then is this just a coincidence? Absolutely not! Well, if it’s not a fluke occurrence, how can it be explained?

Three Questions

Last Friday Arizona became the first state to pass a bill that will allow for-profit business owners to claim a religious exemption in service to customers and treatment of employees. The bill, which would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gay people and discriminate between genders in terms of pay, was vetoed by the governor yesterday.

The Back Door Problem

I was interested to learn, a few months ago, that some folks in Silver Spring had discovered how many were "slipping out the back door" of the church. It made me think of those European explorers a few centuries back who came back from sea voyages saying they’d discovered a new land, even though that land was occupied with people who had apparently discovered it long before. We out in the congregations have been experiencing the hemorrhaging for a long time. Especially small congregations.

Theodrama of an Anorexic Theology - 3

President Ted Wilson’s November 2013 “State of the Church” address doesn't evidence only a psychological or a sociological anomaly in Adventism today, as we have commented in the two previous columns[1]. The address itself is theologically problematic.

Liberal Fundamentalism

I still remember the negative backlash I received from an article I never wrote.  I did scribe almost all of the content. However, when I submitted it to Spectrum for publication, the former editor changed the title without my knowledge or consent.

Say Grace

I recently went through a word study of grace in the Bible. In the NASB, the word grace appears approximately 125 times. A good amount of the time the word is used either in greeting at the beginning of an epistle or at the conclusion of an epistle. It happened so often that it almost made me think that God’s grace might be something that only applied to Christians, a concept that only made sense in discussing what God had done for us.

Sociodrama of a Diligent Church - 2

Should all religious communities be periodically assessed? Should they be only assessed in their practice or also in their founding principles? Are the claimed founding principles of a community always biblical or rather are they already an interpretation of the bible, mixed with some cultural conditioning elements? Are these cultural conditioning elements necessarily negative? Are they absolute? How should intrinsic and extrinsic evaluative perspectives be combined? Are continuous evaluations necessarily heterogeneous?

Brand New Year, Same Old Plot

While Georges Polti presents an argument for as many as thirty-six predictable plots in literature,[i] I tend to agree with Foster-Harris’ trinitarian understanding of a single plot that is characterized by one of three “types” of development.[ii]  The first two are self-explanatory: “Type A, happy ending” and “Type B, sad ending.” “Type C” is more complex, with the “ending” occurring at the beginning of the narrative, and the explanation provided as the narrative develops.



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