The Church Is in Good Hands

The Church Is in Good Hands

I've heard it all. The church is going to split. The next thing to happen will be gay marriage in the church. After that, the Sabbath will not matter. Conferences will leave the fold. Tithe might be garnished to stay within a conference if women’s ordination doesn’t pass. Add to those much-gossiped fears a few varieties of creative theology, and yo

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

I can still remember my mother reading to me from the book Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson’s chronicle of his rise from the ghettos of Detroit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. It was a story so powerful that it resonated with even me: a white kid in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The book’s likely

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

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

. . . Not As I Do

. . . Not As I Do

On April 10, 1944, The General Conference Committee held its Spring Meeting in the convention room of the Hotel Stevens in Chicago, IL. Gathered along with the committee were the North American Division’s local conference presidents, union treasurers and auditors, college presidents, and "colored representatives who were members of a large committe

Women’s Ordination:  Events, Video, and Concerns

Women’s Ordination: Events, Video, and Concerns

As the Seventh-day Adventist Church prepares for the 60th General Conference Session this summer in San Antonio, July 2-11, the biggest issue on most people’s minds is the subject of women’s ordination. Currently, various interest groups are voicing their opinions. Last fall, we reported about the "Women’s Ordination Symposium" by the Secrets Unsea