Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Introduction In 2001 when I arrived at the General Conference to begin representing the world church to the U.S. Government, I knew two things: First, religious freedom is a tremendous blessing given by God, and it is the unique responsibility of Adventists to defend it publicly. In so doing, we don’t only preserve a fundamental human right, we are

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Sam Leonor (Part 2a)

The One Project: In Their Own Words – Pastor Sam Leonor (Part 2a)

  When trying to determine what to ask the founders about their views and their ministry, I first thought of compiling a list of questions and asking each one the same thing. After thinking about it, I realized that it would be tedious for the readers to read slight variations of answers on the same topic, so I decided to go with a different a

Life Changing Power (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #13)

Life Changing Power (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #13)

I lived my entire life as an atheist before I first stepped foot into a Sabbath keeping church. I never went to church on Sunday, so it was not difficult for me to make any traditional transitions in going to church on Saturday. I was led out of atheism first by the book Steps to Christ, which led me to read the gospels, where my mind was totally b

The Compass Headlines 03-24-2017

The Compass Headlines 03-24-2017

Martin Luther: A Hero of Liberty and Freedom of Speech Championed by Martin Luther, October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In recognition of his many contributions, Peter Stanford of The Guardian highlights two major areas—human liberty and freedom of speech. He writes, "For Luther championed conscience

On Being Perfect

On Being Perfect

In Matthew 5:48 Jesus utters this short, symmetric, and straightforward command: “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (ESV) Somewhat ironically, the linguistic simplicity and clarity of this statement appears to be in contrast with the depth and ambiguity of its meaning. We understand that God is perfect, and that we

Reasons Why I Love the Sabbath (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #11)

Reasons Why I Love the Sabbath (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #11)

Growing up I only looked forward to Sabbath to see my friends. One of my fondest memories of the Sabbath when I was younger,was my seventh birthday. I was so facinated with the idea that not only was I turning seven, but that it was also the seventh day of the week.  Thankfully, I've grown to love the Sabbath for better reasons than that. As we get

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

A fond word in our so-called Post-modern age is “Relevance.” One way to understand this phenomenon is to see as one of its underlying tenets, that somehow what we already have is in a certain sense antiquated, or more benignly culturally inappropriate. With the advent of a highly technological society of smartphones, hybrid electric cars, touch scr

Rest from the Rat Race and Job Chase (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #10)

Rest from the Rat Race and Job Chase (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #10)

Tuesday morning was just getting started and I was already longing for Sabbath. No, I wasn’t having a stressful day at work, nor did feel a need to break from the hassle of a corporate job. It was worse than that. My mind had become a battle field in which faith was mightily fighting against despair, unbelief and discouragement. Seven months had pa