Millennial Adventists Who Identify as ‘Liberal’ Reject ‘Traditional’ Evangelistic Series Messaging, Survey Says

Millennial Adventists Who Identify as ‘Liberal’ Reject ‘Traditional’ Evangelistic Series Messaging, Survey Says

Young adult Seventh-day Adventists – whose place in the 18-to-34 age group is typically referred to as the millennial generation – aren't much interested in traditional Adventist evangelistic lecture themes, a new survey revealed April 19.   Only 21 percent of millennials who identified themselves as theologically "liberal" agreed with the sta

Women: You Are Being Called

Women: You Are Being Called

I remember the General Conference vote in San Antonio, Texas—the 1,381 No votes to the 977 Yes votes. I remember my friends and I prayerfully awaiting the church’s reaction to the Women’s Ordination decision—especially considering how much emotion had been invested in it. We had friends and family who fell on both sides of the debate, and much pray

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

The question before us is what is the best way to persuade people to choose Jesus in volatile cultures and contexts? Sadly, it seems the United States has become a volatile context in our increasingly polarized political, social, and moral discourse. Our attention as Americans has again been fixated upon tragic events, this time in Charlottesville,

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

Southern Baptist Convention Rattled by Racism Throughout this past week, the Southern Baptist Convention was rattled this week with a resolution condemning white supremacy in the church.  However, by Thursday afternoon, a vote broke through that condemned the “anti-gospel, alt-right, white supremacy” movement. For more on race relations and the Chr

Revisiting Postmodernism: A Book Review

Revisiting Postmodernism: A Book Review

Revisiting Postmodernism: An Old Debate on a New Era is a collection of papers presented at The First Symposium on Postmodern Sensitive Mission held in 2012 at Andrews University (Michigan). The articles, written from a variety of perspectives, offer the reader a good grasp of the intellectual and cultural shift called “postmodernism” (including ba

The Loss in our Calling

The Loss in our Calling

Calling is a word I’ve heard thrown around a lot, particularly in the last few years while studying at the Seminary. And often-times two things appear to accompany this concept: an aura of confidence, and a feeling of being led by God (the former being a result of the latter). But there is more to being called than this, and it is something we don’

Sharing Space in the Sandbox

Sharing Space in the Sandbox

I am a counselor living in the southern United States, and have been directly involved with my community for over 20 years. In my work, I come across a wide swath of people—many of whom consider themselves “Christian,” but are from other denominations besides Adventism. Several years ago, my wife sent me an e-mail that first made me laugh, then mad