The following are sermons:
HAYSTACKS #1: Hope
This morning we begin a series called HAYSTACKS. Because, obviously, the world needs yet another acronym.
Most North American Adventists are familiar with an entree we call "haystacks." It is a layered dish. There are usually corn chips at the bottom, then beans, rice, lettuce, salsa and more on top. Haystacks can be prepared healthfully, and are commonly seen at social gatherings. You won't find the term "haystacks" in a list of doctrines or a Bible study. But we will use the word in coming weeks as a means of shorthanding Adventism into nine topics. The first letter in Haystacks is "H," and today we start with the first of these aspects, which is "Hope."Read more...
America in Bible Prophecy, part 2
4. What does it mean for the second beast to exercise all the authority of the first?
The first beast blasphemed God and persecuted His people. The second beast does the same, and he does it in the presence of the first beast. That is, the first beast's deadly wound is healed; the first beast exists again. But the second beast is, in this time period, his agent. These two beasts are working in tandem. Both are given space to exercise the coercive intent that is at the core of what they are. That is why we spent some serious time in the previous presentation looking not so much at the future but the history of the second beast. We have had this vision very positive picture of America and what it stands for that was imprinted on us from kindergarten on up. But while America was remarkable in its beginnings and fitly represented as lamblike, if you were here last week you will understand that today things are very different. Today, already several different versions of America have come and gone. By my count, we are in America 8.0 right now. The trend is toward the dragon.
But when we left off we were just coming to one of the most interesting parts: the lamb/dragon beast causing fire to come down out of heaven. Let's work on that question right now.Read more...
Believe His Prophets (2013)
Very recently, we invested several weeks walking line-by-line through the moving story of Ruth. Today we turn to other urgent ideas. These are of such moment that, if we receive them, they change our whole approach to what we believe. Where you start very largely determines where you end.Read more...