RIP Gwen Ashley

I was really shocked to read in the AUC alumni magazine that came in today’s mail that a good friend, Gwen Ashley, had died back in April. In these days of instantaneous communication, you wonder how something like this still happens. She had been a secretary at the Atlantic Union Conference and then was the…

Woodrow Whidden on Ellen White’s Christology

Woodrow W. Whidden II, Ellen White on the Humanity of Christ: A Chronological Study. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1997. In this volume Woodrow Whidden summarizes chronologically Ellen White’s thoughts on the human nature of Christ. The background to this study is that this became a controversial subject in Adventist teaching in the 1950s, when…

George Knight on the “1888 Messsage”

George R. Knight, A User-Friendly Guide to the 1888 Message (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1998). My personal introduction to the “1888 Message” came when, as a junior at Broadview Academy in 1977, I came across some issues of The Layworker in the library, and saw an advertisement for a set of free tapes by…

George Knight, Millennial Fever

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m heading up to Walla Walla, WA, Sunday morning to take a week long intensive course on “The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology” with George Knight. He had us to a lot of reading in advance (some of it in his own books), and I thought I’d post some of my…

The Founding Fathers on Property Rights

“Suppose a nation, rich and poor, high and low, ten millions in number, all assembled together; not more than one or two millions will have lands, houses, or any personal property; if we take into the account the women and children, or even if we leave them out of the question, a great majority of…

Free Speech Denied

Pro-life students have been arrested and jailed at the College of Alameda in California for exercising their right to free speech. This college earlier threatened to expel two students for praying with a faculty member.

The Right to Privacy

The Democratic Party is always talking about a “right to privacy.” But they don’t give it to Joe the Plumber or Bill Sali. No wonder they haven’t been complaining about Bush’s forays into this field–they reserve the right to revise and extend.

Religious Oppression in Russia

Russia Moves to Liquidate Fifty-Six Religious Groups. On October 15 the Russian Ministry of Justice took steps to begin liquidating 56 non-Russian Orthodox religious organizations.  The groups face dissolution, Russian news sources reported, because they failed to file required annual reports on their activities. Those targeted include a range of non-Russian Orthodox organizations and churches…

Justification by Faith Re-Examined

This Friday, October 31, is Reformation Day, the anniversary of the day back in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses on Indulgences.” Justification by faith alone, the hallmark of the movement, wasn’t just one doctrine among many, but was for Luther the “chief article” which must critique all that the church says or…

Build a Lamborghini in Your Basement

Ken Imhoff of Wisconsin did just that. And then had to excavate through the yard and knock out the basement wall to get it out. But he knew going into the project that it would come to that. He just couldn’t see working on the car in the unheated garage during Wisconsin winters.

Prayer in Georgia

Federal appeals court in Atlanta says Cobb County, GA, can continue to invite members of different religious faiths to offer prayer before commission meetings, praying as their own faith dictates, be they Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or any other faith. Americans United objects, and demands that those offering prayers be muzzled and made to pray only…

Another Look at Newman on Development

One of the key books that I read on my journey to Catholicism was John Henry Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. I was first introduced to it when I was a graduate student in church history at Loma Linda University; Paul Landa had me read it for a course on the History…

MSNBC–Too Liberal even for Liberals

At a lunch meeting sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, even Democratic media people drubbed MSNBC as by far the most partisan news outlet. The cable news channel is “completely out of control,” said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat. … Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC…

Bishop Martino of Scranton

Bishop Joseph Martino crashed a political forum at a church in his diocese, and gave them a piece of his mind.  The main issue was the Catholic approach to abortion, and there were a number of panelists. What got his goat was that they passed out and discussed the USCCB document on “Faithful Citizenship,” but…

Chutzpah

Chutzpah (KHʊt’ spə): Utter nerve; effrontery. Pope Benedict XVI had the chutzpah to claim that “the distinction between religion and politics is a specific achievement of Christianity and one of its fundamental historical and cultural contributions.” I think David Gibson at the Catholic blog, dotCommonweal, is on to something when he says, “this statement seems…

Teresa Beem on “Journeys Home”

The Journey Home is a program on the independent Catholic network, EWTN, featuring stories of converts to Catholicism. It is hosted by Marcus Grodi, a former Presbyterian minister, who is the director of the Coming Home Network, an independent Catholic ministry to support converts, particularly clergy. I was one of the first CHN members; it…

Trick or Treat

In 1994 I took a trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the Americas … Guatemala. I had never seen a volcano, before, but flying into Guatemala city I saw a whole line of them sticking up above the clouds like islands. It was Semana Santa, Holy Week, and the streets of the…