Sabbath School

“Granny”: Living Witness Mentor

Instead of a footnoted tome, this week’s comments are an example of being a living witness.

“Granny”: An “Ordinary” Church Member

“Granny” was a member of one of my churches. She was in her 70’s, had not finished grade school and lived in the same house in a rural agricultural area for over 50 years. She had been heavily educated in the “University of Life” and her hands exhibited it, gnarled by hard work and rheumatoid arthritis.

Really Excited – Or Scared to Death

At the beginning of this quarter, I did a quick survey in my Sabbath School class on the topic of this quarter’s lessons, “Evangelism and Witnessing.” Not only do I have a strong preference for lessons rooted in the text of Scripture rather than those based on a theme, but I also know that the theme “Evangelism and Witnessing” really excites some people, but terrorizes others. I told the class that I wasn’t enthusiastic about the plan for this quarter, but wanted to check their pulse on the topic as the basis for class discussion.

Extraordinary Ordinaries

“Eeeh, Eeeh, Eeeh, Eeeh,” the car horn blared madly.


The elderly woman lay crumpled on the hilly San Francisco street.  A hysteric crowd encircled her while someone shouted, “Call an ambulance, quick!”  Minutes later the limp body was rushed to the hospital. 

Although unable to communicate, the 78 year old Seventh-day Adventist matron strikingly recalled a decades-old conversation in the quiet of the hospital room.

“The work is making wonderful progress, isn’t it?”

The Discipled A Discipler


Evangelism and witnessing are technical words used to portray the way a Christian shares his/her faith. The Great Commission, Matthew 28.19-20, provides a rubric for conceptualising these acts in a unique way: through a paradigm of discipleship.

Immortality: Programmed or Promised

TIME magazine had an extraordinary statement on the cover of its February 21, 2011, issue – ¨2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal.¨ This prediction was based on the merger of the human brain and a computer.  Computer technology was described as developing at such a phenomenal rate that computers could accomplish in just one hour what had previously taken their entire 90 year history to do.  This suggested to many scientists around the world that computers were developing an “intelligence” (

Pride and Prejudice and Patriarchs

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

God As Artist


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.

"Of Prayer" by John Calvin

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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.

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