Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) This text by Paul is one of the most contentious in all history. It has been used by court jesters and regime apologists to justify unconditional obedience to government and government policies. At the height o

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Bujumbura, Burundi – Seventh-day Adventist world church president Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson has issued an urgent appeal for prayer following the recent arrest and detention of 22 Adventist leaders and members in the central African nation of Burundi. The arrests were ordered by the national government and follow six months of illegal interference on t

The Book of Daniel in 3D

The Book of Daniel in 3D

Biblical wisdom is commonly misunderstood. The gray-haired may think it is the provenance of living on the planet longer than others, where experience is held up as the criteria for living prudently. The wisdom book Proverbs says it is a “crown of glory”[1] when one has lived a righteous life. Thus, it is the quality of life lived that makes the ag

Adventist Church Helps Secure Asylum Status for Iranian Student in the U.S.

Adventist Church Helps Secure Asylum Status for Iranian Student in the U.S.

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND — An asylum claim submitted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on behalf of an Iranian student who converted to Adventism in the United States was recently granted, ending a four-year process. "It's important for members to know the Church takes issues of religious discrimination seriously,” said Todd McFarland, associate genera

Statement Regarding Suspected Terrorist Attack on Adventist Church in Pakistan

Statement Regarding Suspected Terrorist Attack on Adventist Church in Pakistan

On Sunday evening, April 15, suspected terrorists opened fire in front of the Quetta Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pakistan, killing two and injuring eight. One of those killed was the 18-year old son of an Adventist church member. The leaders of the major political parties have condemned this brutal attack, for which the Islamic State (ISIS) has

Blessings from Heaven (Part 5)

Blessings from Heaven (Part 5)

The Sermon on the Mount is Heaven’s benediction to the world—a voice from the throne of God. (E.G. White, Preface to Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pg. vii)   On that mount of blessings, Christ continued by saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).   In this world, calls are r

Martyrdom and Witnessing

Martyrdom and Witnessing

The recent news of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) beheading 21 Coptic Christian men renews the profound discussion of martyrdom and witnessing. The Greek word martus implies a witness. The term first appeared in Christian literature in reference to the apostles as the first “witnesses” to the life, works, death, and resurrection of Jesus Ch