Editorial by Rick Remmers
Hope is an interesting word. We hope for a lot of different things. We hope it won’t rain on the day we’ve planned a picnic. We hope there are no traffic jams on our commute to work. We hope to be able to find our favorite socks. We hope our teacher doesn’t give us a pop quiz.
Then there are the more substantive concerns. We hope there is more money in our account than days in the month. We hope our nation enacts laws promoting justice and equality. We hope our employer’s business does well so our job is secure. We hope organizations we are part of will promote fairness and opportunity.
Editorial by Dave Weigley
This year marks 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany (Oct. 31, 1517), challenging the established religious beliefs and practices of his denomination, and launching the Protestant Reformation. Conscientiously, he could not reconcile church practices with biblical teachings as he understood them.
Four years later, when summoned by church authorities to recant his teachings, he uttered: “I cannot and I will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me? Amen” (Merle d’Aubigne, History of the Reformation in the 16th Century, b. 7, ch. 8, cited in The Great Controversy, p. 160.2).
Story by Jerry Woods
The WGTS 91.9 staff got a chance to play Santa’s helpers right before Christmas. The staff visited the pediatric ward of the Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center in the suburbs of Washington D.C., to distribute teddy bears. It’s been a staff tradition for the last three years to stuff teddy bears at that party to be delivered to a local hospital.
Story by Jacquie Bokow
Women attending the Potomac Conference's Capital Memorial church's Women's Ministries Prayer Breakfast were recently challenged to live her "BEST" life at the church in Washington, D.C. Kathleen Coleman, Faith Community Health Network coordinator for Adventist HealthCare, spoke to the room full of women after a sumptuous catered vegetarian lunch. BEST stands for:
Blog by Rob Vandeman
C. S. Lewis called Psalm 8 a “short, exquisite lyric.” Derek Kidner, in his excellent two-volume study of the Psalms, says, “This psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a hymn should be, celebrating as it does the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who He is and what He has done, and relating us and our world to Him, all with a masterly economy of words, and in a spirit of mingled joy and awe.” He adds rightly, “The range of thought takes us not only ‘above the heavens’ (v. 1) and back to the beginning (v. 3, 6-8) but, as the New Testament points out, on to the very end.” The psalms theme is the greatness of God and the place of man (mankind) within God’s universe.
The hymn has four obvious parts: