Is the Sabbath the Goal or the Means to the Goal?
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More than a couple of times in my life, I have heard someone say, “My friend just accepted Jesus as their Savior. Now all we have to do is teach them about the Sabbath!” Whether they mean to or not, they are making it sound like the Sabbath is the goal. A relationship with Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath – Hit the Mark
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photo by Curtis Hall

It has finally arrived – the lesson topic on which everyone is an expert. The one topic we love to talk about above all others – the Sabbath. Yes, you can put your Bible and study guides down right now and let the free-flowing discussions begin. I can hear the Sabbath school discussions right now, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath (May 2, ’15)
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from … [Click to read more …]

Are You a Full-time Pastor Where You Work?
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Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Call to Discipleship (Apr 25, ’15)
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Call to Discipleship” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

The Radical Politics of Our First GC President, John Byington
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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 …]

Baptism of Children
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People often ask me how old  a child should be before they can be baptized. Many are surprised to hear I was just seven when I was baptized. I still remember the night – I was lying in bed, thinking about the cross and Jesus’ love for me. I decided I wanted to be baptized. I … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Baptism and the Temptations (April 11, ’15)
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Modern Technology is no Match for Old Fashioned Intimacy
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Way back in the late 1990’s, before android devices, I was working for a delivery company, and would sometimes find myself in someone’s office waiting for them to get a package ready. To kill time I would play a little game on my cell phone. I remember thinking to myself, If they can put a game … [Click to read more …]

Mary’s Gospel
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Mary washing Jesus' feet

Mary has slept and eaten little for the last 48 hours or so. Friday was a blur. Her best Friend, her Teacher, her Lord was crucified as a common criminal that day. Her thoughts tumble one over another in wild disarray. He had hinted at his death. That’s why she had bought that expensive alabaster … [Click to read more …]