Author Archives: Reinder

Fake news

  Yesterday the office of the president of the General Conference released a statement concerning its position on the ordination of female pastors. It announced a change in the strategy of the denomination with respect to this issue. I quote: ‘The top leadership of the church will no longer pursue any possible actions against church entities that are non-compliant with the church’s policies. In stead, the leadership has agreed that it is the prerogative of the unions to determine who … Continue reading

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Elections

  Lately the media are full with news and commentaries about elections and referenda. First (June 23, 2016) there was the disastrous referendum in the United Kingdom that produced the tragedy of the forthcoming Brexit–the breaking away from the European Union. On November 8 of last year we saw the just as disastrous outcome of the election campaign in the United States, that saddled the world with President Donald Trump. In our own country (the Netherlands) the citizens went to … Continue reading

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From Monte Carlo to Zeewolde

  [Thursday afternoon, May 4] I grew up in a family where every dime counted. In the village where we lived we were not the only ones who had to be extremely careful with their money. Outside the village were the ‘large’ farms of the rich farmers who could afford to have a nice, big car. When I came in the homes of some of my classmates, in the time when I went through secondary education, I saw the huge … Continue reading

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Fear

  Last week I actively participated in the bi-annual study conference of Adventist theologians in Europe. Some 75 women and men assembled at Friedensau University in Germany, not far from the city of Magdeburg. The theme of the meeting was ‘Freedom’. In this year of Luther commemorations the focus was in particular on the small book of Luther on ‘the freedom of a Christian.’ One of the speakers was Dr. Zack Plantak, who currently teaches theology and ethics at the … Continue reading

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On the Freedom of a Christian

  It is Friday morning, around six o’clock. Today the conference of Adventist theology professors from all over Europe, which started here (at the campus of Friedensau University in Germany) on Wednesday evening, will continue. I am, in fact, not one of the typical participants. Not only have I now already been retired for a considerable time, but my career has largely been outside of lecture rooms. Nonetheless, I am always invited at these bi-annual events and usually I take … Continue reading

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