Martyrdom and Witnessing

Martyrdom and Witnessing

The recent news of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) beheading 21 Coptic Christian men renews the profound discussion of martyrdom and witnessing. The Greek word martus implies a witness. The term first appeared in Christian literature in reference to the apostles as the first “witnesses” to the life, works, death, and resurrection of Jesus Ch

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 78 percent of Americans have a positive view of the current pope. It is no surprise that ever since the House Speaker, John Boehner, announced Pope Francis’s agreement to speak to a joint U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, there seems to be a “Francis Effect” taking place both in U.S. politics and among

Review and Herald Shuts Down Hagerstown Operations

Review and Herald Shuts Down Hagerstown Operations

The Review and Herald Publishing Association closed its Hagerstown, Maryland, facility to the public last Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the restructuring of Adventist publishing in North America. Though the building is no longer open for business, several employees will remain on the job for the next few weeks to finish shipping out

Women’s Ordination:  Events, Video, and Concerns

Women’s Ordination: Events, Video, and Concerns

As the Seventh-day Adventist Church prepares for the 60th General Conference Session this summer in San Antonio, July 2-11, the biggest issue on most people’s minds is the subject of women’s ordination. Currently, various interest groups are voicing their opinions. Last fall, we reported about the "Women’s Ordination Symposium" by the Secrets Unsea

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

Once again, religious liberty is in the crossfire. The firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his personal views on homosexuality has reignited the debate about religious vs. sexual liberty. But who defines freedom and its limitations? Has religious liberty become a relic of the past? Has it become a “myth,” an “impossibility,” or a “trag

Compass Connects With Young Adults at GYC 2014

Compass Connects With Young Adults at GYC 2014

The Compass Magazine attended its first GYC (Generation. Youth. Christ.) conference in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 31 to January 4. With approximately 5,000 attendees, most of them youth and young adults, GYC was an ideal venue for getting the word out about what this new web ministry has to offer. “People were generally interested in Compass a

Newsweek Cover Story Blasts Reliability of Bible

Newsweek Cover Story Blasts Reliability of Bible

Newsweek magazine starts 2015 attacking the veracity of the Bible. The magazine's cover story for January 2015—“The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin”—attempts to show the illegitimacy of the Bible as a trustworthy and divinely inspired book. While acknowledging the historicity of the Sabbath (Saturday) and its subsequent change to Sunday, Newswee