GC Blog Day 3 (Sabbath, July 4): From the Sabbath Sofa to an Ebola Hospital

GC Blog Day 3 (Sabbath, July 4): From the Sabbath Sofa to an Ebola Hospital

It was a blessed Sabbath in the Alamodome as Adventist mission was the resounding message in every program. Sabbath School was taught by Gary Krause from Adventist Mission and the directors from the Institute of World Mission. The mission feature for Sabbath School caught me a bit off guard: an emphasis on deaf ministries, and the announcement that

Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

There are three reasons why I am an outsider to the women’s ordination (WO) debate. First, as a man, my perspective is distinctly limited. Second, I am not a theologian. Third, I live in a context that makes the WO debate seem pedantic. The last point will be the focus of this blog. I serve as the country director for an International Non-Governmen

GC Blog Intro: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

GC Blog Intro: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Five years ago, I was preparing myself for my first General Conference Session. Our family had recently moved from Salt Lake City to Detroit in order to take up duties in the area of international student ministry with CAMPUS. While I spent most of my time during GC in the exhibit hall working two ministry booths, I left with the sense that a signi

GC Blog Intro: Session Overview

GC Blog Intro: Session Overview

It’s Wednesday here in San Antonio, and final preparations for this year’s General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are underway. Registration has opened for more than 2,500 delegates and special guests from all over the world who will be serving as representatives of the church. Every day there will be exciting things happening that will affec

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot