GC Blog Day 5 (Monday, July 6): Forward Progress

GC Blog Day 5 (Monday, July 6): Forward Progress

Today’s business meeting discussion was dominated by an examination of the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Before the business of the day transpired, Elder Wilson appealed to the delegates to follow parliamentary procedure and addressed the issue of voting. He pleaded with delegates not to use the Point of Order as a means

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts, is one of Seventh-day Adventism’s most popular televangelists. He emphasizes end-time prophecy and champions conservative views on issues such as jewelry and women’s ordination, to the delight of his 75,000-plus Facebook followers. On March 18, 2014, those faithful followers’ world slid off its axi

Ellen White 100 Years Later

Ellen White 100 Years Later

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ellen G. White's death on July 16, 1915. Her writings are still read and loved by many around the world, yet she also has critics both inside and outside the church. Some Adventists ignore her counsels, while others tend to uplift her writings above Scripture. One hundred years after her death, what is Ellen

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

In conveying His message, God uses not only human beings but also human language. And both are imperfect. How do these imperfect vehicles affect God's perfect message? 1. An Imperfect Messenger The fact that prophets were called "holy men of God" (2 Peter 1:21)* neither means they were sinless nor prevents us from recognizing their weaknesses as hu

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

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

Exalt the Cross of Christ

Exalt the Cross of Christ

It became Him for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in the redemption of the world to save sinners by the blood of the Lamb. The great sacrifice of the Son of God was neither too great nor too small to accomplish the work. In the wisdom of God it was complete; and the atonement made testifies to every son and daughter of Adam the imm

The Gospel of Gossip

The Gospel of Gossip

Doesn’t gossip seem so hard to avoid? It starts off as an innocuous, “Hey, pray for [this]” and spirals into a full-blown “You’ll never guess what she said to me the other day. The audacity…” What sometimes gets us Christians caught in the gossip trap is that it’s often passed off as something else: showing “concern,”; looking out for someone’s “we