For the last 24 hours I have been listening to Seventh-day Adventist scholars telling the story of their church’s attitude to and participation in war. Between them, they have told an amazingly moving and varied story – a story which, like all good stories, raises profound questions about Seventh-day Adventists, the God they worship and the faith and spirituality they practice.
“Hope is the mark of our Christian existence,” said Bernhard Oesterich. But does authentic hope involve accurate prediction concerning end-time chronology? Does authentic hope come down to information — a “message” about what happens next, and when and where, ingeniously derived from Scripture’s apocalyptic material?
For many decades a group of people faithfully renewed annual memberships in the Association of Adventist Forums to support quarterly publication of the Spectrum journal. All who received Spectrum had either paid for it themselves or someone else had gifted them a subscription. We therefore generally knew who was in our community of readers, thinkers, believers and searchers because they provided the financial means for what we do.
Last Friday, more than 3,000 people lined up for healthcare at a free pop-up medical clinic in Oakland, California, sponsored by the Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries. Most of the volunteer doctors, dentists and other professionals from around the state and even further afield were Adventists.
Gary G. Land, emeritus professor of history at Andrews University and long-time member of the Spectrum editorial board, died on Saturday, April 26, at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. A service is planned for this Friday, May 2. His first student, Ben McArthur, penned this tribute.
The late Siegfried Horn, who at the time was dean of the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, authored the following article. In it, we encounter reasons for thinking twice about using biblical chronology as a measure for the age of the earth. Dr. Horn points out that many dates we rely upon prophetically are not universally embraced for their historicity. He further notes that many dates about which there is little controversy are frequently derived by relying upon secular source material—not from Scripture itself.
1. A Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council attorney has filed a religious-discrimination suit, claiming Dusanka Bodiroga, a prison nurse, was fired 11 days after refusing to take shifts on Sabbaths at the California State Prison.