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July 2013

Volume 9

Issue 7


London, Ontario

Abraham, The Knight of Faith. 170 years ago, Soren Kier-

kegaard wrote Fear and Trembling. Ten years ago, I read it for the first time and it changed my life...

By Jason Hines

In This Issue  Abraham, The Knight of Faith  Singer and Evangelist Joe

Melashenko is Dead at 91.  Principal Patricia Lopez, re-

ceived Education Award.

 Why I Can No Longer Defend

the Ministry of Women in the Church.  Avoiding Chicken To Avoid

Bladder Infections.  London Adventurer Club 3rd.

Annual Investiture Ceremony  July schedule local and dis-

trict churches.

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Ministry of women in the church

Why I Can No Longer Defend the Ministry of Women in the Church by Steve Holmes

Avoiding Chicken To Avoid Bladder Infections

I have defended the ministry of women in the church in public for a while now, including on my blog. I don’t think I can do it any longer. Not because of any lack of calling or gifting in their ministry, but because of a lack in mine.

Where do bladder infections come from? Back in the 1970's, longitudinal studies of women over time showed that the movement of rectal bacteria up into the vaginal area preceded the appearance of those same types of bacteria in the urethra before they were able to infect the bladder but it would be another 25 years before genetic fingerprinting techniques were...

Take Phoebe Palmer. She began to be involved in leading a Bible study... Continue page 5

By Michael Greger M.D.

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In it Kierkegaard outlines principles for living the life of faith by looking at Abraham, who he deems the knight of faith. Kierkegaard identifies five requirements to be a knight of faith. I do not consider these requirements to be hard and fast rules (in fact I will challenge at least one of them), but I do think that these are good things to think about if we are going to live a life of faith.

Matt 26:39 The knight of faith must be willing to set aside personal comfort for a higher cause/calling. This can be clearly seen in Abraham’s life. In Gen 12, Abram is willing to leave the comfort of his home and go to a place he doesn’t know, just on the say-so of a God he has only recently encountered. What has always amazed me about this is that there is no record of any complaint from Abram either. I wonder how many of us would be willing to do the same. I know it is hard to leave the comfort of the known for the unknown. But God may be calling us to bigger and better things and we never find out because we are not willing to set aside our personal comfort..

2. The knight of faith remains strong in the face of internal opposition. According to Kierkegaard, the knight of faith refuses to be spared his fate. In reference to Abraham, Kierkegaard focuses on how Abraham seems to rush to accomplish God’s will in sacrificing his only son. Kierkegaard goes so far as to say that the knight of faith does not ask for mercy. I wouldn’t go this far. I would say that it is ok to ask for mercy from God, so long as you are willing to accept the possibility that mercy may not come. The best example of this is Jesus Himself. Matt 26:39 reads, “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” There is a request for a reprieve, but also a willingness to overcome any internal opposition in order to do as God asks. 3.

The knight of faith sees the world the right way. The third requirement of the knight of faith is that the knight must view the world differently. Their relationship to earthly conventions is determined by their relationship to the heavenly realm and not the other way around. In short, the knight of faith puts God above anything else. God’s will is paramount, and the concept of what is right and wrong comes from God, not from earthly social conventions. Abraham shows this through his willingness to kill Isaac. The sacrifice of Isaac certainly seems to go against social convention. This is Abraham’s only heir, and Isaac is the child of promise that Abraham and Sarah have waited for most of their lives. Despite this, Abraham is willing to sacrifice him, an action that makes no

