Significant moments in Adventist history happened at the same time as important events in the wider world. Adventism never exists in a vacuum. The church exists in context. It forgets that reality at its peril.
Shifting the Sabbath School lesson’s focus on power “out there” to the power that is always at work in and among us opens up different questions for mission. How shall we relate to that power, and what sort of witness will our relationships to and use of power embody?
Is the leadership model exemplified by Ted Wilson one we should be content to follow? I think not.
Failure to learn, grow, and change diminishes Christian credibility in the eyes of onlookers. With the passage of time, certain messages that were once present truth may become less applicable. Or they may become no longer applicable at all.