Reader Response

Sports and Priorities

The article “Super Bowl Sabbath” by Ray Hartwell (Apr. 17, 2014) made some good points about getting our priorities straight.

But why should this even be an issue? Why do professed Adventists worship at the altar of sports to begin with? If our highest priority is the kingdom of God, why would we waste our time watching highly paid, spoiled athletes? And why should we care who wins or loses?

In the context of eternity sports is really quite irrelevant. And, lest anyone misunderstand, I used to worship that idol, so I know how caught up one can be with it all. But it is all chaff.

­— Walter Sumner
Canaan, Maine

An Hour a Week

Stephen Chavez is, and has been, my editorial hero. He made my day twice when reading “He is Risen!” and “The 11:00 Hour” (Apr. 10, 2014).

Chavez reflected his Christ-like character, as well as his ability to write simply and elegantly about important ideas. In “He is Risen” he described “the sum and substance of Christianity” in half a page. In “The 11:00 Hour” he spoke for all of us parishioners confronted by traditional, time worn Sabbath services, and provided tested ideas about how they might be improved.

­— Andy Hanson
Chico, California

A comment about church worship: From the beginning written “Bibles” were few and hard to come by. “Preaching” was about the only way a person could “hear” the salvation plan of God. But as of the 1900s, Bibles have become so numerous, and access to the plan of salvation so available, maybe it is time to totally rethink our church services. Instead of trying to compete with worldly entertainment, maybe it is time to return to primitive Christianity.

How about removing pews and putting in tables? Instead of preaching “at,” how about “facilitating” the needs of the people. Gathering to share their needs, concerns, and sharing with all who can then study and input their wisdom and help. Maybe the Spirit of God will be able to move upon all people for the perfection of the church.

­— Ronald Issler
Lucerne Valley, California

A Wonderful Demonstration

After reading “At the Feet of His Disciples” by Richard Sabuin (Apr. 10, 2014), I was reminded of the time in the late 70’s. After attending church a time or two and with no understanding of the Word, or anything the church would teach me in matters of truth, I was told during my second visit we would be having communion. A former Catholic, I knew it would be different when we were told before the bread and wine we would be washing one another’s feet. My immediate thought was: How wonderful!

When we think about Jesus washing His disciples’feet for the first time, and that no one offered to wash His feet, and that Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40), the one I serve becomes a representative of my Savior. Can anything be more wonderful?

­— Robert Rouillard
Lakewood, Washington

The Rest of the Story

With the deepest interest I read “Through the Fire” byLuz Alva Arauzo(Mar. 20, 2014).It reminds me of the text: “Do not be afraid. . . . Surely the lord has done great things” (Joel 2:21).

However, Arauzo did not mention when this happened. Is it possible to know the date of this experience?

­— M. D. Cools
Via E-mail

Commitment to Christ

Darius Jankiewicz’ article “Serving Like Jesus” (Mar. 13, 2014) about biblical authority in the church according to the teaching and practice of Jesus is so appropriate for a present-day church organization that considers itself made up of “people of the Book.” As a conclusion to the New Testament Bible passages cited, Jankiewicz correctly concludes that it is commitment to Christ and His church, spiritual gifting, and maturity that determines fitness for various functions in the church.

The Adventist Church has officially taught, but not always implemented this principle as also articulated in the 1996 Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia: “The doctrine of spiritual gifts (as taught in Rom. 12:4–8; 1 Cor. 12:1–28; Eph. 4:8, 11–16; Acts 6:1–7; 1 Peter 4:10, 11) teaches that God gives gifts for service to all without respect to race or gender. Included among those gifts are those of evangelist, prophet, teacher, and pastor.”

­— Ray Hartwell
Reading, Pennsylvania

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