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Herold Weiss

What is the Mission of the Church?

That the Seventh-day Adventist Church is passing through difficult times due to several issues demanding resolution does not need to be demonstrated because anyone only tangentially aware of what is being said in the various Adventist media outlets already knows it. On the surface, the issue is the ordination of women to the ministry of the church. As a spinoff from it, the function of the policies directing all aspects of the conduct of the church's business has taken a prominent role. Policies necessitate someone with the power to enforce them.

The Adventist Church Needs a Martin Luther

Many of us living through October 2017 could not but dwell on the significance of what happened exactly 500 years ago when Martin Luther decided to open up a conversation about the appropriateness of the selling of indulgences to shorten the time the souls of the dead spend in Purgatory. The selling of indulgences was a financial transaction that greatly benefited an ecclesiastical hierarchy that was in constant need of more money to sustain its lavish living style and monumental building projects.

Is Truth Dead?

The April 3, 2017, issue of Time has a cover that, if not for the changing of one word, is the exact replica of the one on the April 8, 1966, issue of the magazine. The one published fifty one years earlier had in red letters on a black field the question, “Is God Dead?” The one published this year with the same colors and the same font asks, “Is Truth Dead?” It would seem that if the answer to the first was in the affirmative the second question should have been asked much sooner.

God Pours the Spirit Without Measure

It has become common usage to speak of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but how to understand it does not enjoy a consensus.

Tradition and Experience Prove Inadequate

It should not surprise us to realize that what we claim to know about God may very well turn out to be wrong. Coming to terms with the realization that our images of God may not be at all accurate marks the achievement of some spiritual and theological maturity. I give credit to the Book of Job for teaching me this lesson. The way in which its authors frame the story of Job tells us that they have come a long way thinking about and coming to some conclusions concerning God.

Ellen White: A Subject for Adventist Scholarship

In honor of Roy Branson, founder of Spectrum Magazine, we begin today republishing articles from the Spectrum archives that were written during the Branson era. This first article from 1970, Volume 2, Issue 4, by Branson and Herold Weiss led to an expansion of historical studies of Ellen G. White. A three part series in the Adventist Review later expanded the ideas in this article where Branson and Weiss argued for new methods of study.

Moses is your District Attorney

By the time Jesus was born, Judaism had become centered on the Torah. The word Torah means “teaching” and was used mainly to designate what was taught with authority -- that is, the five books of Moses. When the Jews of Alexandria translated the Pentateuch from Hebrew to Greek, beginning in the 3rd century B.C.E., Torah became Nomos, the Greek word for law. As the giver of the Law, Moses then came to be considered the greatest of the prophets.

Come and See

            The gospel According to John is a fascinating document. There is little doubt that of the four gospels, it is the one that since antiquity has inspired Christians the most. According to Mark shines for its sharp focus on the one who came to give his life a ransom for many and will appear triumphant at the imminent Parousía.

Venid y ved

El evangelio Según Juan es un documento fascinante. De los cuatro evangelios, sin duda, es el que desde la antigüedad ha inspirado más a los cristianos. Según Marcosdeslumbra por la brillantez con que presenta al que vino a dar su vida en rescate por muchos y ha de aparecer triunfante en la eminente Parousía. Según Mateo, con el Sermón del Monte y la promesa que Jesús siempre está presente entre sus discípulos, ha informado los ideales de conducta de los cristianos a través de los siglos.

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