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

The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

Alvin Plantinga is the 2017 Templeton Prize Winner It has been over a century since Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead.”  Is God really dead?  Well, not according to Alvin Plantinga, a world-renowned Christian philosopher with the Dutch Calvin heritage.  He is credited to be "the man who brought belief in God back into the study of phil

Laughing at the Funeral

Laughing at the Funeral

My daughter is 12, and her mother and I try to keep up with everything she’s reading, which means that we’re both reading a lot of children’s/preteen literature. As I began to preview the choices of teen/youth/young adult literature, I came to a startling conclusion: one of the most popular genres was dystopian fiction—stories that detail how the f

Up In Smoke

Up In Smoke

I'm not sure if smoking cigarettes will send me to hell, but the habit has most certainly turned my life into hell on earth. For most addicts, life is anything but good, yet people are so quick to criticize and ostracize those suffering with substance abuse, as if they are evil. My story is not to prove to you why I smoked, but simply to explain th

Sharing Your Talent

Sharing Your Talent

The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. "Sir," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made." His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have shown you are trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happ

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Living in a technology-focused era, our daily connection with the earth has dwindled. These days, we spend far more time indoors than outdoors, becoming attached to indoor fulfillments. In the world today, we are faced with many environmental issues and problems. Some of these include natural resources provided by the environment to provide food fo

Adventist Health Professionals Provide Care to Michigan Refugees

Adventist Health Professionals Provide Care to Michigan Refugees

On August 12 and the 14th, several dentists from across the state of Michigan provided humanitarian service to the refugee community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event was referred to as a refugee dental expo. Refugees from various counties, as well as several residents from Michigan received services. Service providers were dentists and nutritio

Diet and Character Development

Diet and Character Development

The recent evidence evaluation and announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat adds to numerous studies suggesting a vegetarian lifestyle as a better dietary option. A simple Google search comparison of the scholarly interest in vegetarianism between 2000 and 2015 suggests a threefold increas

Diet and Mental Health

Diet and Mental Health

In 1905, Ellen G. White said that “diet materially affects the mind and disposition” (Adventist Home, p. 252). Given her level of education and lack of scientific background, few people paid attention to her statement. It would take another century before we could fully appreciate her timeless words. The Surprising Connection Between Brain and Gut