Sabbath School

"Of Prayer" by John Calvin

50. But although it has been said above, (sec.

Creation Care or Could Care-less?

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.

Let Us Not Be Practical

This week, as something a little different, we have a video commentary, by Dennis Meier.

For author commentary, click here.

My Reflections on God as Lawgiver

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.

On The Ambiguities of Holiness

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.

Grace and Judgment: An Orchestra, Not Just a Bugle

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.

God as Redeemer

 

Curious Comments About Science In Glimpses Of Our God

Editor's Note: After reading the Teachers notes for this week's Sabbath School lesson, Phillip Brantley was moved to send us this comment, which we are sharing here.]

This quarter’s Sabbath School Lessons—Glimpses of our God—devotes the second week’s lesson to the biblical teaching about Creation.  I am dismayed to note that the Teachers Edition sets forth comments I find disturbing regarding science, the scientific method, and scientists, as follows:

John 1:1-13: Creation, Divinity, Salvation

 

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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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