Alden Thompson

More Team Teaching: A Response to the Charismatic Experience


Last November, we featured an article called The Fear of God: Learning to Trust the Holy Spirit by Caleb Henry. Much conversation followed in the comment section, and several of our readers asked for a follow-up article on the subject.

La trágica muerte de un hombre bueno

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A veces les pido a mis estudiantes que voten por el mejor candidato para rey: Saúl, Jonatán, o David. Los resultados son mixtos. A primera vista, David tiene toda la buena prensa. Pero la perspectiva bíblica es mucho más matizada.

The Tragic Death of a Good Man

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Sometimes I ask my students to vote for the best candidate for king: Saul, Jonathan, or David. The results are mixed. At first glance, David gets all the good press. But the biblical perspective is much more nuanced. Admittedly, voting isn’t an Old Testament idea. God appointed the leaders; rebels were stoned. Israel would “hear and be afraid” and “not act presumptuously again” (Deut. 17:12-13, NRSV). Yet one senses the beginnings of democracy.

Should I Tempt You to Read the Book of Numbers?


This particular Sabbath School Lesson triggered all kinds of memories for me. It focuses on two major incidents: A) The idolatrous and adulterous orgy at Shittim (Num. 25) that resulted in 23,000 deaths by plague; B) the slaughter of the Midianite women and young boys (Num. 31).

My problem is that when it comes to readers of the Old Testament – and I am speaking first of all of believers – I see at least four different reactions. How many of them can I satisfactorily address in one Spectrum article?

Reflections On the Maine Event

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The unbelievable intensity of the Maine Ellen White Conference has made it hard for me to settle down and write. A host of inter-related issues are churning around in my head. But Augustine (via Chuck Scriven) spoke a great truth:

El anuncio sugerente

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Un anuncio que no es claro, a duras penas es un anuncio. ¿Por qué, entonces, si el Antiguo Testamento anuncia al Mesías y su misión, nadie quería creerlo, aunque lo oyeran de los labios de Jesús, sino hasta después de la resurrección? Sólo un discípulo, Tomás, parece haber estado convencido de que Jesús iba a Jerusalén realmente para morir. ¡Pero qué convicción curiosa!: “Vayamos nosotros también, para morir con él” (Juan 11:16), dice el apóstol cuyo nombre es sinónimo de duda.

The Tantalizing Announcement


An announcement that isn’t clear is hardly an announcement. Why, then, if the Old Testament announced the Messiah and his mission, did no one want to believe it, even from the lips of Jesus—until after the resurrection? Only one disciple, Thomas, seems to have been convinced that Jesus really was going to Jerusalem to die.

Escuela sabática: Se apagaron las luces, la casa está vacía

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Un lúcido académico adventista, que podría preferir permanecer anónimo, me dio cierta vez una definición de “esperanza” que da que pensar: “Esperanza es lo que uno tiene cuando no hay evidencias suficientes como para estar optimista”.

Lights Off, House Empty


A thoughtful Adventist academic who might prefer to remain anonymous, once gave me this sobering definition of “hope”: “Hope is what you do when you don’t have enough evidence to be optimistic.”