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Let There Be Meat

By Dr. Mark A. McCleary, October 20, 2015: Recently, the Liberty Seventh-day Adventist Church commissioned a committee to research the issue of preparing, serving, eating or allowing meat products on church property. As the pastor, I thought it not robbery to do my own research of this topic. I am not a member of the…

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree,   the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging…

Jeans And The Cross

Is It Okay To Wear Jeans To Church

If you grew up in a more traditional church, the idea of someone wearing jeans to church might be enough to make you feel faint. On the flipside, if you had had most of your church experience in a more casual setting, you might wonder why anyone would wear anything but jeans to church. The…

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Should Christians Go To Gay Pride Celebration?

Your Faith or Their Pride Imagine that a close family member just told you that they are gay. Amidst the vast array of emotions that you may experience at that time, a question will undoubtedly come up in your mind: how can I still love them without condoning their lifestyle? What if this person asks…

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The Rise of Contemporary Adventist Church – Part 2 of 2

Contemporary Adventism is not a compromise of the core essentials. It’s about relevance. Think about the Jews’ journey from Egypt into Canaan. They had some things in the wilderness that they did not have beforehand, in Egypt; nor after, in Canaan. They didn’t need a pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of smoke…

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The Rise of Contemporary Adventist Church – Part 1

In thinking about the topic for this article, I was going to go all down the road on Emergent/postmodern theology, but decided rather to simply reflect on what Kanisa Fellowship means to me. In a nutshell, Kanisa challenges us to think in a Biblically-based, people- and Christ-centred way. That’s the essence of contemporary worship, and…