Monday, February 24, 2014

Faith and reason

Scientists are not as secular as people think




(The Economist)  TO GREENS, men like John Shimkus—the chairman of a congressional body that oversees work to curb air, soil and water pollution—represent a special sort of bogeyman. Mr Shimkus, a Republican from rural Illinois, is not just staunchly pro-industry, anti-regulation and sceptical of claims that man’s activities menace the planet. He also brings his Bible to work. At a hearing on greenhouse gases, he opened it and quoted God’s words to Noah after the Flood. “Never again will I destroy all living creatures,” God promised. This, said Mr Shimkus, was “infallible” proof that neither man’s actions nor rising flood waters will destroy the Earth. So let’s not worry too much about global warming.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Discipling the Powerful│Lesson 9, February 22-28



Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 13:1-7, Mark 2:23-28, Matt. 8:5-13, 26:57-68, 27:11-14, Acts 4:1-12.

Memory Text: "The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith."  (Acts 6:7, NRSV)

• Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

David Asscherick Sermons


• Impact South Africa│Day 6 - Sabbath Sermon

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

January 2014 Session Papers│Theology of Ordination Study Committee


In January 2014 the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) met for the third time to determine a Biblical and Spirit of Prophecy-based approach to ordination. All 28 presentations from the meetings are now available here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Forks over Knives│documentary film



What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

With the Rich and Famous│Lesson 8, February 15-21



Read for This Week’s Study: Deut. 8:17-18; Gen. 13:5-6; John 3:1-15; Luke 19:1-10; Mark 4:18-19; Matt. 19:16-26.

Memory Text: "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10, NKJV).

• Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Bainum, businessman and avid supporter of Adventist Education dies


Stewart W. Bainum, founder of Choice Hotels International, the second-largest hotel chain in the world, died today at 94 following complications with pneumonia. But Bainum wasn’t known only for his business acumen. A member of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., Bainum was also known for his commitment to Seventh-day Adventist education.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Super Size Me│documentary film


Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald's food. 

The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.

All Labels │Adventist Report


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Heroin Nation│Documentary



Heroin Nation takes us inside the lives of seemingly normal Americans: the high school art teacher, a former cheerleader and an army veteran, and shows us how heroin has drastically altered their lives. The Heroin Nation also gives us an inside look at what local narcotics officers and DEA agents are doing to prevent the drug from entering American communities ...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Jesus and the Social Outcasts│Lesson 7, February 8-14



Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 21:28-32, John 8:1-11, Mark 5:1-20, John 4:5-32, Matt. 9:9-13.

Memory Text: "The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" (John 4:28-30, NKJV).

• Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

United Nations condemns Vatican child abuse cover-up

UN demands that all clergy known, or suspected to be, child abusers be removed from their posts immediately.

Usual Catholics by Hajo de Reijger 
The UN has rejected a Vatican argument that it cannot implement a children's rights convention beyond its walls, saying the church has "placed the reputation of the church and the protection of the perpetrators above children's interests." 

The Vatican was denounced on Wednesday by a UN human rights committee (Read the entire UN-CRC Report│pdf) for failing to prevent priests raping and molesting tens of thousands of children over decades and for adopting policies that allowed abuse to continue once detected. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Discipling the “Ordinary”│Lesson 6, February 1-7



Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 2:21-28; Matt. 15:32-39; Matt. 16:13-17; Luke 12:6-7; 13:1-5; James 2:1-9.

Memory Text: "Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, 'Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.' And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him." (Mark 1:16-18). 

• Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.