NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Sabbath Divine Service

NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Sabbath Divine Service

November 2 Divine Service On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the North American Division President, Dan Jackson, preached for the Sabbath service during the North American Year-End Meetings. His sermon was based on Isaiah and the promise of comfort and hope given to a people in distress. In light of his retirement next summer, Jackson began his sermon

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

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

Charlottesville, the Border Wall, and the Third Angels Message: Part 1

The late U.S. presidential historian Theodore White once wrote that America is “the only peaceful multi-racial civilization in the world”,[1] though exactly how “peaceful” is a question of considerable debate in light of both history and the continuing crisis of race in the United States of America.  But White is indisputably correct that the uniqu

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

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

First, I want to thank the staff of Compass magazine for allowing the publication of this series on this all-important topic.  It is fair to say that not many opportunities of this nature, in a setting such as this, have been available to proponents of Last Generation Theology in recent decades within the church.  The reasons why may be interesting

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

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Those who are devoid of purpose will make the void their purpose. - Friedrich Nietzche   In the last two articles, we explored a meaningful way to approach creation with emerging post-church culture. We have seen that in our contemporary age, two approaches to human origin exist. One is the modernist approach that places its faith in science a

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in… but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted. – Jean Paul Sartre   In his debate with Ken Ham, American television presenter Bill Nye opened his remarks saying, “Here tonight we’re going to have two stories. And we can compare Mr. Ham’s story to the story fr