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Gilbert M. Valentine

A “Functional” Analysis of Adventist Ministry

Non-Compliance over What?

During the last two Annual Council meetings, little if anything at all has been said about the problematic issue of the Ordination of Women to ministry. The debate has shifted. The “problem” is now perceived as something more serious — a challenge to authority. The role of hierarchy and what is permitted and not permitted by Unions and the General Conference’s policy book is the topic of anxious concern and perceived as a threat to unity.

Adventist Pioneers and the Problem of Policy Non-Compliance

At a meeting of the General Conference Executive Committee at its Annual Council last year (2017), a proposal was discussed that had as its purpose the enforcing of “compliance” of certain Union Conferences with the rules of the church about who could be called “ordained” and who could not.

Book Review: 500 Years of Protest and Liberty

What surprises me about 500 Years of Protest and Liberty: From Martin Luther to Modern Civil Rights is that it says nothing about Sunday laws. I anticipated that a book written by an Adventist for Adventists about religious liberty issues would have a primary focus on Sabbath Observance and the threat of Sunday laws in the context of end-time events. Such is not the case here.

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