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We're All Special Needs

We’re all Special Needs

November 26, 2015 | David Asscherick

In 2014, Michael and Lisa Gungor, who together form the band Gungor , had a child with Down Syndrome. They named her Lucette, meaning “light.”

Also in 2014 a woman tweeted that she would face “a real ethical dillema” if she found out that she was pregnant with a baby with Down Syndrome. Richard Dawkins, the world’s best-known atheist, responded with this tweet: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

Michael and Lisa wrote a song called Light in response to both the birth of Lucette and Dawkins’ tweet.

Prior to becoming a follower of Jesus, I worked for three years in a residential home for people with various developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome. This experience was more than a job for me; it ended up being one of two primary catalysts that prepared my heart for the Gospel.

I thought then, and still think today, that in many cases people with developmental disabilities are better off than …
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Nate

August 7, 2015 | David Asscherick

Here’s a miracle story. Fifteen years ago, I was preaching an evangelistic series in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The series was a joint venture with Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) and the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists . ASI had provided our evangelistic team with dozens of teenage youth who would go out, knocking on doors, looking for Bible studies.

Two young ladies knocked on the door of an 18 year-old boy named Nate. Giggly and nervous, they invited him to the upcoming series. He rebuffed their invitation. Then, just as the conversation was ending, they mentioned that the speaker (me) was a skateboarder and former punk rocker. His curiosity piqued, he took the flyer.

Two days later, he drove himself to the meetings in a hearse. Yes, his car was a hearse. Nate was a punk rock kid, complete with wild hair and clothes. I knew the type well because I had been one just a few years before. Nate listened with interest, which was surprising to some, given his appearance. I was not surprised at all.

when those giggly young girls knocked on …
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Light Bearers

Bouncing Students by David Asscherick

Bouncing Students

June 4, 2015 | David Asscherick

A pastor. A physical therapist. A builder. An investment banker.

Since its inception, ARISE has attracted diverse groups of people, and this year’s class was no different. Diversity is one of ARISE’s greatest strengths, but also presents one of our greatest challenges. How so? Well, not only are the students diverse professionally, they are also quite so in other areas like age, life experience, academic inclination, personality, marital status, nationality and more. This being the case, each class takes on a character all its own, and you never really know what kind of class it’s going to be.

We’ve never had a bad class; not one in 15! We have had some, how shall we say, challenging classes, but challenging and bad are not the same thing. For example, I have two children, Landon and Jabel. Both are great kids, but one is more challenging than the other. Not worse, not bad, just challenging. As a parent, I wouldn’t want it any other way. The challenging one keeps me on my …
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Light Bearers

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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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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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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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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers