Author Archives: Reinder

The nominating committee

  One of the Adventist journals in the United States recently asked me whether I could, towards of the end of the year, submit a substantial article on the procedures the Adventist Church uses to elect its leaders. The editor wants me not just to look at the past and to analyze the election procedures during the last few general conference sessions, but also to philosophize about possible alternatives. In short: a fascinating assignment. This week I passed some time … Continue reading

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  Last week—while spending a few days in Sweden and while travelling home again, I read a substantial book on homosexuality and then wrote a review of it.  The book—entitled Love Translated: Homosexuality and the Bible—was sent to me by the author, a Danish linguist-theologian with the rather un-Danish name K. Renato Lings. Kinship, the  organization for Adventist gays and lesbians, had asked me to read the book and to review it for them. Lings’ interest in the topic is, … Continue reading

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An unproductive week

It is Friday morning. I look back on a week that was not particularly productive. A serious cold ensured that did not really feel on top of the world. Nonetheless, Monday had to be a day of travel. Just before eight in the morning my son took me to railway station in the Swedish city of Kramfors for the five-hour train journey to Arlanda airport near Stockholm. After a three hour wait and a two hour flight I landed at … Continue reading

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  This past week I was quite irritated by Sven Kramer.  What annoyed me most was the moment when he threw away his flowers after he had won the silver medal in the 10.000 meter speed skating race for men in Sotsji. He had put all his hopes on the gold Olympic medal and could not stomach the fact that his fellow Dutchman Jorits Bergsma was faster by just over 4 seconds. I can imagine that it is disappointing when … Continue reading

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Faith in Sotsji

  Last week I watched more sports on TV than I usually do. It seems that the rich harvest of medals by the Dutch participants during the Winter Olympics in Sochi aroused my latent nationalistic pride. The enthusiasm of the Dutch men and women on the Olympic podium made me temporarily forget the outrageous amounts that were spent to organize these games (some 40-50 billion euros) in a country where millions still live in abject poverty. Amidst all the attention … Continue reading

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