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The Mission Of The Remnant: To Reveal And Proclaim The Glory Of God, Lester P. Merklin Jr. Dec 2014

The Mission Of The Remnant: To Reveal And Proclaim The Glory Of God, Lester P. Merklin Jr.

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This article will interpret the concept of “God’s glory,“ survey briefly the importance the Bible gives to the mission of proclaiming God’s glory, and deal with the practical questions of how our ministry and mission can reflect the mission of the remnant, to “give glory to God.”


The Forgotten Movement: Church Planting Trends And Lessons (Part 2 Of 2), S. Joseph Kidder, Dustin Serns Dec 2014

The Forgotten Movement: Church Planting Trends And Lessons (Part 2 Of 2), S. Joseph Kidder, Dustin Serns

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Church planting is a challenging enterprise. Realistic expectations are essential, and adequate support systems and coaching are helpful. Our research revealed that those who commit to church planting encounter significant obstacles. Based on data and interviews from the top four conferences in church planting over the last decade in North America, part two of this article will address three common obstacles to church planting and show how God transforms them into amazing opportunities.


The Word, The Spirit Of Prophecy, And Mutual Love: Lessons From The 'Daily' Controversy For Conflict Resolution, Denis Kaiser Dec 2014

The Word, The Spirit Of Prophecy, And Mutual Love: Lessons From The 'Daily' Controversy For Conflict Resolution, Denis Kaiser

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No abstract provided.


Mormonism In Europe: A Bibliographic Essay, J. Michael Hunter Nov 2014

Mormonism In Europe: A Bibliographic Essay, J. Michael Hunter

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“Mormonism in Europe: A Bibliographic Essay,” surveys studies useful to serious students and researchers interested in Mormonism in Europe. It focuses on scholarly books, articles, theses, and dissertations published prior to 2010 about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Europe. Out of necessity it is selective. Works of a more popular nature are included only when they contain information valuable to researchers not found in other publications. The studies listed herein are generally categorized by region and country and fall in a somewhat chronological order by topic within those geographic regions.


The Living Earth: A Nineteenth-Century Latter-Day Saint Perspective, J. Michael Hunter Nov 2014

The Living Earth: A Nineteenth-Century Latter-Day Saint Perspective, J. Michael Hunter

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By studying the worldview of Mormons living in the nineteenth century, we can better understand their interpretation of nature and their relationship to it. For Mormons of that era, the earth was alive and deeply affected by the attitudes and actions of the humans living upon it. Nineteenth-century Latter-day Saints spoke frequently of the earth, its nature, and its relationship to humanity. They referred to the earth in anthropomorphic terms. It was a living orb endowed with intelligence and feelings. The earth’s life paralleled that of the humans who lived on it. So entwined were the lives of the ...


“Much Dispute And Wonderful Contentions”: Modern First Amendment Values In The Book Of Mormon, Edward L. Carter Oct 2014

“Much Dispute And Wonderful Contentions”: Modern First Amendment Values In The Book Of Mormon, Edward L. Carter

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The First Amendment’s free speech clause, like the religious exercise clause, is profoundly counter-majoritarian. So the fact that a religious point of view is unpopular or out of step with a majority of society is not justification to suppress its expression. Rather, the unpopularity of religious views is the very reason why religious expression should be protected from government or private censorship. Free speech, including religious expression, strengthens and stabilizes society, enables the search for truth, provides a check on government power, facilitates self-governance and fosters autonomy. The Book of Mormon teaches Mormons to respect the contributions of free ...


The Forgotten Movement: Church Planting Trends And Lessons (Part 1 Of 2), S. Joseph Kidder, Dustin Serns Oct 2014

The Forgotten Movement: Church Planting Trends And Lessons (Part 1 Of 2), S. Joseph Kidder, Dustin Serns

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At the inception of the Advent movement, believers united to advance the cause of the gospel by entering new territory and starting new congregations. The Seventh-day Adventist Church experienced explosive growth, launching a movement that spread and continues to advance across the world. Today, 150 years later, the time has come to ask, How are we doing with raising up new congregations to finish the harvest in North America? To answer this question, we decided to look at statistics of the last century about church planting. We hope that the findings from this study will benefit the global church.


