The Theological Identity of the Remnant by Ty Gibson

The Theological Identity of the Remnant

by Ty Gibson  |  May 27, 2016

When the “remnant” is brought to view in Revelation, our attention is directed to God’s intent that the movement be defined by a specific theological construct:

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17, KJV).

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12, KJV).

The “and” here describes not so much a balancing act between faith and obedience, but rather a powerful relational dynamic between the two. The point of the gospel is not faith and works, but rather faith that works. The good news is not that God will save you if you obey His law, but rather that the free gift of salvation is itself so transformative that it creates in the believer a returning current of love to God, and that love manifests itself in obedience. Right here, according to Revelation, is the key insight to …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
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The Solidarity Project

The Solidarity Project

by Esther Hardy  |  May 10, 2016

The Solidarity Project took place on the University of Oregon’s campus from April 18th – 22nd, 2016. From the beginning of the ARISE internship, we intentionally set the goal to plan an event that would minister to the U of O community. The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Once we learned of SAAM, and that the U of O had a SAAM planning committee for events all throughout April, we saw this as a wonderful opportunity get on board and to share God’s love with the U of O student body and community.

The Solidarity Project was a wall that stood 8 feet tall and 12 feet long in the middle of the Memorial Quad on campus. The Memorial Quad is a central location on campus many students pass on their way to class. We painted the wall a matte gray and bought an array of acrylic paint-filled markers for the community to use to write upon the surface. The function of the wall was to be a blank canvas upon which the …
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Esther Hardy Intern
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Remember Your Mom by James Rafferty

Remember Your Mom

by James Rafferty  |  May 8, 2016

My wife was often asked what she did while mothering our two children.

“I am a mother,” was her natural response.

“Yes,” was the reply, “but what do you do for work; what are you”? (As if being a mother were not a full time job!).

Even the dictionary definition for mother, “a female parent,” seems stunted. Just the bland second half of the human production equation. Is that how you describe the love, care, courage, strength, beauty, hope, help, heart, joy, pain, tears, work, commitment of what it means to be a mother?

Eventually my wife found a more sophisticated way to describe who she was:

I am a “domestic engineer, household CEO and director of child development.”


Moms juggle so many daily tasks that estimates that if moms were monetarily compensated they’d earn up to $138K a year.

No wonder the word mom when turned upside down spells wow!

The negative connotation of mothers hasn’t changed much over the years. There are even some places in the Bible where it appears at times that a mother, …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
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Covenant Kingdom = 2016 Convocation by Jeffrey Rosario

Covenant Kingdom = 2016 Convocation

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  May 6, 2016

I can only imagine what it was like to be the prophet Daniel in the 7th century B.C., in a foreign land, with God’s people captive by an antagonistic kingdom, the mightiest empire of his day. With Jerusalem still reeling from the destruction inflicted by the Babylonians, where could Daniel go to cling to any glimmer of hope that the God of Israel had not abandoned His people? Daniel testifies that in spite of the bleak circumstances all around him, he went to “the books” (Daniel 9:2), specifically the prophetic writings of Jeremiah, to anchor his hope in the promises of God.

Daniel received a series of epic prophetic visions that foretold several millennia of world history. Earthly kingdoms rise and fall, ruling the world with coercion, brutality, and selfishness. Yet through all the apparent hopelessness, Daniel celebrates, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others…. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him” …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
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In Contact with Others by Risë Rafferty

In Contact with Others

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  May 4, 2016

We are a society that admires independence. The methodology of our educational system is established on this premise Parenting is conducted in such a way as to develop independence in our children.  We even construct our theology around ‘me, myself, & I’. There is some validity to our approach, however, evidence is mounting that we profoundly need each other.

Social relationships, friendship, and community depict a life of interconnectedness, mutuality, “in-tune-ment” with others. As beautiful as the concept is theoretically, we all know the challenge and the work involved in developing, maintaining, and living in touch with one another in our society. The effort, time, commitment, and giving of one’s self to social relationships however has the potential of radically impacting your risk of disease and premature death. Research is crying out that this dimension of our lives has a larger impact than we may have realized.

Three decades ago researchers sought to establish that, “Social relationships, or the relative lack thereof, constitute a major risk factor for health—rivaling the effect of well established health risk factors such as cigarette …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
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How Long by Fred Bischoff

How Long?

by Fred Bischoff  |  May 2, 2016

“How long?” is the ultimate time query in the great controversy between good and evil—how long will it last?

From eternity past to eternity future the principle of selfless, self-giving love has been the law of life for the universe. It flows from the heart of the unselfish Ones who created and support all things. It is continual—the love flows continually.

At some point in past time, the opposite principle of selfishness originated in the heart of the highest created being. Since that time, this root of what we call sin has also manifested a continuity as well, in conflict with the eternal principle.

A significant number of God’s intelligent, ministering angels adopted this self-focus. The principle of receiving only to give was abandoned for receiving and even taking to keep. Suffering came into existence.

After humans chose selfishness, God revealed the interface between these two continual principles in the sacrificial system, involving blood, fire, and ashes—daily death, in the giving of life, and the taking of life. These ceremonies pictured how the unselfish Ones would continue giving, in fact, …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
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Abraham—Friend of God by James Rafferty

Abraham—A Friend of God

by James Rafferty  |  April 25, 2016

Dear Abraham,

Kill your only son.


Let’s face it—that’s a tough Bible story to swallow. At face value, it assaults the very idea that God is love. Or does it?

New Testament scripture offers insight into this Old Testament mystery. John, for example, recorded a parallel of God’s call to Abraham:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” ~ Jesus (John 3:16).

“Take now Your son, Your only son Isaac, whom you love… and offer him there” ~ God (Genesis 22:2, NKJV).

James and Paul saw Abraham’s experience as something fundamental to believers in the New Testament (both of them included this story in their letters to the Christian church).

Paul says:

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense” (Hebrews 11:17-19, NKJV).

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James Rafferty Co-Director
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