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

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

“It is impossible to be truly affected by the redemptive aspects of scripture and not long for social as well as spiritual freedom” (pg. 226). This, you could say, was the lived drama that Calvin Rock sought to explore, and what an exploration it was. Dr. Rock is no stranger to the Seventh-day Adventist church’s roster of leaders. In fact, his dedi

The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 1: The Saturday Presentations)

The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 1: The Saturday Presentations)

This past weekend (October 21-22), I attended The One project gathering in Atlanta, GA. As you may know, this event is the third-to-last conference before The One project shuts down. As a student of systematic theology with particular interest in hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), I was particularly drawn to this gathering, given the theme ann

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

The question before us is what is the best way to persuade people to choose Jesus in volatile cultures and contexts? Sadly, it seems the United States has become a volatile context in our increasingly polarized political, social, and moral discourse. Our attention as Americans has again been fixated upon tragic events, this time in Charlottesville,

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