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Download and read online If I Were the Devil in PDF and EPUB In some parts of the world it seems the Seventh-day Adventist Church is in danger of settling down into a social club. That is, unless it remembers its mission.With growing secularization, disorientation, and institutionalism, how can the church maintain its identity? How is the church to function considering it was founded on the belief that time is short-yet time keeps going on?Not just for church administrators and academics-this is a call to duty to all church members, a call to become a church alive with passion and purpose. Let these pages reinvigorate you with fresh thoughts about the Adventist mission and how to accomplish it. Because the world doesn't need another social club. It needs to hear God's message.
Download and read online The Cross of Christ in PDF and EPUB It is basic to the Christian understanding of theology, history, and every other field of knowledge. Indeed, it is an issue so vast and significant that few books even attempt to span the broad spectrum of topics it raises.
Download and read online Facing Doubt in PDF and EPUB My special target in this book is a segment of the Adventist Church that I will constantly refer to as 'believers on the margins.' I have written especially for those in our midst who have doubts and concerns, for those who wonder where their church is going, and who have trouble believing as they used to.
Download and read online God of Sense and Traditions of Non Sense in PDF and EPUB One hundred taxis lined up on Church Street in Oslo on November 26, 1942, deployed in order to round up the city's Jews and send them to Auschwitz. This reality anchors God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense: it is theology from a Holocaust perspective. The brash Elihu excoriating Job for his insistence that he is owed an explanation for the calamities that have befallen him. This is the book's opening salvo. Job speaking of a God of sense, Elihu and Job's three friends inaugurating a tradition of non-sense: this is the existential and theological predicament. The problem of finite suffering in this life addressed in the theological tradition with the prospect of infinite, endless suffering, in this book described as a key element in Traditions of Non-Sense. Back to the millions of Jews, among them 188 women and 42 children from Oslo, deported, gassed, and cremated--in God of Sense this is not seen as a problem that defeats belief, but as the reality that demands a religious and theological account of human existence.
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Download and read online Seventh Day Adventist I Don t Know About I Just Don t Know in PDF and EPUB "I love Iowa. And, look, I don't have to say it, I'm Presbyterian. Can you believe it? Nobody believes I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian. Boy, that's down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know" - Donald Trump.The Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA or Adventist) is now the fifth largest Christian denomination in the world. Yet it must be one of the most misunderstood. If Adventists aren't being confused with door-knocking bicycle missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) they are being mistaken for Baptists, Jews or some doomsday cult. It is also often said, quite wrongly, that Adventists refuse blood transfusions, a case of mistaken identity with Jehovah's Witnesses - a totally different denomination. Despite being the religion of 2016 US Presidential candidate Dr Ben Carson and Hacksaw Ridge war hero Desmond Doss, Adventism remains largely a mystery to many.Looking at and beyond the proof-texts, this book surveys the major historical and theological themes that underpin this very different brand of Christianity, with its emphasis on: Sabbath-keeping (Saturday worship), kosher food laws (no pork or shellfish), conditional immortality (subjective non-existence immediately after death), great controversy (cosmic war), free will (no Calvinistic predestination), contemporary spiritual gifts (including prophecy), and the critical importance of eschatology (end-time beliefs).As a government lawyer who also studied theology at an Anglican (Episcopalian) seminary, Ferguson attempts to unravel this case of mistaken identity. Embracing the insults and arguments of critics and turning them on their heads, he explains core Adventist beliefs in some non-traditional ways.
Download and read online Myths in Adventism in PDF and EPUB Was Ellen White as inflexible as some of her followers? Are the sacred and the secular two realms or one? How is ignorance related to godliness? Just how evil (or good) are human beings? Are big schools more effective than small ones? Was Ellen White really 100 years ahead on her time? George R. Knight examines these and many other provocative questions in this insightful book. Book jacket.
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Download and read online Inspiration in PDF and EPUB • Is the Bible historically accurate? • Are there any contradictions in the Bible? • If we look too closely at the Bible might we find things that will destroy our faith? • Should I be afraid that some new archaeological discovery will prove the Bible wrong? • How much freedom do I have to interpret the Bible? Combining history, Scripture, and an understanding of human nature, Dr. Thompson takes on the difficult questions regarding the Bible and inspiration. He goes beyond the question of whether you can trust the Bible to ask whether you can trust yourself as you study. This unique study of inspiration uses internal evidence from the Bible text, its history, collection, and transmission to look at the way in which God works through prophets and Bible writers. As an experiential lens, he uses the experience of the Seventh-day Adventist community, of which he is a part, and its reception and use of Ellen White as God’s messenger. This provides an example of someone who produced an incredible volume of written material in her lifetime, yet maintained a great humility and understood her own spiritual experience as one of growth. However, Inspiration: Hard Questions: Honest Answers is not just for Seventh-day Adventists. The lessons, drawn from the experience of one community, have wide applicability as we look at a range of views on biblical interpretation, experience, tradition, and contemporary claims of a prophetic word. All communities of faith would do well to ask the hard questions addressed in this book and to learn from the history and experience of others. Ultimately, the author is addressing a question that comes to all of us: What is God’s will and how can I know it? Can I be certain? To find the answers we need, Dr. Thompson reminds us “We cannot just know Scripture, we have to know God.” In this Second Revised Edition, you will find a new “bridge” chapter, designed to invite readers outside of the Adventist tradition to join in the conversation, as well as a number of minor updates, and a set of beautiful photographs and drawings inspired by scripture, prepared for this edition by Wanda Thompson. It is not enough to determine how the inspiration of scripture works as a theological tenet or a doctrinal point. Ultimately, for God’s Word in scripture to accomplish its mission, we must each be inspired by it as well.
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