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Creation in the Books of the Prophets

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In ancient Israel there were both official and charismatic prophets. The official prophets, as is to be expected, were the propagandists of the throne and the temple.

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Woe to the Wealthy

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The recent extension of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s prison sentence, took my mind back to the Tuesday in 2005 when the Russian courts initially sentenced the billionaire tycoon to nine years in prison for tax evasion and several counts of fraud.

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Memo to Elder Wilson

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Because my counsel is unbidden, it may never reach you, or if it does reach you, it may seem obtrusive.

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Blessed Mary - Mother of the Son of God

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And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb… Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord” (Luke 1:42, 45).

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Where Few Are Gathered

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For the past 12 years I’ve been pastor of a vibrant church in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. During my time there we doubled our attendance, spawned a new 200-soul congregation, built a new church and school, and doubled our tithe and offerings [1].

Recently I shifted into a job with the conference office, and like others there I began preaching each weekend in churches around the conference. Here in Ohio about 85% of our churches are below 100 in attendance on an average Sabbath, and half of those 30 or below.

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Creation in Revelation

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These days to take up creation as a theme is to dare one’s fate, and the consequences are unpredictable.

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WikiLeaks and the Investigative Judgment

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The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States boldly declares:

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Lest We Forget - Part II

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The Mohaven Conference

The list of conference attendees reads like a veritable who’s who in 1970’s Adventism. They were no light weights! Represented were women such as Leona Running, Miriam Wood, Kit Watts, LaVonne Neff and Josephine Benton along with men such as Gerhard Hasel, Raoul Dederen, Frank Holbrook, Charles Scriven and James Spangenberg. The quality and depth of research presented by scholars such as Betty Sterling and Madelynn Halderman was impressive. (1)

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Such a Petty God

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Over a year ago I wrote in these pages about Ernie Knoll, a California Adventist who’d had a short run as a prophet to the remnant before he was unmasked.

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Creation in The Letter to the Hebrews

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The document we are studying does not have an epistolary introduction that identifies the author and the intended readers.

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Change We Can All Believe In

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The GOP has good reason to celebrate this week. Thanks to the enthusiasm of those who imbibed the spiked punch at the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh’s generalship has been grandly endorsed and the President of the United States has quietly conceded failure, as he assumed responsibility for the Democrats’ deafening defeats.

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Three Types of Contemplation: Reflections on Elder Ted N. C. Wilson’s Inaugural Sermon

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Like many others around the world I was surprised during his inaugural sermon Ted N. C. Wilson, the newly elected President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, warned against “contemplative prayer.”

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Lest We Forget

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In the summer of 1973, at the urging of Gordon Hyde, Director of the Biblical Research Institute, the President’s Executive Advisory Committee approved plans for a select committee to meet for the purpose of “giving through and adequate study to the role of women in the church organization.”[1]

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Brutal Hearts

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In 1922, as the Irish Civil War raged outside, William Butler Yeats was trapped with his wife and daughter in Thoor Ballylee, his County Galway farmhouse built out of a small castle tower.

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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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Sat, 09/13/2014 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, PhD

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