sense and defies moral norms, simply because God said so. 4. The knight of faith must be willing to make the move of resignation. The move of resignation is the renouncement of the earthly and resignation to the will of God. We are able to discern the move of resignation when there is demonstrable love of God over worldly happiness and when we see the knight of faith move in solitude. Abraham does both. First, despite the fact that he loves Isaac, he makes it clear that he loves God more and is willing to give up his only son. Moreover, as far as the biblical record shows, Abraham does not discuss God’s command with anyone. I think this final point has relevance for many of us today. When God asks us to do something that defies social convention or that seems out of the ordinary, if we decide to do it, it seems that we feel the need to justify our decisions to others. It is a human trait – we don’t want to seem crazy for doing whatever thing God just led us to do. However, the knight of faith realizes that the walk of faith is not always a group activity. Therefore there is no need to justify the action. Sometimes it would be better if we just kept the word God gave us to ourselves. Now there are times when things need to be shared, especially after the move of faith is made and God has proven Himself again. But many times people will not understand why God asked you to do something, so it would be best to spare everyone the confusion and heartache and not involve them in your move of faith.

5. Finally the knight of faith must make the move of faith. This is almost a foregone conclusion.

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Did he trust the word of God? Once the knight of faith has done all these other things, then the knight must have the willingness to believe and act on the strength of the absurd. For Abraham, even after he has denied personal comfort, overcome any internal doubt, changed his worldview and resigned himself to the will of God, he still has to take Isaac up the mountain, tie him up, lay him on the altar, and raise the knife. The fact that he goes through with it is what makes Abraham the knight of faith in Kierkegaard’s opinion.

But could Abraham be confident that God would raise Isaac? Did he trust the word of God? After all, on two separate occasions God told Abraham that Isaac was the promised heir. (Gen 17:19and 21:12) Abraham would need to believe that somehow someway he would not kill Isaac or that God would resurrect him in order for God’s word to continue to be true. Interestingly enough, the writer of Hebrews addresses this very point. Heb 11:17-19 reads, “ By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, ‘In Isaac yourdescendants shall be called.’ He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.” But how was

Abraham able to consider “that God is able to raise people even from the dead [?]” There is no story we know of where God raised anyone from the dead during Abraham’s time. Abraham knew that God could raise someone from the dead because that was how he got Isaac in the first place. God raised up his son from a womb that had been dead. Isaac himself was a miracle, and this fact bolstered Abraham’s belief that God could be true to His word, despite the likely outcome of His seemingly outlandish request. Here’s the thing – the same is true for us today. The move of faith is never requested without prior evidence. God always gives us something to rely on before He asks us to do something that seems irrational or outside of the norm. That evidence often exists all around us, but we don’t see it because we are too busy looking at our own doubts. Kierkegaard said this in reference to the knight of faith. “If I knew where such a knight of faith lived I would journey to him on foot, for this marvel concerns me absolutely. I would not let him slip one instant, but watch every minute how he makes the movements; I would consider myself maintained for life and divide my time between looking at him and practising the movements myself, thus devoting all my time to admiring him.”If I could I would let Kierkegaard know that he is breaking his own rule. Any knight of faith on this earth is not to be watched. Instead we should turn our eyes toward Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith and who gives us the evidence on which we can rely.

Singer and Evangelist Joe Melashenko is Dead at 91. June 21, 2013

“He left like he lived” In 1948 the Canadian son of immigrants from Ukraine joined the King's Heralds quartet as their bass. He was music director for George Vandeman for many years and an evangelist with the Voice of Prophecy media ministry for more than two decades. H. M. S. Richards called him the “basso profundo in excelsis.” He passed away Friday morning, June 21, at age 91. "He left like he lived," Pastor Lonnie Melashenko said of his father. "Quietly. Graciously. With gentle dignity. Without demands or harsh words or even a frown, he surrendered himself, a tired, frail, humble gentleman; into the waiting arms of his Savior." Growing up on a farm near Arelee, Saskatchewan, he was one of nine children born to Ukrainian-born Peter and Katie Melashenko. Joe milked a dozen cows by hand twice a day and would sing to pass the time. By his early 20s, he had won numerous amateur hours and talent show awards. He was heard on coast -to-coast radio in Canada as the "Voice of the Deep." He attended Canadian Junior College, now Canadian University College, in Alberta, and the University of Saskatchewan, where he received a teaching certificate. He taught in the public schools of Saskatchewan before joining the Voice of prophecy.

