Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Calvin B. Rock structures his book in three parts: The Protest Movements, The Challenge Ahead, and Appendices.   The first part discusses four phases of the push towards racial parity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: social and administrative participation (1889—1928), the creation of colored conferences (1929—1944), the creation of black

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Samuel London’s book is a historical analysis of the Adventist church’s stance towards social activism and the resulting effects of both decentralized attempts at promoting civil rights for African-Americans and the general tendency to refuse involvement in social justice.   The first part documents the “Origins and Development of Nonparticipa

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

Following Sabbath lunch on October 19, the final breakout sessions of the Jesus and Politics conference included a panel entitled, “Jesus among the Social Issue Activists.” The panel was chaired by conference-organizer Michael Nixon, Andrews University VP for Diversity. On the panel were Claudia Allen, PhD Student and content manager of Messsage Ma

A God of Diversity

A God of Diversity

Traveling at impressive 64,000 km/h, the space probe Voyager 1 was launched into space 26 years ago to explore the planets of our solar system. After passing by Jupiter and Saturn, completing its initial mission, the probe prepared itself to leave the solar system. As it approached the 6 billion kilometer mark from Earth, Carl Sagan, the famous Cor

Of Race & Character

Of Race & Character

None of us choose the time or place in which we are born. Neither do we get to dictate the makeup of our DNA, or have our genetic information expressed in such a way as to somehow make our lives conveniently situated. Although the technology of medicine has made leaps and bounds in eliminating various birth defects and other genetic tendencies to h

Obstacles and Opportunities: Ministry Leaders Speak Out in Favor of Racial Unity

Obstacles and Opportunities: Ministry Leaders Speak Out in Favor of Racial Unity

Compass Magazine’s inaugural conference, Repairing the Breach: A Pathway to Racial Unity in the Church, held on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, continued its powerful and articulate message of racial unity last Sabbath afternoon with a triad of presenters contributing a series of short, power-packed messages on the su

Slavery and Sexuality

Slavery and Sexuality

Those who believe in the biblical view of sexuality are treading the well-worn path of scriptural literalists who, in ages past, supported slavery using precisely the same mode of textual interpretation—or so goes the argument. Dr. Robert Cargill of the University of Iowa put the view forward rather vigorously in his blog: “Let me say this to those