A. T. Jones: Defender of Religious Liberty

A. T. Jones: Defender of Religious Liberty

The Pentecostal Preacher Alonzo Trevier Jones is known as one of the most powerful preachers ever to grace an Adventist pulpit. His charismatic style made him probably the most influential figure in American Adventism during the 1890s. The Sunday laws passed in the U. S. in the 1880s and 90s also called forth his best efforts to uphold religious li

E. J. Waggoner: The Gospel Doctor

E. J. Waggoner: The Gospel Doctor

The Preacher of Righteousness by Faith E. J. Waggoner's name has become almost synonymous with the famous General Conference Session of 1888. His messages, along with those of A. T. Jones, were highly commended by Ellen White. She made it clear that "the Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

The recent 2018 conference of the 1888 Message Study Committee offered a rich assortment of messages designed to strengthen the faith of believers in what Ellen G. White called "a most precious message." In the first installment of my report on this event, I gave a general overview of the sessions presented. In this installment, I will employ a mor

Why a 130-Year-Old Event Still Impacts Adventism: Inside the 1888 Message Study Committee Conference of 2018

Why a 130-Year-Old Event Still Impacts Adventism: Inside the 1888 Message Study Committee Conference of 2018

Some 130 years after the General Conference session of 1888 sent shockwaves throughout the Seventh-day Adventist world, what Ellen White called “a most precious message,” delivered at that historic event, is still having an impact on the movement.   As many as 300 people gathered recently in Berrien Springs, Michigan—this author’s front yard,