Big-Picture Theology Thank you for publishing Lothar Wilhelm’s article “Big-Picture Theology” (April 2014). Way to go! This needed to be said, and Wilhelm was very articulate in doing so. I fully agree that Adventists should accept “the Bible alone” as “our rule for faith and life.” Jen H. Oregon, United States
Thank you for publishing Lothar Wilhelm’s article “Big-Picture Theology” (April 2014). Way to go! This needed to be said, and Wilhelm was very articulate in doing so. I fully agree that Adventists should accept “the Bible alone” as “our rule for faith and life.”
Oregon, United States
I’m writing in response to the health article “Moderation?” by Peter N. Landless and Allan R. Handysides (March 2014). Alcohol drinkers frequently point to Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine as justification for their indulgence. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Greek word for “wine” can mean both alcoholic wine and nonalcoholic grape juice. We can safely assume that Jesus would never give people a drink that would lower their inhibitions to the point of committing such sins as theft, adultery, and murder, things we know all too well happen with the consumption of alcohol.
Jesus turned the water into grape juice.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
An Urgent Prophetic Calling
Thank you for printing Ted N. C.
Wilson’s article “An Urgent Prophetic Calling” (February 2014). Wilson put into words what I have been trying to say! No one—neither my church nor my family—is listening, and I feel alone. I realize I must be the change I want to see, and I know being a leader sometimes means I may have to stand alone. I will follow where God leads and continue to be used as a mouthpiece.
Please pray for me. God bless!
There are two spelling mistakes in Tim Matsis’ article “The Fence” (January 2014). First, and most important, the word “imminence,” which means nearness, in time terms, of occurrence, should read “immanence,” which in Christian usage (at least, mainstream Christianity: see Reader’s Digest Word Power Dictionary) signifies God being present throughout His creation. The Christian concept of God has always seen Him as both transcendent (above, beyond, distinct from His creation, not to be identified with it) and immanent.
The other error is the spelling of Matsis’ hometown: it should be Invercargill, not Invergargill!
Reverence and respect in the worship of God? Yes! Too much so-called contemporary worship is more like a pop concert with a veneer of religiosity. If Roman Catholics, High Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox go too far in the other direction, it is at least well meant. Herein lies a possible danger: quite a few of those raised Seventh-day Adventist will desert to groups where a higher standard of behavior in church is the norm.
Fishermead, Milton Keynes, England
You’re right, twice! We apologize for introducing these errors, which changed its meaning, into this devotional.—Editors.
95 Years Ago—and Today
Thank you for your feature on our institutional anniversary (“95 Years Ago,” Idea Exchange, April 2014). It was a pleasant surprise to be
The last paragraph reads: “Today the Union Adventist Educational Complex (Complejo Educativo Adventista Unión) has three campuses, including a campus in Ñaña that includes Peruvian Union University and Peruvian Union Academy.” The Union Adventist Educational Complex (Complejo Educativo Adventista Unión) no longer exists, and does not have three campuses that include the university and the academy. It has grown into Peruvian Union University, which has three university campuses one of which is in Ñaña, Lima, Perú. On the campus of Peruvian Union University (Universidad Peruana Unión) is the university school named “Union School”
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Too much so-called contemporary worship is more like a pop concert with a veneer of religiosity.
—Barry Gowland, Fishermead,
Milton Keynes, England