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He was ordained as a minister in 1961, while in Bermuda. He served as an evangelist from 1971 to 1982 With his wife Anne, Joe had five sons – Lonnie, Joedy, Dallas, Eugene and Rudy – and taught them to sing at an early age. The family has performed together countless times and the sons have become Seventh-day Adventist ministers. Joe spoke both Russian and Ukrainian fluently and one of the great thrills of his life was returning to the former Soviet Union to preach in an evangelism campaign. His most significant impact in Ukraine was the campaign in Borislav in 1991. His wife Ann passed on before him in 2009. Memorial services for Elder Joseph Melashenko will be held at the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church in northern California on Sunday, July 21, at 4 p.m. __________________________________________ Principal Patricia Ferreira, received Education Award. On June 15 during By George Perez The Adventist Christian Elementary School (A.C.E.S.) Awards Ceremony, Janice Maitland, Education Superintendent of the Ontario Conference, presented the 2013 Excellence in Education Award to Principal Patricia Ferreira Principal P. Ferreira Principal Ferreira expressed with emotion, “Thank you to all of you students and parents for this award, thank you to the Ontario Conference, thank you to the Church in Canada … I am speechless and that is not easy for me to be!” Every year the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC) Office of Education recognizes the contribution of outstanding educators in the Adventist education system. This award recognizes the work of exceptional teachers and outstanding school administrators. The award consists of a beautiful

iron and glass award and a cheque for $1,000.00 for the selected teachers (2 elementary, 2 secondary, and 1 administrator). One of the requirements was that the nominee must have a valid Standard, Professional or Administrator denominational teaching certificate. The nominators were Anna Perez as School Treasurer, Pr. Alex Golovenko as Church Pastor, and George Perez as Parent-Association Director. The selection committee was comprised of one representative from each entity conference/ boarding academy/CUC) for discussion and vote. “The criteria was simple and Principal Ferreira, has it all – spiritual credibility, concern for students, and innovation in teaching methods” said George Perez. Other criteria used to qualify nominees were the impact on school improvement and involvement in church and community. “Patricia’s easygoing, approachable style makes her a shoe-in as teacher for our children in ACES. Our children love her winsome ways; I heard this from my own kid every week” finalized Perez. Principal Ferreira’s ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. From Mathletics to Debates, from Curricular to Extracurricular Activities, she has demonstrated innovation in teaching by using technology, strategies, and up-to-date news and information. Pr. Golovenko expressed, “In the area of student life she is marvelous. She takes her time with students to get to know them as individuals, discovers each student’s passion and encourages them to excel. I encountered many times her having deep conversations after school with students waiting for parent about topics of their interest. Kids gravitate toward her and love to spend time in her company.” Besides teaching juniors and organizing administrative matters at School, Principal Ferreira, offers leadership by providing seminars to empower women, organizing talks for teens, assisting with church communications and the monthly Newsletter production. She contributes creatively and visionary to the church planning for outreach, worship and social life. Her passion is nurturing the family life in the congregation. “As a Board Member”, said Anna Perez, “I have the opportunity to work and interact with Patricia during her preparations for her classes, Continue next page...

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every day and every year. It is her priority to know more about the children who are attending school to better tailor her teaching to their needs. She truly cares about reaching the minds and hearts of our school children. I have received many follow-up comments regarding the positive impact of Patricia’s teaching and leadership.”From the School Board’s perspective Principal Ferreira, has brought plenty of both to our church school a long with a fresh reminder of the importance of excellence in academics and God’s amazing love though a clear, compelling, professional teaching of our SDA beliefs. From the ACES School Board, the North, South, and Spanish churches, parents and students: congratulations to Principal Patricia Ferreira for a well deserved award and recognition. Thank you for your passion and vision for A.C.E.S. Thank you and your family for being in our midst. “Principal Ferreira, God has a plan for you life, a unique path along which He will guide you if you let him” –George Perez Note: Our church school is moving to 805 Shelborne St. Starting in September, A.C.E.S. has a new home after six years at the North Church. Please ask Principal Ferreira or Pr. Golovenko for more information. Registration is open for Kinder Garden and grades1-8 , 2013-2014 school year is around the corner! ___________________________________________ Why I Can No Longer Defend the Ministry of Women in the Church. by Steve Holmes

God calls women to every ministry.

