Inspiration

The Oath Dilemma — Special Contribution to RLTV

"Oh Dave, don't forget, your oath is today at 9:15." The words snap my groggy mind to attention. Oath? My boss continues. "Yeah, it will be on the fourth floor, in the administrative offices. It shouldn't be a problem." It shouldn't be a problem. Is that a threat? It shouldn't be a problem if you keep your idealistic, religious nonsense […]

 
 

EDITORIAL: Hero without a gun – Washington Times

Desmond T. Doss was 23 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. The lanky Lynchburg, Va., native was much like other young men of the Greatest Generation, but one thing set Desmond apart from the other new troops. He was a devout Seventh Day Adventist and refused to touch a weapon. Some of the men in his training unit made jokes about him, others threatened him, but Desmond held firm to his beliefs. . . . >>>

 
 

Conversation is the True Work of Peacemaking – Huffington Post

Last week I spent three days at a gathering of the leaders of the Religious Peace Fellowships in Stony Point, N.Y. There were representatives from more than a dozen Christian denominations — from Catholic and Orthodox to Mennonite and Brethren — as well as Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist peace fellowships. And me, from the Adventist Peace Fellowship. It was the first time such a gathering had taken place in many years. It was clear that while peacemaking in our increasingly violent world was an urgent priority for all of us, working together across denominational and religious lines was something we didn't understand as well.

 
 

Investigation led ex-KGB agent to Christianity | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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Secrecy v. Transparency – Wikileaks and the Gospel

The keywords for today are "Secrecy" and "Transparency." There are good secrets and bad secrets. Things to be concealed and things to be revealed. Some people want to know, others want to hide. Secrecy is an valuable commodity. From universities that want to protect professors' academic freedom by keeping their controversial viewpoints from public criticism to the Central Intelligence Agency's […]

 
 

Respecting the Religion of Your Brother

Respecting the Religion of Your Brother

By Rajmund (Ray) Dabrowski – Authentic religion calls for a respect, sensitivity and acceptance of another's beliefs and practices. Do unto others … the saying goes. It really did not matter which one of the muezzins woke me up. The melodic reciting of a call to prayer from one of the minarets at 4:45 in the morning on the next […]

 
 

Jan Paulsen on Freedon

Pastor Jan Paulsen, world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church discusses freedom as a foundational value for human dignity.

 
 

What's Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?

What's Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?

The other day someone sent me a link to an "Antichrist Decoder" that has been posted online by an otherwise reputable Christian ministry. You can type in anybody's name and the program will calculate the value of the name in Roman numerals.

After checking my name to make sure that I was not the Antichrist I looked at the other names that people had plugged into the decoder and learned that Barack Obama is not the Antichrist, neither is Barack Hussein Obama. Ronald Wilson Reagan's name doesn't add up to 666 even if you type in two "v"s to make the W.

People were having fun with the decoder and for the uninitiated it would be at home in a carnival next to the "Love Meter" or "Magic 8 Ball." Perhaps an "antichrist decoder" made the rounds on the county fair circuit in years gone by, or a 666 Decoder Ring was the cheap plastic treat in the box of Cracker Jacks.

 
 

Adventist Golfer put his faith ahead of on-course success (Tulsa World)

 EXCERPT: A FIELD OF 312 golfers will tee off Monday in the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills and Cedar Ridge. One of them – 24-year-old Louie Bishop of Murrieta, Calif. – knows he has zero chance of advancing to Sunday's finals and, yes, he's at peace with that. Bishop is a Seventh-day Adventist. He doesn't compete on Saturdays because of […]

 
 

AUDIO: Karen Scott – "Rethinking the Premise of Religious Liberty"

Each year, the Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Washington celebrates religious liberty. On February 28, 2009, Karen Scott delivered an address entitled, "Rethinking the Premise of Religious Liberty."