It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen (or her characters) may be called upon to provide wit and wisdom on nearly any topic. (“Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.”) She offers her opinion on many subjects of interest to Adventists, including health food (“It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”), the beauty of Nature (“What are men to rocks and mountains?”), and dancing(“Every savage can dance.”) But can the estimable Miss Austen shed light on the lov
My husband, Kyle, dips his brush into a carefully balanced blend of Cadmium Red and Hooker’s Green. He slides the brush across a white canvas, leaving a dark, reddish-brown streak. That streak will soon be joined by others. Other colours and other sizes, applied in a deceptively random looking fashion until, when he’s finished, the canvas will sport an easily recognizable image.
He is an artist. He is creating.
Not in the same way that God created a living, feeling world, of course, but in the same spirit.
The Collision (or Cooperation?) of Evangelism, Compassion, Environment and Apocalypse
This week’s lesson on God and creation care grapples with a complex set of theological and sociological conundrums. Our commitment to proclamation of the gospel, anticipation of the coming of Christ, and theological understanding of our world’s destruction in final judgment, collides with the expression of God’s character in His creation and our responsibility for care of the environment and humanity.
God is extolled in Scripture as a lawgiver: “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.” Is. 33:12 NIV.
The law of God can be compared to safety concerns that bracket in time a fatal car wreck that occurs at an unmarked intersection. A benevolent concern for others is a universal sentiment that precedes the car wreck, but placement of the stop sign follows the car wreck. Law precedes sin and sin precedes law.
Holiness means “set apart,” and that set apartness is the main theme of this week’s SDA lesson quarterly chapter on “The Holiness of God.” “God is set apart from anything else in creation,” asserts our lesson author, Professor Jo Ann Davidson. “He is transcendently separate, so far above and beyond anything that we can truly grasp. To be holy is to be “other,” to be different in a special way, as with the seventh-day Sabbath.” I have no quarrel with this assertion nor with where Prof.
One of the best editors I ever wrote for frequently reminded me that I had a tendency – unfortunate from his perspective – to try to cover too many topics in one column. “Keep it simple, Thompson,” he would plead. “Focus on one point.”
Usually he was right. But sometimes I was rebellious and deliberately slipped into sin. This piece is another example of that since because I am so eager to see the grace/judgment theme become fertile soil for enriching Adventist dialogue, rather than being just a trigger for destructive argument.