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Creation in the Letter to the Colossians

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The letter to the Colossians offers arguments to prevent its readers from being led astray by those who are teaching them “philosophy and empty deceit” (2:8). At the core of these teachings, it would appear, “the elements of the world” play a central role.

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Bishop Eddie Long and the Scandal Before the Scandal

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It’s not looking good for Eddie Lee Long-–Bishop of Atlanta’s 25,000 member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Just last week, a penetrating spotlight was directed towards this mesmerizing messenger who dines with heads of state and celebrities. It took most by surprise when four young men alleged that their spiritual father had committed unspiritual incest.

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A Play in One Act

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PROLOG (given by a narrator)

We have all been told that in the hereafter there will be those who arrive in heaven without having heard the gospel message. This is a story about one such woman. She had lived her entire life in an isolated area of the country, an area that certain believers fled to in the final days of earth’s history. As our story opens the woman, Mary Jane, is sitting on her front porch, smoking a cigarette and worrying about some folks she had sheltered just the night before.

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Peering Into Orion

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Recently I ran across a story that contained the headline, “Hole in Space”. It’s about the Herschel telescope’s discovery of a massive expanse in a nebula that appears to be empty of matter — the result, they surmise, of a young star spewing jets of gas that clear everything away.

The headline caught my eye because of a story it brought to mind from my childhood.

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Creation in the Corinthian Correspondence

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It does not take long for the reader of Paul’s Corinthian correspondence to realize that the relations between the parties were stormy.

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Kirk Franklin’s X-Rated Secret

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It was a great attention grabber: “Kirk Franklin’s X-Rated Secret.” It piqued my interest, and on Wednesday of that particular week I joined the tens of millions of viewers who tuned in to “Oprah.” During the Queen of Talk’s opening remarks, it soon became evident that this was to be a serious show. My analytical mind was soon to be disappointed when I discovered that “X” was not being used as a symbol for the Christian cross. This “X” stood for “explicit,” “excessive,” and “extreme.” This “X” stood for “censored,” “obscene,” and “crude.”

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On Being Remnant Or A Remnant within a Remnant?

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It was 8:00 AM on a Sabbath morning and I was kneelling on a prayer riser at the Episcopal Cathedral. Normally at this time I would be getting ready for services at my home church. I felt somewhat strange and out of place. Then the Deacon began to pray…

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The Disappearing Center

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It isn’t that no one wants to occupy the center; it is that you cannot occupy it. Choose, or it will be chosen for you.

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Creation in the Letter to the Romans

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Creation is a fundamental theme in the Bible. Faith affirms God’s creative action. Creationism, on the other hand, is the manipulation of biblical stories by those who pretend to convince others that they have scientific validity.

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Mosques, Marriages and the American Mirage

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God has been good to men. He gave
His Only Son their souls to save,
And then he made a second gift,
Which from their dreary lives should lift
The tyrant's yoke and set them free
From all who'd throttle liberty.
He gave America to men —
Fashioned this land we love, and then
Deep in her forest sowed the seed
Which was to serve man's earthly need.

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“Panentheism” Is Not a Four-Letter Word!

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I gather from what I hear and read that some Seventh-day Adventists might be uncomfortable with panentheism, the idea that “everything is ’in’ God and that “God is ‘in’ everything.

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Adventist Education in the 21st Century

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This spring I received an invitation in the mail which read “you have been selected to join a private gathering of community leaders, thinkers and doers who desire to protect the legacy of Adventist Education.” Wow, I was being asked to be a part of a select group!

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Those Cursed Women

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Another General Conference session has passed, and again our leadership has declined to take action extending ordination to female clergy.

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They neither Win nor Die with their Boots On

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As I said in my column last month, I am a founding member of the Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs. That is, I have been a richly blessed member since 1973.

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A Lesson in Stewardship From the General Conference

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If the pundits are correct, the number of Adventists in the city of Atlanta will swell to over 70,000 this weekend.

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Happiness is Hearing and Doing

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The gospel of Luke records that one woman was so impressed with Jesus that she sought to give him honor by shouting out, “Blessed is the womb that bore thee and the paps which thou has sucked.” (Luke 11:27) According to one writer, she was basically saying, “You are a wise and great teacher, Jesus – wasn’t your mother’s reproductive system wonderful!” (1)

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Picking and Choosing

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I remember a church board meeting years ago, where one member arrived highly indignant. I have mercifully forgotten the issue, though it was probably something like a special music piece he thought too secular-sounding, or someone had gone up front wearing a wedding ring. Back then, those seemed very important.

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The Sojourner Who Is Within Your Gates

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My first job as a denominational employee was as Pastor of the Spanish Broadway Church in Manhattan. We had our services in the second floor of a commercial building with an antique store in the first floor and a social club in the third.

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Blindsided by the Blind Side

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The award winning movie, The Blind Side is based on a chapter in the life of Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens football team. The son of a single mother trapped in the prison of addiction, Oher was left to fend for himself as a teenager and eventually became homeless. Enter Leigh Anne Tuohy, a privileged and opinionated White southern Republican, who was so moved to compassion that she “adopted” the socially disadvantaged descendant of African slaves into her family.

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The Rest of the Story

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Martha wanted to be a disciple of Jesus. She wanted to follow him and learn from him. But she was held back by her social conditioning that said women have their roles and their place. Theological studies were what men did. Women were to care for men’s physical needs so that men could devote their time to study. Preparing meals was important work. But Martha longed to discuss deeper spiritual matters and the things of God.

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Sat, 05/10/2014 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Monique Vincent, PhD candidate, University of Chicago

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