Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reviewing the Adventist Review

July 14, 2011
Vol. 188, No. 19

Due to a variety of factors, time and old age being two of them, my future reviews will be limited to comments and reflections. I am counting on the Internet address provided to supply a brief summary of the content of each Review editorial, news release, and article. Once again, I suggest that Adventist members subscribe to the Review. “You snooze, and you lose” the opportunity to contribute to and influence a fellowship of eternal importance.

Readers will be rewarded by five thoughtful pieces. The following is a first to last list of their importance: ADVENTIST EDUCATION: ALIVE AND WELL by Larry Blackmer, is a MUST READ; the cover feature, A CHURCH PLANT SUCCESS provides a realistic plan for establishing new congregations; CHURCH TRENDS by Monte Sahlin assesses the impact of the recession and a plan of action if a church family faces an economic crisis; Bill Knott’s editorial, FEROCIOUS TRUTHS; and Courtney Tait’s reflection, IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE.

One WORLD NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES REPORT illustrates, once again, the schizophrenic approach to ministry clearly evident in official church publications. While there is the universal proclamation that “the time is short”, “we are living in the last days of earth’s history”, Gideon Dayak, a risk-control consultant, cautions that outdated property assessments could mean inadequate funds to restore church property in the event of an unforeseen catastrophic event.

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