October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

Worship: Hymn 212 – Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come; Hymn 366 – O Where Are the Reapers; Handout – Hold Out Your Light Guillermo “Billy” Biaggi, vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spoke briefly about the gatekeepers of 1 Chronicles 26, noting their leadership role in biblical times: they were assigned the treasures of the hous

Trust and the Body of Christ

Trust and the Body of Christ

As the Adventist Church faces an ongoing dispute about how to relate to differences in polity and organization, I think that the following questions are quite revealing, and are answered similarly by those on the right and left of the church: 1. Do you trust God? 2. Do you trust Christ? 3. Do you trust the body of Christ? Wait, you say, that third

Oakwood University Gets High Marks

Oakwood University Gets High Marks

Oakwood University, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary school in Huntsville, Alabama, that serves the African-American community, is the eighth-best of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to the ratings website BestColleges.com.   The term “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” refers to schools organized be

An Invitation to Uplift Jesus (A Statement from the General Conference Executive Leadership and Division Presidents)

An Invitation to Uplift Jesus (A Statement from the General Conference Executive Leadership and Division Presidents)

To honor and exalt Jesus is the foundational commitment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and undergirds its prophetic message expressed in the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. Salvation by Faith alone leading to a life of discipleship to Jesus is the goal of our mission. As we proclaim the three angels’ messages let us make sure that Christ stands at the

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

10.11 Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note

10.11 Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note

The last day of the 2017 Annual Council was filled with inspiration. It truly brought this year’s meetings to an end in a positive and uplifting way. Elder Wilson's introduction to the morning worship set the tone for the day. He informed the delegates that Wayne Blakely, the speaker from Coming Out Ministries, was uniquely positioned to help the c