Diagnose Pastoral: Como Identificar E Curar Males Que Impedem O Crescimento De Sua Igreja, Ricardo Norton Oct 2014

Diagnose Pastoral: Como Identificar E Curar Males Que Impedem O Crescimento De Sua Igreja, Ricardo Norton

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No abstract provided.


The Beginnings Of The Church In Peru: A Personal History, Frederick G. Williams Sep 2014

The Beginnings Of The Church In Peru: A Personal History, Frederick G. Williams

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This presentation describes growth of the LDS Church in Peru.


O Pastor E Sua Vocação, Skip Bell Sep 2014

O Pastor E Sua Vocação, Skip Bell

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Teólogo reflete sobre o fundamento bíblico para a origem e o desenvolvimento do chamado pastoral


Witnessing In The Czech Republic: Not "Business As Usual", Petr A. Činčala Sep 2014

Witnessing In The Czech Republic: Not "Business As Usual", Petr A. Činčala

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No abstract provided.


Book Review Of New Perspectives In Mormon Studies: Creating And Crossing Boundaries, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2014

Book Review Of New Perspectives In Mormon Studies: Creating And Crossing Boundaries, Nathan B. Oman

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No abstract provided.


Ethics, Transparency And Accountability, Annetta M. Gibson Aug 2014

Ethics, Transparency And Accountability, Annetta M. Gibson

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Inter-American Division Seminary, August 5, 2014


Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength, Karl G. D. Bailey Aug 2014

Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength, Karl G. D. Bailey

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No abstract provided.


Focus On Children's Ministry, S. Joseph Kidder Aug 2014

Focus On Children's Ministry, S. Joseph Kidder

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In researching growing Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America we discovered that the common denominator among these churches is their focus on children’s ministries. In the past, parents brought their children to the church and the Lord. Today, children bring their parents and friends to the church if they enjoy their experience there.


Love Your Enemy? Reflections At The Centenary Of World War I, Denis Kaiser Aug 2014

Love Your Enemy? Reflections At The Centenary Of World War I, Denis Kaiser

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No abstract provided.


Getting Into The Meat Of The Word Of Wisdom, A. Jane Birch Jul 2014

Getting Into The Meat Of The Word Of Wisdom, A. Jane Birch

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Doctrine & Covenants Section 89 is known as the "health code" for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In verse 13 of this scripture, the Lord states, “it is pleasing unto me that they [flesh of beasts and fowls of the air] should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine” (D&C 89:13). Judging from the variety of interpretations this single verse has inspired, it would appear to be deeply enigmatic. Interestingly, most interpretations have been put forward with little supporting evidence. This article is the first comprehensive analysis of ...


"Were You There?" (John 18-19): Telling The Story Of Jesus' Trial--And Ours, Craig R. Koester Jul 2014

"Were You There?" (John 18-19): Telling The Story Of Jesus' Trial--And Ours, Craig R. Koester

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The scenes leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion are an essential and yet troubling part of the Christian story. Focusing on the major characters provides a way to tell the story in ways that engage modern listeners and allow the gospel to be heard. In the end, it is God’s story of self-giving love that brings redemption out of tragedy.


Does The Bible Have A Big Story? Well, Only If We Don't Know The End!, David E. Fredrickson Jul 2014

Does The Bible Have A Big Story? Well, Only If We Don't Know The End!, David E. Fredrickson

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No abstract provided.


Does The Bible Have A Big Story? Yes, For The Sake Of Mission!, Alan G. Padgett Jul 2014

Does The Bible Have A Big Story? Yes, For The Sake Of Mission!, Alan G. Padgett

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No abstract provided.


A Theology Of Ordination: An Integration Of Bible And Ellen G. White’S Writings, P. Gerard Damsteegt Jul 2014

A Theology Of Ordination: An Integration Of Bible And Ellen G. White’S Writings, P. Gerard Damsteegt

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A theology of ordination should begin with investigating what is God’s testimony about ordination in the Scriptures. In this study, insights into the Old and New Testament history from the writings of Ellen G. White will be referred to whenever they shed light on the biblical passages and their relevance for today. In addition, the study has tried to investigate how ordination is connected to the truth as it is in Jesus, the Head of the church. Ordination and its authority will also be related to Jesus’ model of leadership in the church. The biblical examples of appointment, consecration ...


