The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

Seeing Things as God Sees Hebrews 11:1 provides the most concise yet comprehensive definition for “faith” in the entire Bible:   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (NASB).   Over the years, I have heard many alternative definitions. With rare exceptions, none of them contradicted the aforeme

Redefining “The Patience of the Saints”

Redefining “The Patience of the Saints”

I anticipate that some hairs might stand on end in reaction to the title of this article. Anyone who may have the instinct to warn me against rewriting Revelation 14:12, or any portion of John’s Apocalypse, would stand on legitimate ground.[1]   I assure you that I stand on the same ground and am emphatically uninterested in and unworthy to ch

Big Trick, No Treat

Big Trick, No Treat

October 31 holds great significance for many Christians including Seventh-day Adventists. The anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany is imminent. To say that this was a major pivot point in ecclesiastical alteration is a major understatement. Last year was the landmark quincentennial, and though 501

Global Evangelism, Integrity Dual Themes of October 16 Annual Council Sessions

Global Evangelism, Integrity Dual Themes of October 16 Annual Council Sessions

BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN — Dual themes of mission outreach and organizational integrity were presented to delegates at the 2018 Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist world church on October 16.   Featured presentations included Adventist Health System, the church's Hope Channel broadcasting network, and the General Conference Auditing Serv

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — Having dealt with a controversial "compliance document" on the first day of the 2018 Annual Council, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church focused on outreach on several fronts during the Monday, October 15, session. Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference, r

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

The recent 2018 conference of the 1888 Message Study Committee offered a rich assortment of messages designed to strengthen the faith of believers in what Ellen G. White called "a most precious message." In the first installment of my report on this event, I gave a general overview of the sessions presented. In this installment, I will employ a mor

Why a 130-Year-Old Event Still Impacts Adventism: Inside the 1888 Message Study Committee Conference of 2018

Why a 130-Year-Old Event Still Impacts Adventism: Inside the 1888 Message Study Committee Conference of 2018

Some 130 years after the General Conference session of 1888 sent shockwaves throughout the Seventh-day Adventist world, what Ellen White called “a most precious message,” delivered at that historic event, is still having an impact on the movement.   As many as 300 people gathered recently in Berrien Springs, Michigan—this author’s front yard,