This page explores subjects that are “out there” that affect our daily lives–issues in our society that are relevant to our relationships outside of “the walls” of our personal and collective Christian beliefs. They are often subjects that we discuss in Sabbath School that are not necessarily related to the Sabbath School lesson.
Updated March 6, 2016
Because of the current political environment in which a Seventh-day Adventist (Dr. Ben Carson) is a presidential candidate, there have been multiple articles reporting on our church and our beliefs. I will add links to any articles I find. Please forward me any new ones as you find them:
- The #ALLLIVESMATTER approach (Adventist Review)
- I Used to be a Seventh-day Adventist – Questions for Ben Carson (Mashable)
- A Closer Look at Seventh-day Adventists in America (Pew Research Center)
- Ben Carson Puts Spotlight on Seventh-Day Adventist (NY Times)
- Inside Ben Carson’s Religious Faith (CNN)
- All Your Questions about Seventh-Day Adventism and Ben Carson Answered (NPR)
- First Adventist in the White House Might be a Woman (AdventistToday)
NOTE: I hope any discussion remains within the bounds of “how the world sees our church,” not about support or rejection of Ben Carson’s candidacy. Also I am trying to only include links to articles about the church not articles about Ben Carson and his candidacy. In some cases, the articles are about both so I have made judgments as to whether the articles are more religious or more political in nature, and have excluded some.
IMPORTANT: Many of you know that I am a highly political animal. Please understand that I am in NO WAY supporting, promoting, or dissuading support for Ben Carson. I am only sharing the news that is being generated about our church because of Ben Carson’s candidacy.
Posted November 2, 2015:
Interesting blog post from the blog CROSSCULTURECHRISTIAN.COM
How we understand our spiritual growth transforms every waking moment of our existence as a spiritual experience through the spirit of Jesus. The dichotomous relationship between the “sacred” and the “secular” is decimated through Him. The more I’m aware of His presence in my life, the more I grow into his likeness so I can treat others as He did – with compassion, justice, and mercy.
Posted October 26, 2015:
Each year on Oct. 31, millions of people celebrate Halloween by dressing up as witches, devils, and demons.
Besides parties for adults, the day has become an occasion for children to go from house to house, often in costumes, demanding “trick or treat.”
The name Halloween derives from the Roman Catholic holiday All Saints’ Day, The Feast of All Saints, or All Hallows’ Day (hallow means “to make holy” or “consider something sacred”), celebrated on Nov. 1. Read more >>
Posted October 19, 2015:
On Friday, October 9, 2015, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University voted unanimously to approve a position paper titled “An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care.” Read more >>
Posted October 19, 2015:
The case of Kim Davis, clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, has hit the big-time with her imprisonment and then release to appear before an exultant crowd with presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee by her side. Is she a Joan of Arc here to save the Republic for God or a zealot ready to incite to rebellion? Or maybe she is something in between? Read more >>