July 10, 2014
On Further Reflection
The article “Reflections on the TOSC Deliberations” by Mark Finley (June 19, 2014) seems to say that unity is more important than our theological differences. The issue is whether women’s ordination is God’s will or not. The General Conference should clarify God’s will based on the Bible, the Bible alone, not just vote on women’s ordination. . . .
Years ago when I was attending medical school, I encountered a problem of either attending classes on Saturday or quitting school. One of my professors asked, “What’s wrong with being trained on Saturday? After all, health professionals in hospitals work on Saturdays.” It sounded logical. Should we say this is theologically unimportant, and do whatever one feels like to doing? Or do we seek the will of God?
Should we just vote on women’s ordination, or settle the real issue? What is God’s will?
Praise for Spicer
Regarding “India’s Spicer College Granted University Status” (adventistreview.org/church-news/india%E2%80%99s-spicer-college-granted-university-status): Thank you for the good news! I praise God for the new dawn in the history of Spicer College. It is amazing that while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is pushing Nepal to be a Hindu state that outlaws Christianity, India has recognized Spicer Adventist University. It only shows the generosity of the Indian Constitution toward its minorities. I thank Justus Devedas, and all those who worked hard, for bringing Spicer into the limelight of education. . . .
I pray that Spicer Adventist University continues to provide education as its best.
More About Modesty
Thank you for publishing the article “Modesty: A Thing of the Past?” (June 12, 2014). The author, Laura Sámano, is to be commended for writing about such a controversial subject. Obviously, it is not just young women who dress provocatively. It is disheartening to see older women, who have been educated in our Christian schools, come to church dressed as teenagers.
We should all revisit the admonition regarding our influence on others. We have to remember that though times have changed, God has not and cannot change.
I was surprised and pleased to see the article “Modesty: A Thing of the Past?” Laura Sámano did an excellent job tackling a sensitive topic, one that is long overdue. The culture around us has invaded our churches in this important area of lifestyle. I hope those reading it will be stirred to re-evaluate their wardrobes and conduct.
Rising to the Challenge
Joseph Olstad’s cover article “God Is . . .” (May 15, 2014) gives excellent insights into a balanced understanding of God’s character. For too long we have indulged in either/or thinking about the identity of deity. Olstad helps us see both the helpfulness and the limitations of biblical metaphors.
He also provides us with a fine model for discussing in a respectful, irenic, Christian manner the topics on which we differ.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
The article “God Is . . .” was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have often had discussions with confused people who mix metaphors. But until I read this article I wasn’t able to identify the source of their confusion.
Some ignore the Old Testament because of their view of “that” God, but in most cases they have mixed metaphors. Thank you for a most enlightening article.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Music, Yesterday and Today
Stephen Chavez must really get around to observe the various worship services described in “The 11:00 Hour” (Apr. 10, 2014).
My comment is about the three services at the La Sierra University Church. Chris Oberg’s sermons are basically the same, but the music format is different. I think the music should be the same also. Why not have a blended-service of music? Older folk need to hear some contemporary songs, and younger folk need to hear the ageless hymns of the church.
The music in our hymnal has songs that have stood the test of time, and have kept our church alive through the years with relevant words and music. Music written today should be sung, and music 200 to 300 years old should also be sung.
You wouldn’t bury the Psalms; don’t bury the hymnal. A lot of mediocre music is being written today, and a few mediocre hymns are in our hymnal. We have to pick and choose. Music is a wonderful way to praise God!