I have defended the ministry of women in the church in public for a while now, including on my blog. I don’t think I can do it any longer. Not because of any lack of calling or gifting in their ministry, but because of a lack in mine. Take Phoebe Palmer. She

began to be involved in leading a Bible study in New York around 1830. She soon received invitations to preach across the USA and in the UK. Something like 25,000 people were converted by her ministry. 25,000 people. Converted. Does that need defense? Really? She visited prisons regularly, ran a society helping poor people in need of medical attention, and was involved in an ambitious project to challenge the new problem of urban poverty through the provision of low-cost housing, free schooling, and employment. She had a particular concern for orphans throughout her life. Challenging injustice on a grand scale. Do you want me to defend that? In The Promise of the Father, and 20+ other books, she stressed the idea that God could and would give the blessing of holiness in an instant to a believer, and taught that holiness would be gained by faith. This teaching gave rise to the Holiness Movement, which by 1900 had changed the beliefs and practices of almost every evangelical church in America and Britain. Her ideas shaped the early Pentecostal movement, and the modern charismatic movement.

She formed the spirituality that formed me. She changed the world. Who am I to even think of defending her? By any standards, she was one of the most powerful preachers, and most influential leaders, of nineteenth-century American evangelicalism. For me to try to defend her ministry would be as ridiculous as a worm trying to defend a lion. She did not often encounter criticism for presuming to preach as a woman, but eventually she wrote a defense of the ministry of women, The Promise of the Father (1859). She argued that it was a clear mark that the gift of the Holy Spirit had come that women as well as men could “prophesy,” which to her meant preach powerfully and evangelistically to spread the gospel. In the face of so evident a work of the Spirit as was seen in her life, who am I to even consider the question of whether God had called her to preach? It would be offensive, presumptuous——approaching blasphemous—... Continue next page 6

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to even accept that the question can be asked.And then there’s Catherine Booth. And Mary Dyer. And Catherine of Sienna. And Mother Julian. And Rose Clapham, all-but forgotten, whose first sermon, preached when she was 18, saw 700 miners converted to Christ. Defend that? Why? There’s a thousand stories like it that I know. Ten thousand times ten thousand that have gone untold, no doubt. As it is, no. I can’t defend their ministries. I am not worthy to. I will continue to fight sexism and bad teaching wherever I see it. I will continue to explain, as well as I can, the truth of Scripture, that it is a crucial mark of the Kingdom that God calls women and men indifferently to every ministry. I want to give more time in coming months and years to tracing the real harm that bad theologies of gender do. I might even write my big book on a theology of gender one of these years. But I’m not going to try to illuminate the sun. And I’m not going to try to dampen the sea. And I’m not, any longer, going to try to defend the ministry of women in the church. About the author. Steve Holmes, is a Baptist minister, currently teaching theology at St Mary’s College, St Andrews, Scotland. It is written from a different denominational perspective, yet it hits close home, as our own denomination was impacted by a ministry of a woman in the 19th century, preaching, writing, communicating during the same era. Ellen White’s impact is even greater than that of Phoebe Palmer, by the sheer volume of books and testimonies to the fastest growing Christian movement, the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

