Archive for: February, 2013

Lawrence Geraty – Diversity: Friend or Foe? (Video Presentation)

An inspirational presentation by Dr. Lawrence Geraty, former president of La Sierra University and noted archaeologist, speaking at Newbold College on how God's creation of a world of diversity should inform how we value the human rights of each individual.

 
 

Atheists Face Severe Discrimination in Several Countries, says Report to UN

The Human Rights Council, an organization of people who reject religion, has issued a report that indicates atheists face severe discrimination and persecution because of their beliefs in many nations around the world.

 
 

Praise in Midst of Torture: Letter from Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

Praise in Midst of Torture: Letter from Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

It is interesting that because I am a Christian pastor, I am carefully watched. I am expected to smile at them despite what is being done and to understand why they are doing all of these things. But, of course, I can clearly see what is going on and because I want to serve God, I see all of these difficulties as golden opportunities and great doors to serve. There are empty containers who are thirsty for a taste of the Living Water and we can quench their thirst by giving them Jesus Christ. Maybe you are also in such a situation, so pray and seek God that He would use you and direct you in the pressures and difficulties of your lives.

 
 

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Soren Kierkegaard identifies five requirements to be a knight of faith. I do not consider these requirements to be hard and fast rules (in fact I will challenge at least one of them), but I do think that these are good things to think about if we are going to live a life of faith.

 
 

Accrediting Body Threatens Spiritual Mission of La Sierra University (*UPDATED*)

Accrediting Body Threatens Spiritual Mission of La Sierra University (*UPDATED*)

It is not WASC's role to dictate bylaw changes, determine who is on the board, or to dictate how personnel decisions will be made. Threats to remove accreditation should be taken very seriously and La Sierra University, and its parent organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, like other institutions, can and must challenge WASC when it exceeds its authority.

 
 

How Much Do We Really Care?

How Much Do We Really Care?

Many people want those who do wrong to be brought to justice, but often neglect the greater need of those same people being brought to Jesus. efore fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner died under siege in a burning cabin at Big Bear last week, a friend of mine said that he hoped Dorner would be brought to justice, but more […]

 
 

Opinion: Now Is The Time to Pass Sensible Gun Policy Reforms

Opinion: Now Is The Time to Pass Sensible Gun Policy Reforms

President Obama has responded to public outcry by announcing a plan to reduce gun violence while respecting the rights of the vast majority of gun owners who are law abiding and use their guns safely. His plan, which included recommendations from a task force of stakeholders led by Vice President Joe Biden, is a commonsense proposal that Congress should pass promptly.

 
 

Sinners Transformed by Grace: Pope's Resignation Amidst Scandal a Sign of Hope

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Although Benedict XVI has cited health concerns, there is some speculation that the resignation may be related to the ongoing sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in the past decade. Before becoming Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger was responsible for ordering that all reports of sex abuse be channeled through his office at the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith which he operated from 2001 to 2005.

 
 

Jason Hines: I Admire Ben Carson, But . . . That Speech!

Jason Hines: I Admire Ben Carson, But . . . That Speech!

In April of 1990, Reader's Digest published an article “Dr. Ben Carson: Man of Miracles.” As a 9 year old child, I remember reading that article and admiring Dr. Carson. I admired his struggle, his ability to overcome the challenges of his childhood. I marveled after his obvious intelligence and his miraculous accomplishments. When I found out he was Seventh-day Adventist like me that cemented my fandom. His story spoke to me as a shy smart kid, making my way through my first year at a public school.

 
 

Christianity Stands Apart from Warfare (A.T. Jones)

Christianity Stands Apart from Warfare (A.T. Jones)

The early Christians did not engage in war. They
would die rather than kill a fellow-being. It was not until apostacy had honeycombed the church that Christians
were to be found bearing arms and engaging in carnal warfare.