Advent 3, 2017

Het is het Lutherjaar. Hoe ziet onze wereld er 500 jaar na Luther uit? Natuurlijk ook in deze uitgave aandacht voor nieuws uit de wereldkerk en de 28 geloofspunten. Lees Advent online of download het blad.


Five Hundred Years of Luther

Rational thought is a gift from God. Having an opinion and sharing it is one thing, but opinions should be based on knowledge and understanding, as well as powerful faith and love. Martin Luther left behind a great spiritual heritage, which is still valuable today. The call he first gave in 1524 is now more relevant than ever: ‘Let us finally use our minds!’

Text by Professor Rudy Van Moere

On October 31st, it will be exactly five hundred years since theology professor Martin Luther nailed 95 statements to the door of the Wittenberg chapel. In these statements he criticised the terrible conditions and methods of the Roman Catholic church. Luther’s contributions to Western thought are too numerous to fully catalogue. In this theological reflection, I will discuss three dimensions of his faith. These will help us—as Adventists and other Christians—to deepen our own faith: faith and strength; faith and understanding; faith and love. Verder lezen

Adventism and the Reformation

The Reformation was a milestone in Christian history. Adventists embrace Martin Luther as one of the great reformers, but we have only adopted some of his teachings. More than 500 years later we are still not finished with the Reformation.

Text by Pastor Henk van der Kamp

People often ask Jesus: ‘What do I need to do to be given eternal life?’ (See Matthew 19:16 and Luke 10:25, for example.) The emphasis seems to be on the words ‘I’ and ‘do’. Martin Luther applied these texts to himself. ‘Which good works should I do to become acceptable in God’s eyes?’ Or more rigorously: ‘Which meritorious works will motivate a wrathful God to accept me as his child?’ No matter how long Luther looked at his good works, he could find nothing that was good enough. He saw himself as a law-breaker and a sinner. He became distraught. Verder lezen


Following the Union Congress last May, the new members of the Executive Committee have begun their five-year term. We’re excited to introduce them to you over the next few pages. Verder lezen

Sinkushen aña despues di Lutero

Hende su sintí ta un regalu di Dios. Bo por tin bo opinion i ekspres’é. Pero laga e opinion ei, ku eksepshon di fe firme i amor, ta basá tambe riba konosementu i sintí. Martin Lutero a laga nos un gran erensia spiritual, ku te awe ta di balor. Su yamada for di 1524 ta mas aktual ku nunka: ‘Laga nos usa nos sintí!’

Teksto: Prof. Dr. Rudy Van Moere

Oktober 31 lo ta eksaktamente 500 aña ku dosente di teologia Martin Lutero a klaba 95 tesis (su puntonan di bista) riba porta di e kapèl di Wittenberg, kritikando e kondishonnan i métodonan spantoso di e iglesia Romano. Su kontribushonnan pa e mundu di oksidente ta muchu pa menshoná. Den e devoshonal teológiko aki ta bin padilanti tres di su puntonan di fe. Esaki ta yuda nos komo atventista i otro kristian aktualmente pa fortalesé nos fe: kreensia i forsa; kreensia i sintí; kreensia i amor. Verder lezen