_______________________________________ Avoiding Chicken To Avoid Bladder Infections By Michael Greger M.D.

Where do bladder infections come from? Back in the 1970's, longitudinal studies of women over time showed that the movement of rectal bacteria up into the vaginal area preceded the appearance of those same types of bacteria in the urethra before they were

able to infect the bladder, but it would be another 25 years before genetic fingerprinting techniques were able to confirm this so-called fecal-perinealurethral theory, indicating that indeed it's the E.coli strains residing in the rectal flora that serve as a reservoir for urinary tract infections But it would be another 15 years still before we tracked it back another step and figured out where that rectal reservoir of bladder infecting E.coli was coming from chicken. Researchers were able to capture these extraintestinal (meaning outside of the gut), pathogenic, disease-causing E. coli straight from the slaughterhouse, to the meat, to the urine specimens obtained infected women. We now have "proof of a direct link between farm animals, meat, and bladder infections," solid evidence that urinary tract infections can be a zoonosis. Urinary tract infections are an animal to human disease. And we're talking millions of women infected a year costing over a billion dollars. Even worse, the detection of multidrug resistant strains of E. coli in chicken meat resistant to some of our most powerful antibiotics. The best way to prevent bladder infections is the same way you best prevent all types of infections, by not getting infected in the first place. It's not in all meat equally—beef and pork appear significantly less likely to harbour bladder-infecting strains than chicken. Can't you just use a meat thermometer and cook chicken thoroughly? We've known for 36 years that it's not always the meat, but the cross-contamination. If you give people frozen chickens naturally contaminated with antibiotic resistant E. coli, let people prepare and cook it in their own kitchen as they normally would poof--the bacteria ends up in their rectum ready to cause trouble. In fact, 5 different strains of antibiotic resistant E coli jumped from the chicken to the volunteer. And they know it was cross-contamination because the jump happened after the animal was prepared but before it was eaten. Not only did it not matter how well the chicken was cooked, it doesn't even matter if you eat any! It's the bringing of the contaminated carcass into the home and handling it. Within days, the drug resistant chicken bacteria had multiplied to the point of becoming a major part of the person's fecal flora. Here's all this drug resistant bacteria colonizing this person's colon, yet the person hadn't taken any antibiotics—it's the chickens who were given the drugs. That's why the industry shouldn't be routinely feeding chickens antibiotics by the millions of pounds a year. It can end up selecting for end amplifying

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superbugs that may end up in your body. What if you're really careful in the kitchen? The effectiveness of hygiene procedures for prevention of cross-contamination from chicken carcasses in the domestic kitchen. They went into five dozen homes, gave them each a chicken and asked them to cook it. I expected to read that they inoculated the carcass with a specific number of bacteria to ensure everyone got a contaminated bird, but no. They realized that fecal contamination of chicken carcasses was so common that they just went to the store and bought any random chicken. After they were done cooking it, there was bacteria from chicken feces—salmonella, campylobacter— both serious human pathogens, everywere, on the cutting board, utensils, on their hands, on the fridge handle, cupboard, oven handle doorknob. But this was before they cleaned up. What about after cleaning? Still pathogenic fecal bacteria everywhere. OK, fine, obviously people don't know what they're doing, so they took another group of people and gave them specific instructions. After you cook the chicken you have to wash everything with hot water and detergent, they were told specifically to wash the cutting board, knobs on the sink, the faucet, the fridge, the doorknobs, everything. The researchers still found pathogenic fecal bacteria everywhere. Fine. Last group. This time they were going to insist that people bleach everything. The dishcloth was immersed in bleach disinfectant and then they sprayed the bleach on all those surfaces. Let the bleach disinfectant sit there for 5 minutes. And still they found campylobacter and salmonella on some utensils, a dishcloth, the counter around the sink and the cupboard. Definitely better, but still, unless our kitchen is like some biohazard lab, the only way to guarantee we're not going to leave infection around the kitchen is to not bring it into the house in the first place. The good news is that it's not like you eat chicken once and you're colonized for life. In this study the chicken bacteria only seemed to last about 10 days. The problem is that people tend to eat chicken more than once every ten days so they were constantly introducing these chicken pathogens into their system. For example if you start feeding people only sterilized meat that's been boiled for an hour, within 3 weeks there's a 500 fold drop in the number of antibioticresistant bacteria passing through their bodies.

