Anxious . . . For Nothing?

Anxious . . . For Nothing?

Several years ago we had a woodpecker living in one of the beautiful big pecan trees in our front yard. There’s one thing I know about woodpeckers: they peck wood. So it was no surprise to me to constantly hear this little guy hard at work on my tree. Very rarely did I see him, but I heard him—like a small pernicious jackhammer—destroying my tree.

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. Christ was still a prisoner in His narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place; the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. And there were unseen watchers. Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. H

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

“The Tyger,” quoted above, is a stunning and sublime work of poetry by the English romantic painter, poet, and printmaker William Blake. But beyond its beauty, it probes into one of the most troubling existential questions of life: the dual presence of beauty and horror, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, goodness and viciousness. Though the

Local Healing for a Global Church

Local Healing for a Global Church

A few days ago our nation remembered a grim day in its history. On Sunday, March 7, thousands from across the nation gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate a Sunday 50 years earlier, one that would become known as “Bloody Sunday.” The events of that fateful day when police attacked hundreds of peaceful activists marching across the Edmund Pettu

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

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

In the space of 100 days, more than a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu died during the bloody Rwandan genocide of 1994. In the aftermath of such horrors, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda faced the daunting task of helping church members forgive and reconcile with the killers, some of whom were church leaders. Was the church going to elect