Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

I do not enjoy discussing or talking about the question of women’s ordination publicly, as it always seems to stir up unpleasant conversations these days, and I dislike controversies with my fellow believers and friends, with whom I so often agree. Nevertheless, the issue is upon us, and so I’ve decided to offer a few words about why, sadly, I fear

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

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

As the world church nears its 60th General Conference Session, the subject of women’s ordination keeps getting louder and louder (did we forget about another crucial vote on Fundamental Belief #6, about creation?). A plethora of materials (I won’t even attempt to catalog all of them) from both pro and anti camps are circulating via the mail and the

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts, is one of Seventh-day Adventism’s most popular televangelists. He emphasizes end-time prophecy and champions conservative views on issues such as jewelry and women’s ordination, to the delight of his 75,000-plus Facebook followers. On March 18, 2014, those faithful followers’ world slid off its axi

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

In his commentary Luke for Everyone, N.T. Wright shares an anecdote, perhaps apocryphal though repeated by many, about the Russian Orthodox Church during pre-communist Russia. Apparently, in October of 1917, a contentious, drawn-out debate broke out among the church’s leadership during its synod in Moscow. What was it about? The color of clerical v

GC Session 2015 Daily Program Announced

GC Session 2015 Daily Program Announced

The opening business meeting of the 60th General Conference Session will begin Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 8:30 am, local time. The closing meeting will end on Saturday night, July 11, 2015. On Wednesday, July 8, the whole day will be dedicated to the discussion and vote on women's ordination. Follow the link below to see the entire schedule: http:/

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

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

In conveying His message, God uses not only human beings but also human language. And both are imperfect. How do these imperfect vehicles affect God's perfect message? 1. An Imperfect Messenger The fact that prophets were called "holy men of God" (2 Peter 1:21)* neither means they were sinless nor prevents us from recognizing their weaknesses as hu