When is it a Good Idea Not to Follow Bible Counsel?
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Open Bible

A few years ago I was talking to a head elder, who had rushed to judgment and taken it upon himself to take “executive” action against another church member. I asked him if he had followed the counsel in Matthew 18, and talked to the member first. He boldly told me he did not need … [Click to read more …]

Are Adventists Old-Covenant Christians? (part 2)
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Covenant with the Lord

As mentioned in the last post, Adventism’s understanding of the covenants is not well known either to us, our inquirers or our critics. Some critics even go as far as to suggest that Adventism’s covenant progression is an unheard-of new heresy. Part of the difficulty in responding to these charges is that, while Adventists have historically written … [Click to read more …]

Adventism Oozes Social Justice – Do you?
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Spirit-led Community - image of interlocking hands of various races.

The recent events taking place across the US have been both heart breaking and mind boggling. As a millennial Adventist I can remember a time when I quite comfortably praised the decline of racial tension and looked happily into a future in which such things would be relegated to the basement of civilization. Progress was … [Click to read more …]

The Head of the Body Always Feels the Pain First
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…Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. Ephesians 5:23 NLT  When you pray and tell Jesus about the trials of your day, do you ever stop and ask Jesus how His day was? Remember, while you may have seen one person being abused, Jesus saw every … [Click to read more …]

Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees
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Back in 1991 my wife and I leased an old red brick building in downtown Nampa, Idaho, as our art studio. For $200/month we got 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a 100-year-old building, including a large room we used as our photo studio. After a year we ended up hiring … [Click to read more …]

Pastors Who Do All The Work Aren’t Doing Their Jobs!
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Christ Points the Way

A while back a lady went into the hospital for a few days. While she was there, a local elder, deacon and an elderly lady came to visit her. However she was released from the hospital before the Senior or Associate pastors of the church could come see her. After her release, she mentioned to me … [Click to read more …]

When We Think the Church is Wrong!
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In July the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference Session will vote on the much-discussed contentious issue of whether individual divisions should ordain women pastors. Since enough has been written about women’s ordination to fill several terabytes of data space, we are not going to discuss the subject on Sabbath School Net. I am not a prophet … [Click to read more …]

We are Not the Home Team
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“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV) A few years ago I had baptismal studies with an elderly man named Oscar. He had just … [Click to read more …]

Christ’s Radical Treatment of Women
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It’s hard for us to imagine ourselves in a world where devout men pray every morning on arising, “God I thank You that you did not create me a Gentile, a slave or a woman.” 1 It was in such a society that Jesus ministered. The prominent role played by women in society, as related … [Click to read more …]

The Radical Politics of Our First GC President, John Byington
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John Byington photo

Probably the image most Adventists have of Elder John Byington is based on the only photograph they’ve ever seen which portrays the aged patriarch as a silver-haired, balding, bearded, wrinkled, scowling preacher in a black frockcoat and white shirt buttoned tightly around the neck. Consequently, they might be surprised to learn that he was a … [Click to read more …]