September 2012 - Archives

Teetering On The Edge

September 29, 2012 | Ty Gibson

Here’s some raw data that ought to blow your mind, make you want to cry, and arouse your suspicions all at once:

“According to the UN Environment Program, the earth is in the midst of a mass extinction of life. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.”1

“If current levels [of destruction] go on we will reach a tipping point very soon. The future of the planet now depends on governments taking action in the next few years,”1 says Ahmed Djoghlaf, secretary-general of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

As many as 200 species will go extinct today, and the next, and the next! The count for every week exceeds 1000. For the month, 4000.

Forever gone!

THE THRESHOLD OF LETHALITY

In his thought-provoking book, Hurtling Toward Oblivion, Dr. Richard Swenson sounds an alarm:

“The world is spinning out of control and approaching the threshold of lethality—a point where life as we know it can no longer continue . . . …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Hidden Things, That I Don’t Know

September 27, 2012 | Paulo Torres

I distinctively remember my General Relativity classes.

Every one of them was a joyful experience, and yet I often came home frustrated because I hadn’t understood a particular equation, mathematical reasoning or structure that day. Even so, the feeling of anticipation was nearly overwhelming. A great and beautiful mystery was increasingly within my grasp, if only I could reach out beyond what felt like a mental fog clouding my understanding.

This was not just any mystery. General Relativity is a theory of space-time. It describes the very “stuff” which surrounds us, the reality we are probably a part of.

According to this theory, mass and energy curve the very fabric of reality1. Straight lines are bent, and are renamed as geodesics. In the absence of any external force, objects simply follow these geodesics2. Physicist John Wheeler put it well when he said, “Matter tells space how to curve, and space tells matter how to move.” So, for instance, the trajectory Earth follows around the sun is actually a geodesic––an otherwise …
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Paulo Torres

Research Physicist

Keep Your Sacrifices, Give Me Justice

September 24, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

What we’ve covered so far: In Part 1 , many of the attacks against the Old Testament have overlooked the fact that the Old Testament is the most beautiful expression of justice in all of antiquity. According to Jesus, a responsible reading of the Old Testament would produce people who are sensitive to the hurts and needs of others and are committed to making society a better place. In Part 2 , God is a God of justice, it’s a reflection of His character. Darwinism does not provide the necessary grounds for equal rights and justice, we need Genesis for that. To disregard the Old Testament teaching of humanity while maintaining a belief in equal human rights is a contradiction. In Part 3 , the Hebrews are the first people in recorded history to provide a vision for the purpose and value of humanity. That vision had massive implications for social justice. That vision with its implications continues to challenge modern …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Look Mom! I’m A Televangelist!

Look Mom! I’m a Televangelist!

September 21, 2012 | David Asscherick

Quick: what do Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard, and Jimmy Swaggart all have in common?

Answer: they’ve all made my life harder.

At various times, and in various ways, they all succeeded in sullying my profession, my faith, and, worst of all, my Savior. (He’s their Savior too, of course!)

They can’t help it that people are largely unthinking and gullible, sure, but they certainly could’ve stayed in bed with the right person (among other things).

For better or for worse (and usually for worse), television has a way of legitimizing things, including, and especially, people. Something about seeing a person on a screen makes them seem credible or desirable, or both. For my part, I’ve not only observed this phenomenon, I’ve lived it. Sure, not in an Oprah or Larry King kind of way, but in a real way nonetheless.

I’ve been recognized in restaurants and on airplanes. I’ve been asked for autographs. I get “fan” mail and “hate” mail. It’s all quite awkward, really, and I can trace much …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

What Is ARISE Trying To Accomplish - David Asscherick

What is ARISE Trying to Accomplish?

September 17, 2012 | David Asscherick

Someone told me that someone had a friend who was told by someone else that, “ARISE Bibleworkers don’t get results.” Sure, a rumor is a rumor, but the alleged statement does actually raise an important question, one that I’ve been asking for more than a decade: What is ARISE trying to accomplish? 

The answer starts with a little history.

ARISE began in 2002 when Pastor Nathan Renner and myself partnered with the Michigan Conference and the Troy Seventh-day Adventist church to start “an evangelism school.” Our first class had 28 students who attended the 16-week program. We did our best, but I do cringe a bit when I think of some of the things we said and did in that inaugural session. Compared to the quality of ARISE’s current programs, in both content and presentation, those early sessions aren’t even in the same league. We did our best, yes, but our best has gotten better. This is to be expected.

Going back further still, in 1997, as fresh-faced converts, Nathan and I both …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

A Lesson From 9.11

A Lesson From 9.11

September 11, 2012 | Brandon Schroeder

Every generation has a day that’s seared into their collective memory: December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven crew members.

And then there’s September 11, 2001. On that infamous day 19 hijackers killed nearly 3000 people when they flew planes into New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

This morning, predictably and appropriately, Facebook is buzzing with status updates about September 11, 2001. Photos of flags, firefighters and the iconic silhouettes of the World Trade Center fill my news feed.  Millions are reflecting on where they were and what they were doing when they first heard that unbelievable news.

Eleven years ago today, the world was changed.

Let me rephrase that:

Eleven years ago today, 19 men changed the world.

A small handful of men.

Not a whole army.

They were but a few individuals who believed in a terrible and cruel cause.

Now, …
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Brandon Schroeder

Webmaster
Light Bearers

Now Available: 4th Quarter Sabbath School Commentaries by David Asscherick & Ty Gibson

September 11, 2012 | Light Bearers

The final Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly for 2012 was a great one indeed:  Growing in Christ . What could be more important than that? Nothing! The Quarterly Lesson took a look at several distinctive doctrines of Scripture against the backdrop of the Great Controversy theme. The emphasis was on personal growth and transformation in light of the troublesome and important times in which we’re living. Ty and David, like always, had a blast recording their audio commentary while sequestered away in Light Bearers’ new sound studio. Join the conversation, and study with Ty and David, you’ll love it!

You can order your copy here .

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