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

The Church Is in Good Hands

The Church Is in Good Hands

I've heard it all. The church is going to split. The next thing to happen will be gay marriage in the church. After that, the Sabbath will not matter. Conferences will leave the fold. Tithe might be garnished to stay within a conference if women’s ordination doesn’t pass. Add to those much-gossiped fears a few varieties of creative theology, and yo

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

I can still remember my mother reading to me from the book Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson’s chronicle of his rise from the ghettos of Detroit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. It was a story so powerful that it resonated with even me: a white kid in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The book’s likely