Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reviewing Adventist World, NAD Edition

Reviewing Adventist World, NAD edition
November 2010
Vol. 6, No. 11

Adventist World is free online. For that reason, I only review or comment on articles and editorials that I believe to be of special interest.

“Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Guatemala were chosen to participate in the Change of the White Rose…The Change of the White Rose of Peace ceremony came about after the signing of peace accords ending Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in 1996. Every day since then, a white rose is placed on the monument in the courtyard of the National Palace by an army honor guard or a distinguished person to symbolize another 24 hours of peace in the country.

“Confirming and completing a modern-day view of Bible history, a Seventh-day Adventist archaeologist and historian has unearthed important, pivotal ruins and artifacts from the 3,000-year-old Iron Age at a temple site in Ataruz, Jordan…“ ‘This is an extremely important find and one that has relationships to biblical history; it is very exciting,’ ” said Lawrence Geraty, president emeritus of the school and an archaeology professor [at La Sierra University].”

A REVIVAL OF TRUE GODLINESS in the Adventist Church will herald the Second Coming, according to Ted N. C. Wilson. When the Adventist Church “holds fast to the Bible truths by which God raised up this end-time movement, including the biblical teaching about the gift of prophecy. Of God’s many gifts to His remnant, this is one of His greatest. The Spirit of Prophecy offers counsel for almost every aspect of Christian life, and is as relevant today as when it was written decades ago. These are truly messages from heaven. Read the Spirit of Prophecy daily alongside your Bible. Believe it. Promote it. Use it. Teach it. Support it—and you will discover a new power in your spiritual life that helps you to rise and walk in newness of life.

“Let’s hold fast as well to the three angels’ messages; to the imminent second coming of Christ; to righteousness by faith in Christ; to the seventh-day Sabbath; to the Genesis account of the creation of this world in six literal, consecutive, 24-hour days of recent origin; to the sanctuary message; and to the Bible’s teaching about the state of the dead.

“Let’s remind ourselves that the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy call us to righteous living through the Holy Spirit’s power, to a healthy lifestyle outlined in Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, and to music and worship styles that uplift Christ, not ourselves. Let’s pay special attention to what we have been taught about the conditions under which the Holy Spirit will be poured out to those earnestly seeking revival and committed to a message of reformation…

“A humbled and surrendered church will very soon also be a revived and reformed church. And a revived and reformed church will very soon be a church looking up into the eastern sky with joy and expectation as Jesus returns to claim His own.”

No mention here of, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.“ Sad.

THE CHALLENGE OF BEDBUGS by Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless provides everything you need to know about those pestiferous pests.

Check out A HOLE IN THE SOUL online. The video clip provides a well-produced and interesting attempt to “reach out to a secular world”. Gerald A. Klinbeil reports that the Australian Union Conference is sponsoring a series of thirteen 27-minute videos that tackle life’s “Big Questions”.

Richard Doss’ CATERING TO DIVERSITY provides a fascinating look at Kenya’s Maxwell Adventist Academy. It has to be one of the coolest SDA high schools in the world. It’s a place where missionary kids from all over the world “feel at home” and excel academically. (I would be ecstatic if one of my grandchildren had a chance to attend!)

HOPE FOR HAITI by Jimmy Phillips is one of the most compelling, thoughtful, and loving pieces I have read about that ravaged country and its people.

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