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, informed by reading the scriptures, over the dictates of church rules and regulations. Read scripture and make your own mind up. This, in its turn, opened the door in the 17th and 18th centuries to Enlightenment notions of human liberty, free speech and even human rights, all of which today shape Europe. Our ability to read the word of God and reject it out of hand comes from Luther—an outcome he could not have foreseen and which would surely horrify him.”
Read more here.
New Study Confirms Ellen G. White’s View of Early Childhood Training
Study now confirms that we are sending children to school way to early and it is detrimental to a child’s success. Researchers from Stanford University suggest that Danish children who delayed one year before starting kindergarten had increased levels of self-control, and therefore, better chances of doing well in school. Read more here. The conclusion of this study confirms Ellen G. White’s view of early childhood training.
“Do not send your little ones away to school too early. The mother should be careful how she trusts the molding of the infant mind to other hands. Parents ought to be the best teachers of their children until they have reached eight or ten years of age. Their schoolroom should be the open air, amid the flowers and birds, and their textbook the treasure of nature. As fast as their minds can comprehend it, the parents should open before them God’s great book of nature. These lessons, given amid such surroundings, will not soon be forgotten. Great pains should be taken to prepare the soil of the heart for the Sower to scatter the good seed. If half the time and labor that is now worse than wasted in following the fashions of the world, were devoted to the cultivation of the minds of the children, to the formation of correct habits, a marked change would be apparent in families” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, pp. 156, 157).
“Believe his prophets, so you shall prosper.” 2 Chronicles 20:20
Pope Francis Apologizes for the Church’s role in Rwanda Genocide
At the invitation of the Vatican, the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, attended the 30 min meeting with Pope Francis to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Pope Francis took the opportunity to apologize for the church’s role in Rwanda Genocide that claimed over 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis. Read more here.
First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident at John Hopkins’ Hospital
The first black female neurosurgeon resident at John Hopkins’ Hospital is a Seventh-day Adventist named Nancy Abu-Bonsrah. You can read more about here acceptance into the prestigious residency program here.