October 14, 2019 Annual Council Report (Monday Business Sessions)

October 14, 2019 Annual Council Report (Monday Business Sessions)

  Morning Business Session, Presided by Ella Simmons, General Conference Vice President Ted Wilson noted that the previous day’s motion to table the motion created confusion. He explained that the voted Rules of Order (6th edition) currently in effect are not consistently followed in all their technical language by all unions. While the voting

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

The late U.S. presidential historian Theodore White once wrote that America is “the only peaceful multi-racial civilization in the world”,[1] though exactly how “peaceful” is a question of considerable debate in light of both history and the continuing crisis of race in the United States of America.  But White is indisputably correct that the uniqu

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

Following Sabbath lunch on October 19, the final breakout sessions of the Jesus and Politics conference included a panel entitled, “Jesus among the Social Issue Activists.” The panel was chaired by conference-organizer Michael Nixon, Andrews University VP for Diversity. On the panel were Claudia Allen, PhD Student and content manager of Messsage Ma

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

Opening Remarks The Jesus and Politics conference, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and religious liberty issues panel, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict, was convened on the morning of October 18 by conference-organizer Melissa Reid, NAD Associate PARL. Todd McFarland of the GC PARL opened the proceedings with an explanati

October 17-19,2019 Daniel 11 Conference

October 17-19,2019 Daniel 11 Conference

On October 17–19, The Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan hosted the 2019 Daniel 11 Prophecy Conference. This recently established, now annual event seeks to promote healthy dialogue, utilize the “many heads are better than one” principle within the context of humbly pleading for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and inch ev

Follow to Know the Lord

Follow to Know the Lord

A Message to the Young and Old I am glad to have the privilege of meeting with those that have gathered here today. I feel an earnest desire that every one of you shall be victorious in the struggle against evil. For many years I have been laboring for the salvation of souls. I began this work at a very early age, and all through my life the Lord h

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

First, I want to thank the staff of Compass magazine for allowing the publication of this series on this all-important topic.  It is fair to say that not many opportunities of this nature, in a setting such as this, have been available to proponents of Last Generation Theology in recent decades within the church.  The reasons why may be interesting

Surprises in the Numbers: The Adventist Church in Review

Surprises in the Numbers: The Adventist Church in Review

When church administrators gathered in 2013 to review the results of the first Global Church Member Survey, they expected to find some areas of concern, particularly in regard to doctrine. They weren’t surprised to find a subset of Adventists, especially in Western countries, expressing doubts about a recent six-day creation, Ellen White’s propheti

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Those who are devoid of purpose will make the void their purpose. - Friedrich Nietzche   In the last two articles, we explored a meaningful way to approach creation with emerging post-church culture. We have seen that in our contemporary age, two approaches to human origin exist. One is the modernist approach that places its faith in science a

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character