Those readers familiar with the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson know that the title is misleading since money plays no role in this ‘lottery’. When discussing this story with a first-year English Composition class, students are initially confused by the outcome of the lottery. Like in the narratives of the Old Testament, the practice of stoning remains a custom for the villagers in the story as well as those living in neighboring towns. However the annual stoning is not a form of punishment but a tradition. And the lottery is the system by which a rando
Today Tommy and I are putting up our tree. For 15 years we’ve been doing this. We have a specific formula regarding the choosing of the tree, the ornaments we put up and which one of us does which part of the decorating. We love playing the first Christmas carols of the season as we do this. We have it down pat. And we’ve never once stopped to ask: “Is this relevant in today’s world? What’s the point of doing it this way?
This week Spectrum is showcasing the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index at Andrews University which has recently completed adding the entire back catalogue of Spectrum (except the two most recent years) to their search engine.
This week's Sabbath School commentary is therefore an article from the summer of 2002, from a section in the magazine entitled "Who Is My Neighbor?".
This week in the Adult Bible Study Guide is the second of three weeks which focus on Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief no. 11, “Growing in Christ”. This is the most recent addition to what were, for 25 years “the 27 Fundamental Beliefs”; it was only added by the 2005 General Conference Session (resulting in the “28 Fundamentals”).
This week the Sabbath School quarterly has as its key thought the statement “Christ’s victory on the cross defines the scope of the victory into which the Christian may grow.” It is a true and aptly phrased observation drawn from this week’s key text, Colossians 2:15: “He [God] disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, triumphing over them in him [Christ].”
“FREE GIFT” shrieks an actor’s voice as the words rise into giant red and amber mushrooms across the television screen. Again, on the computer, I am alerted to ‘Instant Rewards’ or ‘Free gifts’, providing I rush out to buy food- clothing-new car-fuel-discounts or book an airline ticket, now or within limited time. To a degree, such advertising is said to be a win-win situation, but, at the same time, retailers are building and sharing huge databases with people’s personal information. Free?
Stephen Hawkins, that remarkable Cambridge University mathematician and cosmologist wrote in his 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, (193), that were scientists to discover the long-sought “theory of everything” to explain the varying mechanisms of the universe, “we would truly know the mind of God.”