A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

The question before us is what is the best way to persuade people to choose Jesus in volatile cultures and contexts? Sadly, it seems the United States has become a volatile context in our increasingly polarized political, social, and moral discourse. Our attention as Americans has again been fixated upon tragic events, this time in Charlottesville,

The Compass Headlines 08-13-2017

The Compass Headlines 08-13-2017

Seventh-day Gay Adventists Criticized by a Catholic Magazine The Crisis Magazine, a Catholic publication, has called out the Seventh-day Gay Adventists documentary and its proponents for their lack of biblical fidelity. Regis Nicol writes, "the film promotes a revisionist exegesis of Scripture—namely, that biblical injunctions against homosexuality

ASI 2017 Report

ASI 2017 Report

Adventist Laymen’s Service and Industries, more commonly known as ASI, held its annual convention over the weekend of August 2-5, 2017. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, the plenary sessions, seminars, and booths all centered around the convention’s theme: Called. Chosen. Committed.   The convention included insp

2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

It's Sabbath evening (August 4) in Valencia and there is an atmosphere of celebration. Seven young people have decided to publicly commit their lives to God and were baptized. The entire program was filled with supportive shouts and cheerful clapping.   The praise and worship team led the congregation using a balanced mix of hymns and contempo

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

The second full day (third overall, including the first evening) I faced a real struggle at AYC2017. For those of us lacking a regular intense workout, AYC2017’s full schedule, including an early morning exercise routine, gave my leg muscles some painful aches. A reminder to keep our whole being in service! What my condition meant, however, contrib

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

Sunny Valencia, in Spain, in August. A perfect location to begin friendships for a lifetime, and hopefully begin a life changing journey for Jesus. This is what the organizers of the European Adventist Youth Congress 2017 (AYC2017) are hoping for this week. In an environment both literally and metaphorically warm, the offer was impossible to turn d

The Compass Headlines 07-27-2017

The Compass Headlines 07-27-2017

Are we Guilty of Capricious Compassion? Ever been on a short-term mission trip overseas? Richard Stearns sees this as "capricious compassion” and argues for longterm focus to ensure true transformation. For your church’s next mission-trip, ask if there are coordinated and sustained efforts to ensure longterm changes in the community you are about t

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