October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

  The first breakout session of the Jesus & Politics conference had an option entitled Jesus and the #MeToo Movement. The section was moderated by Melissa Ponce-Rodas (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Andrews University). Joining her on the panel were Jennifer Jill Schwirzer (Life Coach, Abide Counseling), Erica Jones (Assistant Director

NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Friday Morning Business Session – President’s Report

NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Friday Morning Business Session – President’s Report

November 1 Business Session Dan Jackson began his 10th presidential report by citing God’s promise in Romans 8:32:   He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?   “I have far more hope in 2019 than I had in 2010,” said Jackson in regards to the church growth

October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

Tuesday Morning Business Session, Presided by Billy Biaggi, General Conference Vice President Selected Voted Action: The vote about deleting the paragraph below, which was tabled on Sunday was reopened and voted up with 170 (yes) to 65 (no). As a result, conference presidents from the division in which the annual meetings are held will not have voi

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

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

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

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics,  Pre-Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Pre-Opening Address

  Introduction Attorney James Standish began his address by warning the audience that his presentation may be considered too controversial for some Adventists but he continued by proposing that Christianity as a faith cannot be simply lived out as “private piety” but that it must also impact the public square.   Standish then pointed out

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference President, spoke for the divine service. He noted that October 12 is pastor’s appreciation day and encouraged people to appreciate their pastors. Then he read Ephesians 2:8-10: “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should