Local Healing for a Global Church

Local Healing for a Global Church

A few days ago our nation remembered a grim day in its history. On Sunday, March 7, thousands from across the nation gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate a Sunday 50 years earlier, one that would become known as “Bloody Sunday.” The events of that fateful day when police attacked hundreds of peaceful activists marching across the Edmund Pettu

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

Vaccines have been in the news more than usual, thanks in part to the recent Disneyland measles outbreak, in which one person with the highly contagious disease started a chain that has sickened 142 people so far. The incident has brought widely divergent viewpoints over vaccination into the spotlight. Though the vast majority of Americans vaccinat

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

In the space of 100 days, more than a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu died during the bloody Rwandan genocide of 1994. In the aftermath of such horrors, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda faced the daunting task of helping church members forgive and reconcile with the killers, some of whom were church leaders. Was the church going to elect

Skeletons from the Past

Skeletons from the Past

Seventh-day Adventism in visible origin is a white, Anglo church. We see this by looking at its founders and early leaders. However, the theological foundation upon which the church was built is anything but Anglo; truth by nature is culturally blind. As this truth spread across cultural boundaries, the diversity of its believers increased. In resp

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Three times in the past few months I’ve dreamed that it’s the last day of operations at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland. I’m there with my coworkers, cleaning out my office, sharing the angst as an institution that has been such a significant part of our lives and of church history closes its doors for good. In

Review and Herald Shuts Down Hagerstown Operations

Review and Herald Shuts Down Hagerstown Operations

The Review and Herald Publishing Association closed its Hagerstown, Maryland, facility to the public last Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the restructuring of Adventist publishing in North America. Though the building is no longer open for business, several employees will remain on the job for the next few weeks to finish shipping out

CBS Interfaith Broadcast to Feature Seventh-day Adventists

CBS Interfaith Broadcast to Feature Seventh-day Adventists

On Sunday, Dec. 14, the CBS channel will air an interfaith program that will feature the Sikhs, Mennonites, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The producers traveled to Silver Spring, MD, to interview some church leaders about the Adventist church. On the program, producers interview: Ella Smith Simmons, Vice President of the General Conference

Ellen White for a New Generation

Ellen White for a New Generation

Several years ago, the Barna Group conducted a survey among pastors of several denominations to find books and authors that have influenced them most. The survey states: The under-40 pastors championed several authors who were not ranked highly by older church leaders. Those authors included business consultant James Collins, seminary professor Tho