Charles Scriven

The Ear: A Physician Couple Living an Amazing Mission

Olen and Danae Netteburg defy belief — until you recall the Incarnation.  Then you remember that it is Christ’s way, after all, to go into the far, far country in order to meet overwhelming human need.  

What Shall We Do With Ellen White?

“Very simply—I want honesty.”
—Søren Kierkegaard
    
If the person who is forgiven much can love much, as Jesus said, such a person can also face self-deception and begin to overcome it. The virtues grow in the soil of grace. What is true for the individual, moreover, is true for the community: grace can burn away our sins. And now, with the new flowering of Ellen White scholarship, it is high time—again—for honesty about the church’s prophet. What Kierkegaard said in his criticism of the church in Denmark, each of us must also say.

The Ear: Nathan Brown Focuses on Justice

If you know an Adventist book editor who has earned degrees in law, literature, English and writing — and written or edited 12 books, including a novel — then you know Nathan Brown. For six years he edited church magazines for the South Pacific Division, and for the past five years has been book editor of the Signs Publishing Company, near Melbourne, Australia.

The Ear: Richard Rawson Discusses Innovation and Whole-Person Healthcare

Richard Rawson is CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, in Murietta, California, and serves also as lead strategy officer for Loma Linda Health.  He considers it fun to think through what “mission-driven strategy” can mean for organizations.

The Ear: Marlene Ferreras on Theology Where the People Are

Marlene Mayra Ferreras may be a “nerd who has done lots of school,” but stuck with 60 kids in a freeway traffic jam so bad the news helicopters are buzzing overhead, she can get Dominos to deliver!

The Ear: Roy Branson on Sabbath School as Gemeinde

It’s no stretch to say that Roy Branson is a legend as a Sabbath School class leader.   In Takoma Park, Maryland, the class at Sligo Church that he inspired and co-led over decades still meets.  Though he moved to the west coast about a decade ago, long-participating members still associate the class with his name.

What’s Next for the Children of the Disappointed?

Turn to metaphor and ambiguity.

Address the disappointments of others.

Don’t think we determine the time of Christ’s return.

Left out won’t do; never give up.

Late Sabbath afternoon at the Adventist Forum’s conference on “The Great Adventist Stories,” four speakers addressed the ongoing experience of a community familiar, from the very beginning, with disappointment.

The Ear: Daryll Ward on Intellect and Adventism

As much, perhaps, as any Adventist theologian, Daryll Ward brings about the marriage of hospitality and honest conversation.  Nearly every Sabbath afternoon at his and his wife Adele Waller’s home near Dayton, Ohio, guests gather around a food-laden table for hours of rejuvenating talk.  The focus may be faith or

The Ear: Terrie Dopp Aamodt on Ellen Harmon White

With two colleagues — the late Gary Land, who taught history at Andrews University, and Ronald L.

The Ear: Nicholas Zork on Ministry “Outside the Subcultural Vortex”

This week The Ear listens as a single individual offers perspective on his own life and work, and on challenges facing Adventism today in the major western cities.  Nicholas Zork, a graduate of Andrews University, is a musician and worship leader.  (He has led out at some of the One Project meetings.)  Along with his physician wife Noelia, he is the parent of





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