April 2014 - Archives

The Semmelweis Reflex

April 30, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician who lived in the mid-1800s before the germ theory was born. Years after his death he was referred to as the “savior of mothers.” His new-fangled notion of washing hands between touching cadavers and examining pregnant women would eventually save thousands of lives. He was not the first to introduce the importance of hand washing, but he is the most well known. Perhaps this is due to the controversy and persecution that followed his statistical observations. His notion that “particles” were transferred on unwashed hands from cadavers to expectant mothers was considered ludicrous. During his time, he was referred to as an extremist. He was ridiculed and dismissed from the hospital for which he worked.

Fast-forward over 160 years later and it is easy for us to look upon the subject of hand washing with apathetic, condescending eyes. Of course we wash our hands. Furthermore, we use antibacterial hand soaps, antimicrobial house cleaners, antibacterial toothpastes, and we don’t go anywhere without antiseptic hand cleansers. …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Nothing to Fear for the Future

April 29, 2014 | Fred Bischoff

Historical Tidbit

Did you know that Light Bearers in its early years had a collection of pioneer writings that were reproduced and shared? Any idea what it was called?—”Pioneer Library.”

Somehow, around the same decade of the last century, another venture began, called “Adventist Pioneer Library.” Coincidence? Hardly, because both groups were reading the same marching guidelines, like: Repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work (Review & Herald, 5/25/05, par. 21).

Perhaps you were introduced to the Adventist Pioneer Library (APL) at last year’s Light Bearers Convocation when we announced the newest ministry to join the team. Or maybe you read about the merger in the October Mission Update cover article. Or maybe you still need to get “up-to-speed” with what has been happening.

Who Were the “Pioneers in the Advent Message”?

Have you ever had the desire to learn more about your ancestors? The …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Liberty of Conscience: The Core Principle of Protestantism

Liberty of Conscience: The Core Principle of Protestantism

April 9, 2014 | James Rafferty

The Origin of Protestantism 

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Thus ended Patrick Henry’s famous speech compelling Virginia to join the battle for independence from the British monarchy.

Nearly 250 years before, another group of men met to discuss what would become the new genesis of Protestantism. Again liberty from church-state monarchy was at stake. A deal offered the “favor” of liberty to those who then possessed it, but insisted that the teachings of the Reformation must go no further. Those still under church-state law, as well as the people of other ages (you and me in particular), would be allowed no such liberty. Nearly one half of the reformed princes present at the meeting refused the deal.

“Happily they looked at the principle on which this arrangement was based, and they acted in …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Heavenly Minded Or Earthly Good?

Heavenly Minded Or Earthly Good?

April 4, 2014 | Jeffrey Rosario

It’s been said that Christians are “so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good.” That’s a tragic indictment. It infers that with all the injustices and pressing needs of this world, what good is it to be fixated on a future, distant world?

But, ironically, the true problem is precisely the opposite. The issue is not that Christians think too much about heaven, but rather that we don’t think hard enough about it. And this lack is the cause of much indifference in the church regarding the present world.

One example is the apostle Paul, who, in terms of making an impact on the world, is definitely on the long list of game changers. He summarizes his philosophy of life succinctly:

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2, ESV).

Some translations say “affections,” instead of “minds.” This sounds a whole lot like saying: “get fixated on heaven, not on earth!” So much for the accusation of being “too heavenly minded.” …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Hidden, Part 2

Hidden, Part 2

April 2, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

The heart has always been thought to be responsible for pumping some eight thousand liters of blood per day at rest and much more during activity. This has been compared to the lifting of approximately 100 pounds one mile high! Blood is five times more viscous than water, meaning it is thicker and heavier. The strength of the heart is evidenced by its function and the fact that the left ventricle can squirt blood thirty feet across a room. All of this blood travels through millions of capillaries, some with diameters smaller than the red blood cells themselves! From Galileo it was derived that the heart was solely responsible for this achievement. Now, some researchers have described an autonomic vortex movement of the blood, implying that the blood and its contents create a type of jet stream of its own in addition to the pump action of the heart. In either case, for there to be life, blood must move through its designated channels.

Blood pressure is the pressure exerted …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers