• The Authorized Elements of Church Music

    Jesus Christ declared there are three elements to appropriate Christian worship. It must be directed to deity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); worship must be rendered in "spirit" (sincerely), and it must be offered consistent with revealed "truth" (John 4:24; ... read more »

  • The Doctrine of “Determinism” — What Is It?

    "Determinism" is a term widely used in philosophical and religious circles with varying connotations, depending upon the convictions of those employing the expression. This article will focus upon two of these theories. Atheistic Determinism A general definition of "determinism" contends ... read more »

  • Was Paul’s Theology Consistent on “Conversion”?

    J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laney is a respected scholar but in some serious particulars his theology is flawed. For example in his book, Answers to Tough Questions ... read more »

  • Stephen’s Final Prayer

    Stephen is widely known as the first Christian martyr. He is mentioned initially as one of the seven servants who ministered to the Grecian widows in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:1-6). These were Jews born outside of Palestine who frequently ... read more »

  • Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?

    Some scholars allege that when Jesus died he literally bore our sins in his body on the cross. Others believe that Christ only bore the penalty for sin. Which view represents the truth of the matter? A number of prominent ... read more »

  • Ron Wyatt, the “Indiana Jones” of the SDA Church

    Ron Wyatt (1933-1999) was a nurse-anesthetist in a hospital in Madison, Tennessee. At the age of 27 he saw a picture in Life Magazine of the Durupinar site - a large natural, boat-shaped formation - in eastern Turkey. Feverish speculation ... read more »

  • Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

    Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The ... read more »

  • Simply Outrageous

    Have you ever heard or read a statement that made you wonder how it ever could have been conceived? For example Bill O'Reilly, Fox News guru, said on national television that "the Catholic Church invented marriage" (WorldNetDaily, 2/10/2010). How does ... read more »

  • Did Balaam Prophesy Concerning the Messiah?

    As the Israelites made their way up the Transjordan region en route to their entrance into Canaan, they defeated the Amorite kings, Sihon and Og (Numbers 21:21–35). The Hebrews moved farther north and camped in the plains of Moab on ... read more »

  • Life, A Precious Gift

    Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain”: whereas you know not what shall be tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a ... read more »