October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

  Session presided by Artur A. Stele, General Conference Vice President Selected Reports on Mission G.T. Ng, Secretary of the General Conference Ng offered a brief historical incursion into the value Adventist pioneers placed on foreign missions. From the early phase of its existence, the Adventist church had a foreign mission board, chaired b

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

"If we distance ourselves and our point of view, a culture will always look peculiar to us." — Shahar Fisher We are nearly ready to begin reimagining Adventism. So far, we have seen three very important points that call us to reimagine our evangelistic approach. The first is that the secular mind is immersed in absurdity—an experience most people o

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

“Fundamentalists live life with an exclamation point. I prefer to live my life with a question mark.” — Amos Oz   The state of absurdity (the tension between meaninglessness and meaning) is a very real experience that must be understood and appreciated by Adventists if we wish to develop a meaningful approach to evangelism in the secular spher

Proof-texts in Context, Part 8: Unity

Proof-texts in Context, Part 8: Unity

The eighth installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #14—Unity in the Body of Christ. It’s not much of a stretch to say that, considering the current tensions and conflicts in our church, this topic is of herculean magnitude, more so now than in any other generation. For those who would like a more detailed syno

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

  At the Create Conference, Pastor Alex Bryan called upon the audience to learn from a Vietnam war POW’s (prisoner of war) ability to face the brutal facts of his/her circumstances to survive. We begin part two of this article by drawing some key lessons from that war to understand the nature of the war over the local church. As the war in Vie

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Prologue If you have ever made a call for tithes and offerings to support Adventist education at a local church and had a parent come up to you after the service and tearfully describe how they sacrificed to send their precious God-fearing child to an Adventist institution of higher learning and their child came back home to visit at thanksgiving b

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

The gift of faith was the focus of our previous effort in this brief series to address the nature of the global Christian community. Here we begin to look at the connection between the gift of faith we receive as a global community and the nature of that faith expressed in God’s Word that brings disparate minds into the unity of faith and of the kn

Pacific Northwest Churches Hold “World Church Affirmation Sabbath”

Pacific Northwest Churches Hold “World Church Affirmation Sabbath”

  On May 20, 2017, Adventist lay members from across the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) gathered together at the Chewelah and Stateline Seventh-day Adventist churches for an event entitled “World Church Affirmation Sabbath.” The afternoon program included seven presentations loosely organized around the theme of “Forward—With Yesterday in Vie