Spring 1991

Volume VI, Number 1

In This Issue

Pietists in the Battle of Life by Elder M. Lindahl

The immigrant pietists I knew in the '30s and '40s had strong convictions about Bible prophecy as it focused on the Middle East. We heard that we were living in the "last days" and that Jesus could come back momentarily.

John 3:14-21 and Waldenström's Commentary by Paul Peter Waldenström and translated by Tommy Carlson

Ready for an Armageddon? by Ahu Latifoglu

Today is my birthday. I'm in my room, munching on my birthday cookies, listening to a '50s song on the radio. I got a heavenly gift today: the first snowflakes of the year. Everything is perfect, almost everything. Deep in my heart there's a question that has been bothering me all day: will I be able to celebrate my birthday next year?

A Tribute to Northrop Frye

It was with sadness that we learned that Dr. Northrop Frye had died. Dr. Frye has given much to many by his deep insight into literature and the Bible. Two of Frye's last books were The Great Code, The Bible and Literature (1983) and Words With Power: Being a Second Study of "The Bible and Literature" (1990).

The Burden Bearer: Isaiah 53:5-6 by Erik Hawkinson

I love every portrait of Jesus, both the prophetic portraits in the Old Testament and the historical portraits in the New. I love him as a miracle-worker. I love him as a teacher. I love him as a familiar friend. I love him as a returning Saviour. But under present circumstances, I think I love him best as the burden-bearer.

Good Friday in a shopping mall by Jonathan Sweeney

Warning: Formulas May Be Hazardous to Your Salvation by Peter Sandstrom

This text from Numbers 21 presents us with a very strange story. It starts out normally enough for a tale of the people of Israel in the wilderness. Now, as they have before, the people again have become impatient and they speak against God and against Moses.

A Speck in My Eye by David Hawkinson

I think it would have made a difference if it had been said another way. Perhaps it was the passion behind the statement that fixed it in my mind, like a speck in my eye that hints at its presence by subtle irritation.

Jesus Learns from Experience by Sigurd F. Westberg

There are few passages in the Bible that have troubled the minds of Christian people as much as this one. The commentaries provide good peripheral information, but do not meet the problem head-on. I am not confident that what I have to say here will clear up all the difficulties, but I hope you will get some ideas that you can weigh and eventually accept or reject.

The Centurion by Dwight Nelson

And when the Centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15:39

Tributes to Willard Berggren upon Retirement

God is Good. Do you know Willard Berggren? These words surround his comings and goings. He is called by God to be a pastor and a clear witness of the Father's love, salvation, and eternal life.

God's Folly by Arthur W. Anderson

The French, we are told, celebrate Easter with an upending phrase, "L'amour de Dieu est folie!" — God's love is God's folly. If sung with a lilt, here is a line that could rescue us from the grave of dead assumptions.

Out and About

The Governor's Dinner; Launching the Karl A. Olsson Chair of Religious Studies at North Park College; Sport Report

Mrs. Halleen Was Wearing Earrings! by Graig Nordstrom

Sport Prophecy by Eric Nelson

NBA Picks

Post: Readers Respond

On the Death of a Metaphysican by George Santayana