When the General Conference Executive Committee meets each fall in Silver Spring, all kinds of other meetings are put on the schedule, too. Sunday morning, the Council on Evangelism and Witness resumed presentations that it had started on Friday night. Today it was time to talk about creative evangelism ideas. My favorites came from the United Kingdom where an evangelistic series is underway in London.
Ever since I read about the personal love languages as described by Gary Chapman, I’ve been thinking about how those languages might apply to people and their relationship with the church. Words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, all could be applied appropriately. So, it was that while I sat listening to General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson preach Sabbath, Oct. 12, on “Communicating God’s Truth in Love,” I fell to wondering just what his love language for the church might be.
Sandra E. Roberts, the executive secretary of the Southeastern California Conference for the past nine years, has been nominated to be the conference president. The constituency will vote on her nomination at their meeting Oct. 27. If elected, she would be the first woman to be a president of a Seventh-day Adventist conference.
There were rocks scattered on the tables at the opening meeting of the Adventist Forum Conference in Chattanooga last week. Attendees were invited to write what they felt was their religious identity on one side of the rock. On the other side of the rock they were to write something in which they believed deeply.
If confession is good for the soul and for revival/reformation—here’s mine. Beware the call for unity these days in Adventism. Beware because it means there is disagreement in the house—most likely over women’s ordination--and a frustrated church leader uses the call for unity to try to bring us together. Instead, it comes across like a schoolyard reprimand. The Holy Spirit will not come unless you are united, children, so shape up and get with the program. To me, it seems to make conditional a love that was always promised as unconditional.
When the Theology of Ordination Study Committee met in Baltimore in July 2013, its purpose was specifically to consider the ordination of women. On the first morning of the session there was a presentation of a “Consensus Statement on a Seventh-day Adventist Theology of Ordination” that had been prepared and presented at a previous session, revised by a special reading committee and slightly revised again in the session before being approved.
Papers presented this year at the two Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) sessions have now been posted on the Adventist Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) website, giving the most detailed look yet at the material shaping the committee’s conversation.
There is much to read: 24 papers overall, plus devotionals. In this post, I will list the title, author, and a sentence about each paper.