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

One Culture in Christ

One Culture in Christ

When someone inquires about my culture, I momentarily go into a state of confusion.   I grew up in Canada, and am a second-generation child of immigrant parents; my mother from Jamaica, and my father from Ghana. However, I was not taught the language of either, so I cannot converse in broken-down English--Patois, nor can I speak twi. I can't f

Label-Free Faith

Label-Free Faith

During my sophomore year at Weimar Academy, I struggled with geometry. No matter how much I studied, I didn't get it. One morning, I told a lie. My palms were sweating and my lips trembled as I said to my dorm mom, Mrs. Jones, “I think I have the flu.” She felt my forehead. “Kind of clammy, but no temperature.” She gave me a long look. “If you’re s

A Sabbath for Unity: 7 Steps to Cross-Cultural Collaboration

A Sabbath for Unity: 7 Steps to Cross-Cultural Collaboration

On July 23, 2016 Pastor Joshua Nelson helped organize and lead a worship service in which churches, primarily separated by race/culture, came together for a Sabbath of Unity. Below are Pastor Nelson’s reflections on the event, his life experiences that preceded it, and a prescription for 7 steps to cross-cultural collaboration between churches.

Was God in Favor of Slavery?

Was God in Favor of Slavery?

“I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?” The question shocked me, as I awakened to the fact that I was not reading an eighteenth century inquiry, but an open letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a radio talk show hostess who tries to give practi