On Being Perfect

On Being Perfect

In Matthew 5:48 Jesus utters this short, symmetric, and straightforward command: “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (ESV) Somewhat ironically, the linguistic simplicity and clarity of this statement appears to be in contrast with the depth and ambiguity of its meaning. We understand that God is perfect, and that we

“Sell All You Have”

“Sell All You Have”

"When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor… Then come and follow me.”  (Luke 18:22)   Some time ago in a theology class I was told that a certain Peter Waldo had grossly and foolishly misinterpreted Luke 18:22 when around 1160 he up and sold all he had and started a nondescr

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