Why are so many white people, and especially white American Christians, terrified to admit that racism exists? Especially considering our history. What history, you ask? The history of the horrific Trans-Atlantic slave trade, told in so many heartbreaking stories, and illustrated in vivid detail by the true story of The Amistad. The history of white […]
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We followers of Jesus ought to save our moral outrage for a time when we’ll need it: when persecution actually happens. We’re not there yet, at least here in America, and crying “persecution” now won’t do us any favors in the days ahead.
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People who really want to follow Jesus aren’t itching to set up a theocracy or some sort of political version of the Kingdom of God on earth. Why? Because they know that Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is fundamentally different from worldly political systems and has completely different goals. “My kingdom is […]
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The resurrection of Jesus Christ is arguably the most consequential event in human history – certainly as consequential as the death of Jesus and His second advent (see Heb. 9:28). As the Apostle Paul reminds us, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also […]
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I was just a teenager when the North American Division, in league with the General Conference, produced a book entitled Issues: The Seventh-day Adventist Church and Certain Private Ministries. As I recall, the document condemned, along with other things, the acceptance and use of tithe money by self-supporting ministries in violation of General Conference policy. […]
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(The following is taken from an appendix to the book Patriarchs and Prophets). “The question has been raised, and is now much agitated, If a theocracy was good in the time of Israel, why would not a theocratical form of government be equally good for this time? The answer is easy: A theocracy is a […]
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Why I Changed My Mind About Women’s Ordination (Downloadable PDF)
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Does culture ever play a part in helping us to understand (or misunderstand) Scripture? Should we always interpret the biblical text according to a “plain reading” of the passage? Christians who, like myself, take a “high view” of the inspiration of Scripture believe that the prophets who wrote the Bible were given thoughts, impressions, visions […]
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By James L. Evans When I was about fourteen, I remember seeing two boys fighting over one girl. It was like something out of an animated cartoon. One boy had her by one hand, while the other boy held the other. They were pulling her back and forth, yelling at each other the whole time. […]
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