Along Came a Spider, Part 2

October 14, 2017 / Seth Pierce

Well, after our bake sale break last month, it is time to pick up where we left off in discussing the proliferation of false teachers running around the world and how it is they continue to be successful even among the smartest believers.

Breaking Bob: The $50,000 Bake Sale

October 08, 2017 / Seth Pierce

During my family vacation in California this summer, I received a text from my associate pastor informing me Bob, an outstanding long-time member of our church, wanted to have a bake sale the first day of school. Admittedly, I was reluctant, and, after some thought, I concurred with my team that we should look for a better day. This was not due to any philosophical issues with a bake sale. After all, who in their right mind is really going to object to the promotion and proliferation of pastries? It was simply a logistical difference.

Good News About Hell

October 02, 2017 / Martin Weber

What’s happening with the Seventh-day Adventist Church? Members worldwide are worried about this month’s Annual Council, where global representatives will debate what should happen to elected leaders and their constituencies who are “out of compliance” with church policy on women’s ordination.

Along Came a Spider, Part 1

September 26, 2017 / Seth Pierce

Shortly after Angela, Madeline and I moved to Omaha, we experienced a season of horror in our new house. The otherwise pleasant parsonage housing our new little pastoral family took a turn for the worse one morning when I came down the basement stairs. A wolf spider the size of my hand sat there in the middle of the floor, staring at me with its multiple shiny orbs, waiting for me to make the first move.

“Honey!”

“Yes?”

“Take the baby outside.”

"Why?”

“I need to burn the house down.”

Is the Church Going Through?

September 26, 2017 / Martin Weber

"No matter what, the Seventh‑day Adventist Church is going straight through to the kingdom," a veteran leader declared. "Even if the General Conference president and I are the only ones left in the church, I'm staying with the ship."

Amen? First let us pause and consider: What is God’s "ship" of salvation? Is it having our names recorded on the books of the Adventist Church? Or is it the gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of Bible truth for these last days?

A Church Bully Transformed

September 26, 2017 / Martin Weber

America is at war — not just with ISIS but with itself. Civility vaporized during last year’s presidential campaign, and since then our nation has become even nastier. Campuses are convulsed with hate disguised as tolerance. Politics is polarizing friends and even families. What an opportunity for the church to shine the light of Jesus throughout this dark world.

The Only Lasting Legacy

August 04, 2017 / Seth Pierce

The All Saints Church, in the perfectly named English village of Aldwincle, dates back to the 1300s and was the site of countless weddings, funeral, baptisms and baby dedications. By the 20th century, however, the local parish could no longer sustain the beautiful structure, due to shrinking population and the presence of another church building. After 100 years of “disuse” it was declared “redundant” in 1976. It was then taken over by the Churches Conservation Trust, and a couple days ago I spent the night in it all by myself.

Defending the Faith

July 11, 2017 / Seth Pierce

This summer I have the burden of traveling to Oxford University for my doctoral residency to study the writings of C.S. Lewis. I realize that many of you will feel immediate sympathy for me as I wander the ancient streets of London, peruse ancient manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, and enjoy meals where Lewis and The Inklings (which included J.R.R. Tolkien) gathered.

An Autopsy of Our Death

July 11, 2017 / Martin Weber

Death is the only certainty of life in this world. Yet death is a defeated enemy. In almost taunting words, Scripture declares, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” and “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:55, 57).

Let’s do an autopsy of death and see how it met its demise through the victorious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Life Markers

June 24, 2017 / Seth Pierce

At the time of this column I am wrapping up my second year of Ph.D. studies (and, no, I am not almost done). This semester’s final torture came in the way of a qualitative study involving conversion narratives. Our class interviewed 36 people about their conversion looking at common themes and questions asked during their process. While I will spare you the technical details — since they are reserved for an academic conference this fall — one common trait stuck out and has given me cause for reflection both as a pastor and a believer.

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