Ecclesiastical Deadlock: James White Solves A Problem That Had No Answer, George R. Knight Jul 2014

Ecclesiastical Deadlock: James White Solves A Problem That Had No Answer, George R. Knight

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Church organization was one of the hardest fought battles in Adventism’s early decades. Extending nearly 20 years, the struggle not only eventuated in aspects of church order not suggested in Scripture but provided a key hermeneutical principle for deciding other topics not made explicit in the Bible. In the process, James White, and many others, experienced a hermeneutical metamorphosis, a necessary transformation that allowed Seventh-day Adventism to develop into a worldwide force.


Book Review Of Baptismal Imagery In Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, And Theological Dimensions, Robin M. Jensen, Denis Fortin Jun 2014

Book Review Of Baptismal Imagery In Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, And Theological Dimensions, Robin M. Jensen, Denis Fortin

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No abstract provided.


Questioning The Comma In Verse 13 Of The Word Of Wisdom, A. Jane Birch May 2014

Questioning The Comma In Verse 13 Of The Word Of Wisdom, A. Jane Birch

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The 1921 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants included an additional comma, which was inserted after the word “used” in D&C 89:13: “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.” Later authors have speculated that the addition of the comma was a mistake that fundamentally changed the meaning of the verse. This article examines this “errant comma theory” and demonstrates why this particular interpretation of D&C 89:13 is without merit.


Love And Judgment: God's Triumph -- Part 2, Jo Ann Davidson May 2014

Love And Judgment: God's Triumph -- Part 2, Jo Ann Davidson

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The judgment message has two complementary aspects: God’s justice against sin on the one hand, and on the other, the extension of God’s blessing to all nations along with the vindication of His love, justice, and mercy. The Scriptures clearly emphasize God’s loathing of evil, linked with the certainty of divine punishment and mercy. The Bible also reminds us that sin produces deadly guilt, and it is this guilt that often causes our blindness to God’s goodness.


Time, History, And Providence In The Philosophy Of Nicholas Of Cusa, Jason Aleksander May 2014

Time, History, And Providence In The Philosophy Of Nicholas Of Cusa, Jason Aleksander

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Although Nicholas of Cusa occasionally discussed how the universe must be understood as the unfolding of the absolutely infinite in time, he left open questions about any distinction between natural time and historical time, how either notion of time might depend upon the nature of divine providence, and how his understanding of divine providence relates to other traditional philosophical views. From texts in which Cusanus discussed these questions, this paper will attempt to make explicit how Cusanus understood divine providence. The paper will also discuss how Nicholas of Cusa’s view of the question of providence might shed light on ...


Isidorian Influences In Ælfric's Preface To Genesis, Brandon W. Hawk May 2014

Isidorian Influences In Ælfric's Preface To Genesis, Brandon W. Hawk

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In this article, I propose Isidore of Seville’s Etymologiae as a source for three passages in Ælfric’s Preface to Genesis. With these source identifications established, I further develop the argument to claim that Isidorian techniques are a key influence on Ælfric’s assumptions about biblical language, translation, and interpretation as reflected in the Preface. Such assumptions, in fact, inform the vernacular pedagogical project at the heart of the Preface as an introduction to his translation of Genesis into Old English.


From Acorn To Oak Tree: The Beginnings Of The Remarkable Growth Of The Church In Brazil, Frederick G. Williams Apr 2014

From Acorn To Oak Tree: The Beginnings Of The Remarkable Growth Of The Church In Brazil, Frederick G. Williams

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This presentation talks about the beginnings of LDS Church growth in Brazil.


The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus And The Elca In Dispute: A Time For Humble Listening, Kathryn M. Schifferdecker Apr 2014

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus And The Elca In Dispute: A Time For Humble Listening, Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

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No abstract provided.


The Story We Find Ourselves In: Nurturing Christian Identity In A Consumer Culture, Terri L. Elton Apr 2014

The Story We Find Ourselves In: Nurturing Christian Identity In A Consumer Culture, Terri L. Elton

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Consumerism has become society’s prevailing story, the story in which young people cultivate their identity. If ministry leaders are to help young people nurture their identity as children of God and help them discover a faith that speaks into the current culture, it will be important to help them shift from viewing themselves as objects within a consumer society to seeing themselves as subjects and agents of God’s love.