Tuesday, January 17, 2006

2006 Reading List

No one ever really likes my reading lists. I don't know why. I suppose that it doesn't seem very personal, but if you really think about it, you can discover a lot about someone if you observe what they like to read. I also consider it equivalent to an internet book club. Or do people even read anymore?

Just Finished Reading

  1. Belonging by Ron and Nancy Rockey
  2. The Cross and Its Shadow by Stephen Haskell
  3. Reflecting Christ by Ellen White
  4. A Response to the Video: Seventh-day Adventism - the Spirit Behind the Church by Bob Pickle
  5. * edit* Adventist Home by Ellen White (thanks to Jason for reminding me since I finished this quite a while ago)
Currently Reading

  1. The Holy Bible by God
  2. Faith I Live By by Ellen White
  3. Daniel and Revelation by Uriah Smith
  4. Testimonies vol 1 by Ellen White
  5. Here We Stand edited by Samuel Pipim
  6. Uterine Function: Molecular and Cellular Aspects edited by Mary Carsten and Jordan Miller (yes I will eventually finish reading this book since I am supposed to defend my dissertation this spring and this is a classic 600-page text on the subject)
You can also check out my previous reading material here and here.

So now you know what I'm reading. What are you reading?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Join the Isabella Han Fan Club

Once upon a time on an island named IONA, there lived a little girl named Isabella. She had a Daddy named Peter and a Mommy named Elena, and together, they were part of the final generation. She was very cute and outgoing and also...a little bossy (in a good way). Of course, she especially liked to pretend she was preaching sermons entitled "Who Shall Be Able to Stand?" Nevertheless, her fame spread throughout the land, mostly because her Uncle Alistair posted pictures of her on his weblog.

While Uncle Alistair was uploading files, another uncle (Uncle Tim) decided to post photos of Isabella as a tribute to her incredible cuteness. However, he became too preoccupied with preparing for GYC and was unable to post his own photo gallery as quickly as he should have. Soon afterward, Isabella traveled to a far away place, never knowing the good intentions of her Uncle Tim.

Time passed...and Uncle Tim finally unveiled the "Isabella Han Photo Gallery" in hopes that she would someday return and pretend to preach more present truth sermons such as "The Eight Blessings."

Will she return? Will she preach present truth sermons? Will she come back to visit next weekend? Will she be a part of the final generation? Only time will tell...

By the way, this is a true story (not a fairy tale except the part about Isabella living on an island called IONA). For proof, go to the Photos section of this website or click on the graphic below.

Official Isabella Collage:
Faces of the Final Generation

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

GYC 2005 Highlights

To say that the General Youth Conference was an incredible blessing would be an understatement. It was truly beyond description. However, in an attempt to provide a taste of what it was like, here is a random list of my favorite moments of GYC 2005:

  1. Listening to David Gates speak about risking it all for God and then, seeing people already jumping out of their seats and flowing into the aisles before he even finished his appeal
  2. Meeting with international attendees who want to start something in their own local area
  3. Going door-to-door with my sister on Sabbath afternoon (and otherwise spending quality time with my family)
  4. Sharing the stage with godly men I respect including Dr. Pipim, Dr. Clouzet, Chester Clark, and Mark Finley
  5. Hearing the dedication speech by Dr. Pipim to the incoming GYC leaders and being humbled by the tremendous opportunity we all share
  6. The Eight Blessings and "Blessed are They" with Peter Gregory and company
  7. Norman's expressions during John Nixon sermons
  8. Seeing old friends and making new ones (a taste of heaven)
  9. Passing out 1500 audioverse.org cards (thanks to all who helped spread the Word!)
  10. The personal decisions I made to consecrate my life even more fully to the cause of God this coming year

I believe with all my heart that the end of time is very near. As proof of this, I point, not only to devastating natural disasters or the recent political landscape of America, but to the revival of the young people of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The church is languishing for the help of young men [and young women] who will bear a courageous testimony, who will with their ardent zeal stir up the sluggish energies of God's people, and so increase the power of the church in the world. Young men are wanted who will resist the tide of worldliness, and lift a voice of warning against taking the first steps in immorality and vice. . . . Young men, press to the front, and identify yourselves as laborers together with Christ, taking up the work where He left it, to carry it on to its completion. RH June 16, 1891