Seven Levels of Moral Decision-Making – Dr Tim Jennings

These days it is not often that I am genuinely blown away by a sermon… I have heard various parts of this on other sermons, and certainly have heard the concept, but I haven’t ever heard it put together so clearly, and so practically.

In this sermon, “The Seven Levels of Moral decision-Making”, Tim Jennings explains the difference between the milk and the meat of the word.  Also the difference between where we are as a church, and were we need to be for Christ to return.
For me this was one of the best sermons I have seen in a very long time.

I haven’t yet watched the entire series, but the first one I believe is right on the money, and shows why we have so many problems in churches.  For mp3s of the sermons click here  (sermons: 1 mp3, 2 mp3, 3 mp3, 4 mp3)



The Eastern Question – Islam in Prophecy

The Eastern Question relating to Daniel 11 and how Islam fits into biblical prophecy, is one of the most controversial prophecies in Adventism… at least it is if you hold my view (currently the minority view).
I have seen people yelled at, ridiculed and even special meetings held to ensure my view was “clarified away”.  So, needless to say, this isn’t a view that will make you friends.  I do believe however, it holds merit, and seems to be increasingly fitting current events in the middle east.  It was also the view of many of the prominent pioneers in EGWs time (this isn’t a guarantee of truth, it is simply interesting).

The two options are basically this:
Option 1: The literal reading of Daniel 11, or
Option 2: the literal reading of Daniel 11:1-40 and spiritual reading of Daniel 11:40-45. This speaker argues for the option 1, and to me it seems the more reasonable view, especially in the light of current events.

audio: mp3
Daniel & The Revelation by Uriah Smith (1897 EGW estate version): pdf, buy book (also available for free in EGW 2 app on IOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone)

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

Christian marriages fail at the same rate as non-christian marriages.  In fact, as Tim Jennings’ previous lectures (see below) pointed out, if you are a male you are 2.5-4x more likely to be violently abused in a Christian home than in a non-christian home.  A possible reason proposed by Tim Jennings was our view of God, however I believe another major factor is the refusing to admit the natural differences between a typical male and female.

Now, naturally, there are outliers – people who don’t fit the stereotypes, however in the majority of cases, the differences between men and women are quite clear.  The downside of these differences is, it is next to impossible for men and women to interact, coexist and communicate without some major misunderstandings and frustrations.  That said, there is hope.  If your marriage is failing or struggling, maybe it is time to laugh your way to a better marriage.  The following video series is a quite irreverent, but accurate view of marriage, and the differences between the typical male and female.  The speaker is a Christian pastor, who thought there was a better way to broach this very sensitive subject.  I believe he strikes a great balance for this topic, and covers issues that normally would have both sides screaming at each other, but instead, both sides will be rolling on the floor laughing at the truth of what he is saying.

As a person who has a very happy marriage, not by luck, but rather by spending time to understand my wife, and help her to understand me, I can say his methods have been understood and put in my practice a number of times in my marriage and were a God send.  I personally learnt some of this from “why men don’t listen and women can’t read maps”, but he adds to that with some very solid practical ways to understand and improve your relationship.  Plus, it is so funny!!  Even after years of knowing much of what he has to say, it is good to see some of the mistakes I have been making over the years, and methods me and my wife can use to improve our marriage.

The content is of an adult nature, though it is in no way crude, and by worldly standards is very tame (no swearing).  Personally I wouldn’t recommend it for children under the age of 15.  They would find it funny, but it probably wouldn’t be a great practical value, and some of the themes are of a sexual nature (obviously!).  I know parents who have shown it to their 7 yo without issue though, so parent’s should watch one and see where they stand.  Either way, I believe this is an important topic and could make the difference between a “gauling yoke” or “marital bliss”.