October 22, 2015 is the 171st anniversary of the Great Disappointment of 1844.
Similarly to the proto-Adventists of New England on that cold, gloomy day 171 years ago, those modern-day Adventists that actually remember the events of that day are too filled with a mix of hope and sadness: sadness for the delay and hope that the coming of Christ will materialize some day soon.
Adventists all over the world are watching with interest the events unfolding this week in Washington D.C. as Pope Francis is visiting the United States and speaking to Congress. In preparation for this event, independent ministries have mailed out thousands of unsolicited Great Controversy paperbacks to mailboxes in Philadelphia.
From the moment I saw the trailer for Noah, I was immediately interested in seeing the movie. I know movie trailers can be misleading, but this one appeared to be right on track. “How else could they change such a simple, straightforward story?” I mused. I thought that even with the occasional artistic license, Noah could offer enough interest for a believer like me.
The 2014 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) meeting was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from January 1-5. The GYC (former General Youth Conference) is an independent ministry started in 2002 by college kids that has taken the NAD territory by storm, and recently branched into Europe (a second meeting is planned for this summer in Austria). Supported by the General Conference and sponsored by the deep pockets of ASI, GYC is thriving.
The pontificate of Pope Francis has been nothing short of surprising. Coming after years of the highbrow and intellectual mannerisms of Benedict XVI, Francis is winning hearts and minds across the globe by insisting the church come down from its pedestal and engage humanity. In recent photos, Francis is seen hugging two disfigured men. Those pictures have gone viral. People are asking: Is he the “reincarnation” of Pope John Paul II?
In a statement today, Tuesday Nov 26 2013, Francis said:
As I did research for a chapter on Ellen White and the Indiana “holy flesh movement” for the book En Espíritu y en Verdad (Pacific Press, 2013) I came across a statement in a letter from Hattie Haskell to Ellen White (1900) about one “blind Sammy Hancock.” Since I had never heard about him, I decided to take a detour from my main subject and find out who he was. I was able to dig up several relevant details in the Adventist Archives of the Review and Herald going back to 1864.