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Drop the Mic: Reincarnating the Adventist Faith Part 4

So far in this series, we have come to grips with two facts about Adventism in North America:

1. Adventist Bible-based evangelism is less and less effective in bringing people into the Adventist church.

2. New converts discover that they do not experience the transformational benefits and connection with God that were explicitly and implicitly promised to them when they decided to join the Adventist church. And, it appears to them, most veteran Adventist members do not have the vibrant relationship with God nor have experienced great personal transformation either.

Exchanges Down Under Part 2: Communities of Grace and Celebration

I’m sitting in a college café filled with energized students, and the noise is unrelenting and optimistic. I’m looking out onto a green lawn with equal numbers of gum trees, pines, and palms, and a group of four bright green parrots with bright red wings just flew by. If I could hear anything outside this cacophony of youthful excitement, it would likely include the beautiful bellbirds whose bright chirpy communication is the delight of my daily walk to Avondale campus.

Andrews University Architecture Students Build Mobile Mission Clinic

In an interview with Spectrum, Carey Carscallen, Dean of the School of Architecture & Interior Design at Andrews University, talks about the recently completed Mobile Mission Clinic Project and how it could benefit Adventist missionaries and those they serve.

Are We Getting in the Way of God's Salvation Story?

Have you ever been so angry that you did something dumb? I got so angry once that I punched the steering wheel on my car and broke the horn. From that day on the horn would honk on its own whenever it wanted to. It didn't matter if I was at a stop light, in a parking lot, or driving down the university campus on a calm Sunday morning. The car would honk and honk and honk until I got so fed up I pulled the fuse and was left utterly hornless. The car died soon after, so no, I never got it fixed.

Drop the Mic: Reincarnating the Adventist Faith Part 3

In the first article of this series, we looked at our denomination’s decreasing effectiveness in evangelistic conversion and member retention. We can’t expect to bring people to God and into our churches with a Bible-based evangelistic model when they don’t consider the scriptures to be authoritative. And we can’t expect people to stay in our churches when they discover that the spiritual experiences that we promised them rarely come true when they join our church.

Courage to Conquer: New Web Series Created after Pitch Contest Win

Aceia Anderson has created a ten-episode web series about a teen who struggles with bullying, depression, and anxiety. This creative writing major from Florida wanted to show young people they are not alone.

Question: You are creating a web series called “Courage to Conquer.” What is the series about?

Nature Identifies Events during the "Gap" in Creation

For 150 years Protestant churches, including Adventists, have debated the meaning of Genesis 1:1-3 as to whether, the entire planet was formed at Creation Week or whether Creation Week occurred on an "old" Earth formed eons ago "in the beginning."[1],[2] The debate continues today. Careful analysis of Scripture, as very recently discussed by Richard Davidson,[3] clearly supports the view of a two-stage Creation.

Why You're Not a Cultural Adventist (or, "It Was Never About the FriChik")

If you hang around churches long enough, you will hear the term thrown around. It shows up around Nominating Committee time: "Person X isn't interested in doing anything in church. She's really just a cultural Adventist." It happens more often when a controversy is involved: "Those people who want to ordain women/change the worship service/serve coffee in the lobby ought to just move on. They're just cultural Adventists." Maybe you have heard it. Maybe you have said it. Maybe someone has said it about you.

Drop the Mic: Reincarnating the Adventist Faith Part 2

“I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad wizard.”

In part one of this series, I reminded us of the sad reality of the decline of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. And I suggested that the traditional Adventist evangelistic model was increasingly incapable of reversing that trend and bringing new people into relationship with God and our denomination because of two flaws, one primarily methodological and one deeply spiritual:

New Guide Editor Says Church Must Work Together For Good of Young People

New Guide editor Kathy Beagles Coneff talks about changing the magazine to keep it the same and the importance of church departments pooling resources as the church struggles to reach young teens in an age of social media.

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