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

Reasons Why I Love the Sabbath (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #11)

Reasons Why I Love the Sabbath (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #11)

Growing up I only looked forward to Sabbath to see my friends. One of my fondest memories of the Sabbath when I was younger,was my seventh birthday. I was so facinated with the idea that not only was I turning seven, but that it was also the seventh day of the week.  Thankfully, I've grown to love the Sabbath for better reasons than that. As we get

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

A fond word in our so-called Post-modern age is “Relevance.” One way to understand this phenomenon is to see as one of its underlying tenets, that somehow what we already have is in a certain sense antiquated, or more benignly culturally inappropriate. With the advent of a highly technological society of smartphones, hybrid electric cars, touch scr

Rest from the Rat Race and Job Chase (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #10)

Rest from the Rat Race and Job Chase (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #10)

Tuesday morning was just getting started and I was already longing for Sabbath. No, I wasn’t having a stressful day at work, nor did feel a need to break from the hassle of a corporate job. It was worse than that. My mind had become a battle field in which faith was mightily fighting against despair, unbelief and discouragement. Seven months had pa

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Problematic Prayers As I was reading about the Prosperity Gospel[1] and how the Christian message is being distorted into an individualistic, selfish mantra for personal gain and growth, it occurred to me that this happens because of a misunderstanding of the Person and purposes of the Spirit of God, the mishandling of the Word of God, and/or a pra

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

On Monday, February 27, 2017, at Andrews University, Dr. Randall W. Younker, professor of Archaeology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, presented a lecture on the topic of “Archaeology, Women and the Early Church.”  Below is a summary of Younker's findings, which he plans to publish later in a series of articles. Initially inspired