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Reinder Bruinsma

The Church We Love, Serve, and Lead

This past week has been a very rewarding and inspiring experience. I was one of a group of some 30 people who met for a few intense days in a hotel near San Diego. I was honored to have been invited and to be able to interact with a group of theologians, male and female pastors, and present and former church leaders. Our theme was not only a convenient slogan but was the very soul of what this meeting was all about: “The Church We Love, Serve, and Lead: Best Practices and Strategies for the Future.”

Speaking Out Against Last Generation Theology

Few statements by Ellen G. White have had such a broad and lasting impact as the following few lines in her book Christ’s Object Lessons, page 69: ‘‘Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.”

Lessons from the Life of S.N. Haskell

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Religious Freedom: Some Historical Perspectives and Present Applications

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Introductory Remarks

Book Review: Bertil Wiklander's "Ordination Reconsidered"

Dr. Bertil Wiklander
Ordination Reconsidered: The Biblical Vision of Men and Women as Servants of God
Newbold Academy Press, June 2015
Available through Amazon (in print and as e-book)


Ordination of men and women
in the light of the mission of God

Esperanza

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

¿Por qué elegí este tema en particular cuando se me pidió que escribiera algunos comentarios sobre uno de los temas de este trimestre de la Guía de Estudio de Escuela Sabática? Probablemente porque ha sido un foco principal durante mis últimos cinco años de asignación confesional antes de retirarme hace un poco más de un año.

Hope

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Why did I choose this particular subject when asked to write some comments on one of the topics of this quarter's Sabbath School Study Guide? Probably because it has been a main focus during my final five-year denominational assignment before retiring a little more than a year ago.

Escuela sabática: Jesús nos llama al discipulado

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Hoy nos concentramos en el hecho de ser llamados por Jesús, el Cristo. Prestaremos especial atención a unos pocos elementos clave.

Llamados por Jesús.

El llamado al discipulado cristiano no es simplemente un llamado de alguien que ha tenido una buena idea e invita a otros a aprender acerca de esa idea, que entonces deciden ayudar a su promoción. Cuando Jesús llama a todos a ser sus discípulos, la convocatoria se trata primordialmente de adhesión a su persona.

Called to Discipleship by Jesus

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Today we focus on being called by Jesus Christ. A few key elements will receive special attention.

Called by Jesus.

The call to Christian discipleship is not simply a call from someone who has hit upon a good idea and invites other people to learn about that idea, and who then decides to help promote it. When Jesus calls people to be his disciples, the call deals primarily with attachment to his person.

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