Bible Commentary: "Theological Booby Traps & Road Blocks"


Part two on the Bible Commentary, excerpted from Raymond Cottrell's 1985 Spectrum article, "The Untold Story of the Bible Commentary." You can read the intro to learn more. Comments will be open on the final post.

"The Untold Story of the Bible Commentary"


Raymond Cottrell spent 15,000 hours studying every verse of the Bible. This was his job — as an associate editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, which was published in the 1950s. And with it, Cottrell suggests, Adventist Bible study "came of age."

Oscar Talk with Jared and Alexander


It's Oscars time. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday, March 7th, showcase the best of film from 2009. In this film vlog, we break down the Oscar nominees and predict winners in all the biggest categories.

This three-part conversation focuses on the importance of film as art and the importance of art as a window into the human experience.

"Practical Intelligence"


The concept of intelligence has been around for a long time. It has always been controversial with a recognition, for many years now, that the standard measurement of one's intelligence quotient (IQ) is inadequate. Since Howard Gardner's work around the idea of multiple intelligences, the whole field of intelligence has continually shifted and been debated.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


How do you unseat a violent and implacable dictator who is wantonly killing his own people? By prayer. Really! Once again a lesson of peacemaking in the face of seemingly impossible odds comes out of Africa, this time from the small West African country of Liberia, founded in 1847 by freed African slaves, and whose capital is named after an American president.

"Growing in Circles: My Struggle to Make Peace with God, Myself, and Just About Everything"


I’m an avid fiction reader, but the only genre of non-fiction that I devour with the same urgency is the memoir. And among memoirs, the ones I’m most likely to seek out are memoirs by women about their spiritual journeys.

Christians, Taliban and Moral Ambiguity

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In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan arrested eight foreign aid workers and sixteen of their Afghan assistants on charges of spreading Christianity.

Scriven's "The Promise of Peace"


Charles Scriven has offered his vision for what it means to be an Adventist, and I am feeling rather uncertain about it. In the opening chapter of his book, The Promise of Peace,1 Scriven acknowledges that the place from which he writes is not a neutral one, but that his writing reflects his life story.

"The Reason for God"


The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism is a rich work that reflects author Timothy Keller’s erudite teaching style as a pastor; tackling some heady issues, the book is full of references to contemporary historians, sociologists, philosophers, literature, theologians, etc. Yet, like his teaching, the book is surprisingly accessible to a general audience (considering the issues being addressed), rewarding those put in the effort to grapple with it.

The Best Films of Hollywood's Golden Age


It is dicey business suggesting potentially great films from any age or genre as tastes vary so much. And to move back toward cinematic beginnings also means that many younger readers will have no idea what is being discussed – it is ancient history.

I make this attempt in hopes of enticing some to discover new and wonderful cinematic experiences--enjoyment and value that you might not otherwise have encountered.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
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Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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