SABBATH SHOOTINGS

Regardless of where we stand with reference to proposed political remedies to these problems, faithful Christians—in particular Seventh-day Adventists—should stand resolutely against violence of any sort, especially when such deeds are perpetuated against persons because of racial or other differences.

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THE FIRE THIS TIME

As we see a world convulsed in sorrow at the destruction by fire of the iconic cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, our hearts go out to the millions for whom this architectural, historic wonder serves as a symbol of faith and the ultimate meaning men and women seek from their faith.

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Reflections on Hypocrisy

It has been said that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.  More than likely, this is because even those not desiring to relinquish certain evil deeds—along with those who do thus desire but lack the power available through Biblical conversion to do so (Rom. 7:14-25)—nevertheless realize that a measure of outward goodness makes for greater success in traversing the grim interval between birth and eternity.

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PERFECTION THEOLOGY AND THE MORAL IMPERATIVE OF SCRIPTURE

The controversy in modern and postmodern Adventism over whether sinless obedience (character perfection) is possible in earthly lives through God’s power, is no mere abstract argument.  It is an intensely practical one.  More than any other reason, this accounts for the staying power of this discussion during the past half century and more of Adventist history.

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DOES SALVATION REQUIRE HUMAN EFFORT?

The theory that Biblical salvation involves no proactive human effort beyond passive belief and a surrender process best defined as “letting go and letting God” remains enormously popular in certain circles of contemporary Adventism.  Even among theologically conservative church members this notion persists, often to an alarming rate. 

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UNITED METHODISTS REJECT LGBT PASTORS, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Those in contemporary Adventism who adhere to Biblical faithfulness regarding the issues of human sexuality must certainly rejoice at the outcome of the recent Methodist General Conference session in St. Louis.  But due to earlier concessions by so many in the United Methodist Church regarding higher criticism, theological liberalism in general, and women’s ordination in particular, the struggle to hold the line on the sexuality issues will be vastly harder in that community than it might otherwise be.

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HISTORICAL TUNNEL VISION

The unbalanced focus of so many in contemporary Adventism on the perils of extreme spiritual rigidity as distinct from the opposite peril, is reflected to a large degree in the disproportionate focus of some on certain episodes in denominational history to the neglect of others.

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