In 1984 the Adventist church merged two of its outreach magazines, Signs of the Times and These Times. These Times magazine had a loyal and fervent readership (a reader survey a year before its end received tens of thousands of responses) and a distinctive editorial flavor, but church leaders believed that merging the two periodicals would reach twice as many people for half the cost. Instead, within a year, the merged version of Signs of the Times had no more subscribers than either magazine had previously enjoyed on its own.
The following was written by Lonnie Melashenko on Friday, June 21, 2013.
My dear Dad just passed away this morning. A prince and a great man has fallen in Israel. He left like he lived. Quietly. Graciously. With gentle dignity. Without demands or harsh words or even a frown, he surrendered himself—a tired, frail, humble gentleman—into the waiting arms of his Savior. Death, selfish and cursed enemy of man, won another battle.
This is the second post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God's adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin.
In announcements today (June 20) on the General Conference website and in the newsletter published by the North American Division,
major changes were proposed for the Seventh-day Adventist publishing industry in North America. Pacific Press and Review & Herald Publishing Association were asked by the General Conference to consider a merger of the two printing houses.
The ritual of preparing Sabbath lunch, for me, begins with setting the table. That was my childhood task. It kept me busy and involved—but out of the small kitchen where my mother, grandmother and older sister were tripping over each other as they cooked. To this day, it is my favorite part of putting a special meal together.
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil.
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made "the heaven and the earth" and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was "very good," declaring the glory of God. (Gen.
Late last month, Rev. Mark Schaefer, instructor and United Methodist chaplain at American University, and David Trim, director of Archives, Statistics, and Research at the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters discussed Adventist history on the Washington DC-based WVTF Interfaith Voices radio show. In this thoughtful 26-minute conversation they also get into Adventist world mission and the interpretation of apocalyptic literature.
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ's life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth. (Gen. 1:1, 2; Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph.
Nicholas P. Miller, The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
This book is superb. And it is yet another reason for soul-searching in Adventist life, especially in the corridors of church power.
2. The gospel choir at Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church (of San Antonio, not Philadelphia, Pa.) won $5,000.
3. Think piece by Orlando, Florida, journalist—"Seventh-day Adventists: From doomsday sect to health advocates."
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God's power and was attested as God's promised Messiah.