“Let My People Go!” Adventism and the Tyranny of the Church Building

“Let My People Go!” Adventism and the Tyranny of the Church Building

The church building has over the years evolved to become an important part of religious practice. This has been the place where rituals, sermons, communion, funeral services, matrimonial services, prayer, religious music, baptism, and various aspects of religion find their expression. As a liturgical church, Adventists have a special relationship w

Hymnal Hope: Songs that Saved My Life

Hymnal Hope: Songs that Saved My Life

Kata lweny ger chutho; kata kuyo thoth             Though severe the conflict and the anguish deep, Kata temruok duon’g machiengni hingoi              Though the trials heavy that may o’er you sweep, Ruoth ni buti pile nomiyi teko                                   God is always with you, giving strength to bear Mar loyo temruok duto mabironi.      

Recontextualizing the Adventist Message for the African Continent

Recontextualizing the Adventist Message for the African Continent

The Africanization of Adventism project has been raging with Africans themselves echoing different views on the necessity of this controversial move. Arguments against this are primarily premised on fears on whether this will divert the movement from the noble work of proclaiming the second coming of Jesus, whether this drive is indeed salvific, be

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the

Interview with David Williams: 17th Annual Andrews University Music & Worship Conference February 13-15, 2020: “God’s Love and the Heart of Adventist Worship & Music”

Interview with David Williams: 17th Annual Andrews University Music & Worship Conference February 13-15, 2020: “God’s Love and the Heart of Adventist Worship & Music”

“God’s Love and the Heart of Adventist Worship & Music” is an interesting title! Tell us more about it and why it was chosen for this year. Well, a few things. It’s circumstantial – the date that we chose is over Valentine’s Day. And while this is also a beautiful liturgical theme, people might just be thinking about love on February 14. I was

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

The famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven once said: “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” Perhaps many, especially musicians, know this famous quote by one of the most illustrious composers of all time. However, over 200 years earlier, Martin Luther, a fellow German, a

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, she told Him that the Jews worshipped in Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped in the mountains. In response to this, Jesus said that the hour is coming when people will neither worship in Jerusalem, nor on this mountain. He told her that the time has come for true worshipers to worship God in spirit and in

Oakwood Leadership Conference Spotlights the Transformative Power of Worship

Oakwood Leadership Conference Spotlights the Transformative Power of Worship

Transformation begins in worship. That was the underlying message at this year’s Pastoral Evangelism and Leadership Council (PELC), held December 6-9 at the Oakwood University church. Possibly one of the longest-running events in the regional conference system, PELC has existed since 1979. For four days 1,500 ministers and laypeople gathered in Hun

Offer Unto God Thanksgiving

Offer Unto God Thanksgiving

We're celebrating our first Thanksgiving at The Compass Magazine! In honor of the holiday, we present this Thanksgiving message from Ellen G. White. It's an excerpt from an article published in the Review and Herald, Nov. 20, 1900.   “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejo