October 2014 - Archives

My Thoughts on the Present Conversation Regarding the Ordination of Women

October 24, 2014 | David Asscherick

I am admittedly surprised to hear over and over again that the current conversation and study the Seventh-day Adventist Church is having regarding the theology of ordination, generally, and of the ordination of women to pastoral ministry, specifically, is a “distraction” or even a “deception” of the enemy.

Prayerful Bible study in the context of a respectful, if vigorous, dialogue is a good thing. A very good thing. It should be affirmed in the strongest possible language.

I am disappointed to see that many of those with the strongest and most strident opinions about this subject are often not in possession of the basic facts surrounding the current study and dialogue.

Though this may sound hard to believe, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has never really had a properly articulated and systematized theology of ordination. Though formed all the way back in 1863, it wasn’t until 2013/14, with the convening of TOSC (Theology of Ordination Study Committee) , that the church formally and officially addressed the subject of the theology of ordination (I encourage you to go there, read up, and poke around …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers

Mission Critical

Mission Critical

October 3, 2014 | Fred Bischoff

It struck me like never before. It was the first two talks at Light Bearers Convocation this past July. The first by Ty, was titled, “ One Subject Will Prevail ,” adapted from this quote from 1890: “One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other—Christ our righteousness” (Review and Herald, December 23, 1890). What a glorious and positive prediction! But Ty’s presentation focused on another part of the article that was anything but positive. He even apologized for it because the article started with the words, “The Lord has seen our backslidings, and He has a controversy with His people.” Ouch! With that, Ty painfully laid out our history.

But this is Mission Update . Does Light Bearers’ mission include shining a light on the failures of the past? That brings us to the second talk, by David, titled, “ The Righteousness of God .” I will summarize it in three sentences: God made a covenant with the human race. He was faithful to that covenant (thus His righteousness), and humans were unfaithful, especially the descendants of …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

The Bowels, Pt 2

The Bowels, Part 2

October 1, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Linguistically, the term bowel has been used to express the inner workings, the depths of man emotionally as well as physically. It is where input is broken down, digested, absorbed, sorted, reacted to, and transformed into us.

Interestingly enough, while seeking to better understand the connection between the bowels of our gut and the bowels of our mind I found an indisputable link that has been termed the

Microbiota Gut Brain Axis (MGB axis). Let’s break that term down.

Inhabiting our gut are billions of microorganisms. In fact, there are more of them than there are of us, cellularly speaking. The sheer quantity of microorganisms inhabiting the human body is enormous. Within a single sample can be found more than 1000 different species. This population is the microbiota, our microbiome.

An axis is typically thought of as a line on which significance hinges. It can be a line of direction, motion, growth, a point or continuum on which something centers. As we will see, this line of direction is a …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers