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

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

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

On Monday, February 27, 2017, at Andrews University, Dr. Randall W. Younker, professor of Archaeology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, presented a lecture on the topic of “Archaeology, Women and the Early Church.”  Below is a summary of Younker's findings, which he plans to publish later in a series of articles. Initially inspired