A New Hermeneutic by Pastor Steven Grabiner

A New Hermeneutic?

by Steven Grabiner  |  July 6, 2015

In just two days, the gathered delegates for the Seventh-day Adventist church will be making a decision regarding ordaining women to the pastoral ministry . I doubt that any view-changing contributions can be made at this point. However there is an issue that does need further clarification—the role hermeneutics play in this conversation. I hope to make a contribution to that clarity in this short article.

It has been suggested by individuals on both sides of this issue that different hermeneutical principles are being utilized resulting in very different conclusions. One group says: “Those who are faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutic will urge a ‘no’ vote to the motion.” Another group says: “Use a principle-based approach and vote ‘yes.'” I would like to pose this question: “Is it necessary to use a new hermeneutic to arrive at a ‘yes’ vote, or could someone be faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutical principles, and still come to the conclusion that a ‘yes’ vote is in order?” If the issue facing the church really is about the method used to interpret scripture, this is of grave concern. However, if the …
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Steven Grabiner Pastor
East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church
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Light Bearers Literature Supports Ted Wilson’s Meetings

Light Bearers Literature Supports Ted Wilson’s Meetings

by Light Bearers  |  July 4, 2015

“Hope for the Cities,” a mission to reach the cities of the world for Christ , launched by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church , targeted Harare, Zimbabwe during May 17-31, 2015. Pastor Ted Wilson , leader of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the main speaker. He conducted his own evangelistic preaching in Chitungwiza, a suburb of Harare. Accompanying him were sixty international speakers who participated in and conducted evangelistic efforts in different locations in and around the city. The total number of meetings, running concurrently with international and local speakers, was 914! “Harare will never be the same,” was the impression on many minds and lips. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the mission was completed with astounding long-term results. Baptisms from all locations exceeded 2000 in number, and many more were preparing to follow.

Many evangelistic tools were combined to make the event a success. The public evangelism was supported by health evangelism in the form of clinics, health expos, free dental and eye services, and additional programs. The health expos alone served 34,000 people! Ted Wilson remarked, quoting from The Ministry of Healing, by Ellen White, “Christ’s method alone in reaching the people …
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Vanishing Perplexities

Vanishing Perplexities

by Risë Rafferty  |  July 3, 2015

In the hospital it is not uncommon to see doctor’s orders for C. diff testing in patient charts. C. diff is an abbreviation for Clostridium difficile. If C. diff + is charted it means the patient has Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).  C. diff is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. It is more commonly seen after antibiotic use and in the elderly. In your intestines, C. diff produces a toxin that causes diarrhea and colitis. “Each year, more than a half million people get sick from C. difficile, and in recent years, C. difficile infections have become more frequent, severe and difficult to treat.”1 It is difficult to treat as it is spore forming and has a protective shell. In addition to this, C. diff has been labeled the most urgent of all superbug infections due to its developed resistance to antibiotic therapy. Most of us have C. diff in our colon in a healthy balance with other bacteria. It can be held in check for life without ever causing illness. …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
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Where's Your Salt by Jeffrey Rosario

Where’s Your Salt?

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  July 2, 2015

I wish I could have been there that day when Jesus took a seat on top of a mountaintop, an audience looking on, and His disciples getting comfortable around Him. “He opened His mouth and taught” (Matthew 5:2). The spiritual truths He expounded on that day would later become known as the “Sermon of the Mount.” One of things I wish I could have seen was the looks on the disciples’ faces when Jesus began telling them about His dreams for His church, which at that point consisted of precisely them. They were a pretty non-impressive group; tiny pawns in a brutal world dominated by the mighty Roman Empire. What could Jesus realistically expect of them?

Jaws definitely dropped when He said: “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). How could these seemingly insignificant disciples be considered “the salt of the earth”? Why salt? In their world, salt was not only used to flavor foods but more critically it was used as a preservative. Without modern refrigeration, salt was rubbed into foods, such as meat, to preserve it …
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Light Bearers
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um olhar atento sobre a ORDENAÇÃO DE MULHERES

Um Olhar Atento Sobre A Ordenação de Mulheres

by Ty Gibson  |  June 30, 2015

english  |  español  |  русский   |  português No dia 14 de janeiro de 2015, uma quarta-feira, decidi estudar o assunto da ordenação de mulheres por conta própria. Afinal de contas, minha igreja está engajada em um conflito titânico sobre este assunto. Quando comecei meus estudos, fiquei imaginando o que eu descobriria se eu pusesse de lado minhas opiniões sobre o tema e simplesmente examinasse o que a Bíblia e os escritos de Ellen White teriam a dizer sobre ele. Seja lá o que fosse o que eu viesse a descobrir, de uma coisa eu estava certo: a igreja deveria seguir o ensinamento bíblico sobre essa questão, então eu precisava descobrir qual ele era.

Meu nome é Ty Gibson. Sou um membro da Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia, batizado para fora do mundo à tenra idade de 18 anos. Deste ponto em diante, eu dediquei a minha vida adulta inteira ao ministério em tempo integral. Sou codiretor do Light Bearers [Portadores de Luz], um ministério evangelístico baseado no estado de …
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Women's Ordination: Is the Church Free to Act? by Ty Gibson

Women’s Ordination: Is the Church Free To Act?

by Ty Gibson  |  June 19, 2015

The God of the Bible is a delegator, not a micromanager. He entrusts His children with decision-making power. God is not a control freak, but rather a freedom lover.

Adam and Eve were given “dominion” over the world God had made for them (Genesis 1:26-27).

Perceiving the grave and glorious arrangement, David proclaimed,

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men” (Psalm 115:16).

That’s delegation language.

God is love. Therefore, God has engineered a world in which the highest form of freedom is manifested in righteous self-governance. It is from this foundational reality that God empowers His people to act and is glorified by their freedom when it is responsibly exercised.

PEOPLE THINK AND LAY PLANS

The management of Israel was more than Moses could handle. Jethro, his father-in-law, came along and said, “Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you” (Exodus 18:19). Then he suggested an organizational system that involved appointing leaders over groups of 1000, groups of 100, groups …
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ЕСЛИ ВЗГЛЯНУТЬ НА ОРДИНАЦИЮ ЖЕНЩИН ПОБЛИЖЕ

ЕСЛИ ВЗГЛЯНУТЬ НА ОРДИНАЦИЮ ЖЕНЩИН ПОБЛИЖЕ

by Ty Gibson  |  June 19, 2015

english  |  español  |  русский  |   português Среда, 14 января 2015. Сегодня я решил, что настало время чтобы взяться и изучить предмет ординации/рукоположения женщин лично, для себя. Ведь моя церковь находится в огромном конфликте по этому вопросу. Готовясь к этой задаче, мне интересно, а что я обнаружу если я отложу в сторону мои предубеждения по этой теме и просто посмотрю что говорит Библия и труды Елены Уайт об этом? Что бы я ни открыл, я уверен в одном: церковь должна идти с тем, что учит Библия по этому вопросу, и поэтому мне необходимо найти это.

Меня зовут Тай Гибсон. Я член Церкви Адвентистов Седьмого Дня, приняв крещение выйдя из мира в юном возрасте 18 лет. С тех пор, я посвятил всю свою взрослую жизнь на служение. Я являюсь одним из директоров организации “Носители Света,”занимающейся евангелизмом из штата Орегон. Носители Света пользуются чрезвычайно позитивными и продуктивными отношениями с лидерами и членами церкви по всему миру. Мы поставили свыше пол миллиарда евангелизационных публикаций бесплатно Конференциям, Унионам и Дивизионам по всему …
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Light Bearers
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