Do we want our children to become Adventist? A reasonable chance exist if out kids go to an Adventist school!!! A.C..E.S. School Boar d is looking to r aise $15,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. Here is the basic challenge: we are looking for 25 people willing to pledge $50 per month to the A.C.E.S. This goal can be achieved under different scenarios and you could donate once or several times; monthly or yearly; by check or cash; any amount; or a special donation. Other way to see it is 50 people willing to pledge $25 per month. Please, fill out this form and place it on the offering plate. We will contact you regarding how get your pledge to the A.C.E.S. directly. Pledges start in July! Thank you for helping our children to become Adventist ...

For more information, please contact George Perez at 226.212.0200 or

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London Adventurer Club 3rd. Annual Investiture Ceremony , June 22nd. 2013 By Lucy Simoes

The class curriculums are organized around four basic relationship in a child's life: My God - childr en lear n how to build a relationship with God. My Self - each child takes part in activities which help him or her to appreciate and develop his or her own uniqueness. My Family - helps children to understand and participate in positive family relationships. My World - leads children to experience the excitement of the world God has made for them and their responsibility for its care.

Proud adventurers pose for the camera during the celebration.

All of this is done in a fun and nurturing environment by caring and experienced Counselors.

On Sabbath J une 22, 2013 the London Adventur er Club held its 3rd Annual Investiture Ceremony officiated by Sister Velma Morgan, Executive Coordinator for Adventurer Ministries. A total of 25 Adventurers were present to receive their certificates and pins: 6 Little Lambs, 6 Eager Beaver, 3 Busy Bee, 4 Sunbeam, 2 Builder and 4 Helping Hand. The Club started out 3 years ago under the Directorship of Lucy Simoes with approximately 13 members and has grown steadily over the last 3 years with 10 of the 25 members now coming from our community. To commemorate the club's 3rd anniversary, Lucy Simoes presented each Counselor with a Certificate of Appreciation for their individual efforts, support and contributions to the club. Parents of the Year Award was presented to Etta and Ernest Eccles for their support and participation. The highlight of the ceremony were the sermonettes based on the Kings and Queens of the Bible written by Pastor Alex Golovenko, and presented by the Builder and Helping Hands classes.

3rd. Annual Investiture Ceremony God willing a new session will commence in early September of this year and registration will be held towards the end of August.

All children 4-9 years of age as of September 2013 are welcome to attend.

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Local and District schedule of speakers, July 2013 Local District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, London ON SABBATH WORSHIP SPEAKERS @

Date Saturday 11 am

London South 805 Shelborne Street

Spanish* 649 King Street

July 6

Cameron Munro

George Perez

July 13

Mike Keim

Gloria Alvir

July 20

Alex Golovenko When church has no answer

Andres Perez

July 27

Alex Golovenko Facing end-time deceptions

Rene Lopez

* Spanish services are bi-lingual, with translation to English available

Mid-week Prayer meeting at 805 Shelborne Street Wednesdays at 7 pP.M. London (South) Seventh-day Adventist Church July 3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31

Simone Biggs Wholeness, personal and corporate Jack Polihronov The gift of forgiveness Lo Richards VBS volunteers, and attendees Clara Baptiste Seeking God’s favor

Alex Golovenko Reclaiming our Young Adults

Western Ontario District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches Saturday 11 am

SABBATH WORSHIP SPEAKERS @ Sarnia 1620 Modeland Road

St. Thomas 380 Manor Road

Windsor 5350 Haig Avenue

Windsor Spanish 3325 Walker Rd

Woodstock 594754 Oxford Road

July 6

Fred Stele

Rod Davis

Dwayne Rugless

Jorge Robletto

Karl Nickol

July 13

Ron Halverson

George Perez

Anne Kukucka

Luis Capote

Rod Davis

July 20

Fred Stele

Rod Davis

Dr. Bruce Moyer

outdoors fellowship

Robert Robichaud

July 27

Fred Stele

Jeff Gunn

Marian Kossovan

Zak Sayed

Rod Davis

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