Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Pope Francis will make an “apostolic journey” to the United States Sept. 22-27, where he will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The infographic below highlights key events on the papal itinerary. Seventh-day Adventists, who see prophetic significance in the pope’s increasing influence over world affairs, have planned sev

The One Project: In Search of Community

The One Project: In Search of Community

Sunday at 1:1 Boulder was a full day, with six presentations, six “Recalibrate” discussions, and three Q&A sessions. Our Recalibrate group retained the same core participants throughout the day, and things went more smoothly as we got to know each other better. A few noteworthy points and quotes from today’s presentations: Peter (Japhet De Oliv

The One Project: Yes, It Can Be Controversial

The One Project: Yes, It Can Be Controversial

From all the hype I’d heard about the One project, I was expecting one of two things from this weekend (or perhaps some of both): 1. the most profoundly moving and challenging spiritual experience of my life; or 2. some sort of candlelight meditation where we sit in a circle with eyes closed and chant in unison. What I have found so far is neither,

Let’s Talk About Jesus

Let’s Talk About Jesus

I spent several evenings last week at Vacation Bible School, teaching Bible stories to groups of children. On Wednesday I started out: “Today’s story is about my favorite person to talk about in the whole Bible. Can anyone guess who that is?” “Queen Esther!” shouted a cherub-faced girl with curly blond hair. “Jonah!” guessed someone else. “Nope,” I

100 Years Ago Today: Ellen G. White’s Funeral

100 Years Ago Today: Ellen G. White’s Funeral

When Ellen White died in July 1915, three funerals and a graveside service memorialized her life of ministry. An estimated 5,400 people attended these services. The first funeral was held July 18 on the lawn at her home in California, known as Elmshaven. A second was held the next day in Oakland, California. The third and largest service was held o

What Do Adventists Believe Now?

What Do Adventists Believe Now?

Last week the General Conference (GC) in session approved numerous edits to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s statement of fundamental beliefs. Since the Adventist Church website has not yet posted the updated document, we’ve combed through the session proceedings to bring you an unofficial version of the new wording. (Update – Dec. 14, 2015: The

Who’s Representing Me at GC Session?

Who’s Representing Me at GC Session?

If you want to know how the 2,566 delegates for the 2015 General Conference (GC) session are apportioned worldwide, you can wade through the official explanation, which seeks to distill the exceedingly complex formula in the GC Constitution. If you prefer a quick graphical breakdown of delegates’ gender and age and the geographic regions they repre

Ellen White 100 Years Later

Ellen White 100 Years Later

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ellen G. White's death on July 16, 1915. Her writings are still read and loved by many around the world, yet she also has critics both inside and outside the church. Some Adventists ignore her counsels, while others tend to uplift her writings above Scripture. One hundred years after her death, what is Ellen

Compass + Twitter = Relevant News

Compass + Twitter = Relevant News

Religious freedom vs. gay rights. Creation vs. evolution. Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the White House. What the Adventist Health Study reveals about vegetarian diets. Why young people are leaving the church. All these topics and more have appeared on The Compass Magazine's Twitter feed in the past few days. Follow us to keep on top of relevant

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

Vaccines have been in the news more than usual, thanks in part to the recent Disneyland measles outbreak, in which one person with the highly contagious disease started a chain that has sickened 142 people so far. The incident has brought widely divergent viewpoints over vaccination into the spotlight. Though the vast majority of Americans vaccinat