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Olive J. Hemmings

The Liberation of Peter: The Gospel to the World

Acts 10:34, NRSV: Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who does what is right is acceptable to him.”

Love Is Enough — Sermon by Dr. Olive J. Hemmings

This sermon was originally preached at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 24, 2018. Watch the sermon here, or read it below:

I give to you a new commandment that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.(John 13:34-35)

Love Is Enough — Video

Dr. Olive Hemmings, religion professor at Washington Adventist University, preaches on the topic of love:

Liberty in Messiah: The Steep and Narrow Path to Unity

The multi-ethnic, multi-convictional nature of the early church - steeped Greco-Roman religious-philosophical ferment – defied efforts at uniformity of practice. So strong were the consciences of particular groups that in spite of the Church’s ruling at the Jerusalem Council on certain practices, there remained resistance. The Council ruled that Gentiles do not need to be circumcised, but it continued to be a factious issue.

The Most Powerful Demonstration of the Spirit

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

Come Immanuel: God’s Reign of Righteousness

The prophetic quest for “judgment and righteousness” is the quest for fairness and justice upon the earth.  It represents the collective sigh of the oppressed, downtrodden, marginalized and stigmatized.  It echoes throughout history as the voice of the few, brave enough to “do unto others” and to call others to do the same.  It is the essence of hope – the messianic hope - hope that God’s reign of righteousness will finally come upon the earth. 

Oyendo la voz profética: la cuestión de la interpretación

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Cuando no logramos dar el debido respeto a las Sagradas Escrituras como una gran colección de obras literarias escritas por diversos autores a lo largo de muchos siglos, producidas en diversas circunstancias y para diversos fines, con diversos puntos de vista, y terminada hace casi dos mil años, cualquier significado que saquemos de ella implica darnos a nosotros mismos un cierto poder que deja al texto en sí incapacitado para decir lo que quiere decir.

Hearing the Prophetic Voice: The Question of Interpretation


When we fail to give due respect to the Sacred Scriptures as a great collection of literary works written many centuries ago over many centuries, written by many different authors in diverse circumstances for diverse purposes, and with diverse points of view, any meaning we take from it signifies an appropriation of power to ourselves that leaves the text itself powerless to say what it means to say.

Freedom to Follow Now


Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matt. 10:8)

At some point in one’s life, one is likely to be confronted with one’s mortality. Often one may ask: “Have I been all that I should have and could have been? Have I done all I could have done and should have done?” Often, one may find the answer to these questions uncomfortable.

Escuela sabática: Libertad para seguirlo ahora

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Sanad enfermos, limpiad leprosos, resucitad muertos, expulsad demonios. De gracia recibisteis, dad de gracia. (Mateo 10:8)

En algún momento en la vida tenemos que hacer frente a la mortalidad. A menudo uno puede preguntar: “¿He sido todo lo que debería y podría haber sido? ¿He hecho todo lo que pude haber hecho y debería haber hecho?” A menudo, se puede encontrar que la respuesta a estas preguntas es incómoda.

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