The World Next Door

The World Next Door

What shall it profit a man if he reaches the whole world, yet neglects his neighbor living next door? - Someone  I have not done an official survey, but my guess is that if you were to ask Seventh-day Adventists living in North America if they were friends with their neighbors, something like 90% of them would say they weren’t.   Think about i

The Selfishness of Salvation

The Selfishness of Salvation

You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a person who thinks it’s acceptable for a Christian to be selfish. Selfishness is the antithesis to Christianity, implicitly at odds with it. Even non-Christians recognize this and are often quick to point out when the life of a Christian contradicts this principle. This idea is, of course, underscored repeate

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

In his commentary Luke for Everyone, N.T. Wright shares an anecdote, perhaps apocryphal though repeated by many, about the Russian Orthodox Church during pre-communist Russia. Apparently, in October of 1917, a contentious, drawn-out debate broke out among the church’s leadership during its synod in Moscow. What was it about? The color of clerical v

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”