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Truth, Love, and Lance

November 3, 2014 | David Asscherick

“What Lance couldn’t handle was the truth.” So said Betsy Andreu at the close of Alex Holmes’s difficult-to-watch documentary on the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story.

Lance is not alone.

Most of us can’t handle the truth.

Just today, I returned from a two-week trip to Jasper, Oregon to teach for the 2014 ARISE program. Nowadays, many airplanes have movies and television programs available on demand. I surveyed the offerings and found 90% of them entirely uninteresting or just plain ungodly. But Stop at Nothing caught my eye. Lance is the ultimate study in deception and perhaps self-deception. Seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance was the most decorated and successful cyclist of all time. More than this, he is a cancer survivor and founder of The Livestrong Foundation, a cancer research and support organization which has raised more than half a billion dollars since 1997.

Lance was a very big fish indeed, until he admitted in early 2013, after years of deflection …
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David Asscherick

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My Thoughts on the Present Conversation Regarding the Ordination of Women

October 24, 2014 | David Asscherick

I am admittedly surprised to hear over and over again that the current conversation and study the Seventh-day Adventist Church is having regarding the theology of ordination, generally, and of the ordination of women to pastoral ministry, specifically, is a “distraction” or even a “deception” of the enemy.

Prayerful Bible study in the context of a respectful, if vigorous, dialogue is a good thing. A very good thing. It should be affirmed in the strongest possible language.

I am disappointed to see that many of those with the strongest and most strident opinions about this subject are often not in possession of the basic facts surrounding the current study and dialogue.

Though this may sound hard to believe, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has never really had a properly articulated and systematized theology of ordination. Though formed all the way back in 1863, it wasn’t until 2013/14, with the convening of TOSC (Theology of Ordination Study Committee) , that the church formally and officially addressed the subject of the theology of ordination (I encourage you to go there, read up, and poke around …
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Light Bearers

Leaving the Best Behind

Leaving the Best Behind

July 30, 2014 | David Asscherick

Recently we had our car broken into. Between the damage to the car and the stolen goods, it set us back several thousand dollars. Not the nicest “Welcome to Australia” moment one could imagine. I can still recall the almost nauseating feeling in my gut when I walked out that morning to get in the car and saw the smashed window. I instantly and instinctively felt a little afraid and glanced furtively around me, half expecting to see the perpetrator(s) right near me. I felt violated and unsafe; and it had all happened in a flash.

Apart from the smashed window and disheveled car, the scene was perfectly idyllic. The sky was blue, the waves were lapping, and the beach was beautiful and beckoning. I even remember the birds (Magpies, to be precise) calling and singing. It was paradise! And yet, right here in the middle of my own personal paradise was this incongruous and violating scene before me. It was strangely unsettling. The world at that moment seemed so …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

Twelve

Twelve

June 4, 2014 | David Asscherick

Yeehaw! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen!

Yes, I know I’m geographically Down Under, but, wow, am I flying high right now! It’s the Monday after the final weekend of the ARISE Australia program , and I’m sitting back to soak it all in, and, hopefully, to write down something about it.

Where to start? My mind is spinning with joyful thoughts. Here are some of the mountain tops.

First, and most obviously, my family and I moved to Kingscliff, Australia on March 4th, just over two months ago. We’re here to help run the ARISE Australia program and to pastor the Kingscliff Seventh-day Adventist Church. This represents a fairly significant change of scenery for my family and me, as I’ll be traveling much less than I have been the last several years. I’ll still be traveling some, especially to events like the Light Bearers Convocation and ARISE , but on the whole we’ll be putting our roots down for the next several years while our little boys turn into, gasp, teenagers. (Seriously, you blink and your kids …
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Light Bearers

Happy Digging

Happy Digging

March 3, 2014 | David Asscherick

Paul the Apostle said some strange things, things hard to understand. Even Peter agreed (2 Peter 3:15). And if some of his writings were admittedly puzzling back then, how much more so would that be the case today, nearly two millennia later?

I used to be exasperated over Paul’s occasional inscrutability, but no longer.

And the reason is an interesting one: the joy of discovery––you know, that aha moment when, as the Australians would say, “the penny drops,” that moment when the fog of perplexity clears and light floods a formerly opaque passage. It’s a beautiful and rewarding thing; it is, truth be told, one of my favorite things about being a follower of Jesus and a student of Scripture.

Let’s take a brief look at one such passage. Galatians 2:19 (which comes just before the oft-quoted Galatians 2:20) reads: “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.”

Huh?

You’ve heard people quote Galatians 2:20 a thousand times. How about Galatians 2:19? Quite …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

Just Like Acts

Just Like Acts

December 28, 2013 | David Asscherick

A really cool thing happened recently, and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Here goes . . .

It started at the Light Bearers Convocation earlier this year. The theme was Jesus Only , and was a chapter-by-chapter study through Acts. In preparation for those sermons, I, along with Ty, James, and Jeffrey, read and studied through this book. The convocation went awesome, and everyone, ourselves included, were richly blessed through the study of Luke’s second book.

In my studies one of the things that struck me most was the tremendous sense of community throughout the book. Luke paints a picture of genuine connection and love. His descriptions are simple and yet profoundly suggestive of a deep commitment in the early church to each other and to the larger community. For example, he writes:

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. . …
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Light Bearers

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

September 6, 2013 | David Asscherick

It’s hard to believe, really. It happened to me, and I’m still trying to grasp it, to take it in. What happened?

Well, I just preached to representatives from more than 110 countries during two globally-significant, Seventh-day Adventist Youth Congresses. It is unlikely that I will ever have a similar opportunity during my ministry. What a privilege and an honor this has been!

The first Congress was held in Pretoria, South Africa from July 8-13, the second in Novi Sad, Serbia from July 30 to August 3. The theme for the South African Congress, which is held just once every five years, always in a different country, was Jesus in the City. It is put on by the General Conference Youth Department. The theme in Novi Sad, at the Pan-European Youth Congress, was The Power of One , an unambiguous reference to Jesus Christ. Somewhere around 8000 Seventh-day Adventist young people attended these two Congresses! Talk about an opportunity to impact the church and the world globally!

God was glorified. Jesus was uplifted. And …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers