When Bob Lemon gets up to speak, it's time for me to sit down, shut up, listen and learn all I can. This is no time for political slapstick. With Bob there is not a shred of self promotion, personal agenda or partisanship. His calm lumbering presence conceals a sharp mind, comprehensive horizon, deep experience and scintillating humour. All this, with self-effacing humility.
At approximately 12:20pm, local time, Elder Ted N. C. Wilson was re-elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to applause from the floor of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Twenty minutes earlier, the General Conference Nominating Committee brought his name to delegates at the end of the morning business meeting.
As the delegates exited the floor minutes after voting for Ted Wilson's return to as General Conference President of Seventh-day Adventists, we interviewed three—a youth director from Malawi, a missionary from Grenada, and a physician from California.
Here they share their reactions to the morning business session on Day 2 of the General Conference Session.
As most Adventists on the planet know, the primary buzz about the 2015 General Conference in San Antonio focuses on women’s ordination. There is also considerable conversation about proposed changes to the Statement of Fundamental Beliefs. However, the many Facebook and blog posts about the upcoming session have given little attention to the proposed changes in the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual.
At about 10:30 Thursday morning, delegates watched a video produced by the General Conference Revival and Reformation Committee. A fictionalized enactment of conversation among Adventist leaders in 1901, and based on an Ellen White letter from twenty months later, the video addresses the delay of the Second Coming. The startling thesis, put into the mouth of George Irwin, th
During the afternoon business session on the 2015 General Conference Session's opening day, session chair Benjamin Schoun announced the 252 members of the nominating committee who will name a president and the church's other top leaders. When the names were presented, the list appeared on only two screens in the cavernous Alamodome, displayed in a font small enough to make the names illegible from many places in the dome. Further, the list scrolled up the screen slightly slower than film credits, but fast enough to make reading them next to impossible.