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Eddy Johnson

Preparing or Preparedness?

At seventy-six, I am over the biblical three scores and ten. I was born into a minister’s home, and all my life I have gravitated around the church in different capacities. From the kindergarten sand box, to childhood flannelgraph, to teenage Sabbath School class, and eventually into adulthood, I have always been exposed to the Seventh-day Adventist view of end-time events. Indeed, there was a time when the Sabbath School editing team of the General Conference followed a five-year cycle, which meant that every five years the same topics were revisited.

Witnessing to Babylon (Part 4)

In part four of this series, we’ll explore the application of the Salt and the Light in our daily lives.

Life is experienced in six different spheres. The normal development of a baby from birth to adulthood clearly identifies the six dimensions. Sociology and psychology break down the dimensions into their finer constituents. A simple broad description of the six life dimensions is enough for our purpose:

1. The Physical: From birth, a baby is aware of the physical dimension when it feels wet, cold, hunger, pain, comfort from a mother’s arms, etc.

How to Be in Babylon but not of Babylon (Part 3)

The secret to being in Babylon but not of it is about being spiritual. But the word “spiritual” must be understood not according to popular concepts of the word but according to the biblical truth that spirituality results from being connected to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The popular concept of spirituality

Role Determined or Role Determining? (Part 2)

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As I discussed in my article last week, unless we change our theology about Babylon, the membership at large will never feel comfortable with the “Babylonians.” Three areas need reforming if the Church is to dwell in the midst of Babylon in order to win people to Christ.

The Central Character in the Nativity Story

Christmas is fast approaching, and many churches, ours and others, are busy preparing their annual Christmas pageant. Whether the show is a grandiose one with live characters or a simple one with a toy manger and dressed up dolls, the person in importance next to Jesus is Mary. Joseph stands somewhere in the background and looks benignly down at the infant. The accompanying reading for the Christmas pageant is always taken from Luke’s detailed account of the birth story in which one significant mention is made of Joseph.

Saved to Serve: A Reflection on Communion

This is the third article in a three-part series.

Living God’s Will: It Starts with Baptism

The first article in this series of three suggested that the life of a disciple should be the true reflection of God’s character, as made visible in Jesus. The present article focuses on baptism as the actual beginning of the disciple’s journey. The final article will be about communion.

Jeremiah’s Yoke: His and Ours

“The narrative of redemption is the most beautiful and the longest love story ever told. But it is not a sugar sweet story. It is a dramatic story because it is the story of God’s love, passionate, jealous, as strong as death itself; a fragile love, versatile and subjected to all the infidelities of man.” (Bernard Sesboue, Dean of Theology at the Catholic Sèvre Centre, France)

A Reflection on the Same-Sex Marriage Debate in Australia

The quarrel over same-sex marriage has been raging for quite a while in Australia with no end in sight. A government decision one way or the other will not bring the discussion to a close. What is taking place is much more an ongoing, highly emotional exchange of arguments pitting people against each other.

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