Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reviewing Adventist World, NAD Edition

May, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 5

Adventist World is free online. For that reason, I only review or comment on articles that I believe to be of special interest. This includes editorials, special supplements, and NAD features not available online.

WORLD REPORT and WORLD VISTA should not be skipped over in this issue. Scholars, Leaders To Meet In Israel is a Bible conference that combines tourism with meetings. Sacred sites will be visited, and a good time should be had by all. Tithe money well spent? One juicy bit surfaced as Mark Keller described the itinerary. This comment, regarding the “Jesus Boat” exhibition, seems to have validated carbon dating! (It must have just slipped by the censors, because the accuracy of carbon dating has long been attacked by those insisting on a short-earth chronology!)

“Carbon dating authenticated the boat’s history: it really is from the first century. No one can prove who owned the boat, or who sailed in it. But there is one interesting fact: there are 12 different kinds of wood used in this boat, a number that corresponds to the 12 tribes of Israel.”

Reaching An Ancient Region In A New Way, authored by Ted N. C. Wilson, is a declaration that from now on, selected countries in the Middle East are his baby. Check the map then read the words.

“Prior to this action administrative oversight of these countries was divided between two world divisions, Trans-European and Euro Africa. While the church is grateful for the positive ways in which these divisions helped to foster and nurture Seventh-day Adventist activities in the Middle East, (faint praise?) the survey commission reported that having this region united directly under the world headquarters would be conducive for church growth in the region, as well as provide certain logistical advantages. It would also group countries together that have similar cultures.”

HUFFING AND PUFFING ABOUT TOBACCO by Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless contains the following admonition: “It’s vital that we, as Adventists, stop huffing and puffing about tobacco, and do something that will meaningfully curtail the huffing and puffing of tobacco by our youth. Let’s begin by becoming a caring, concerned mentor for some child or youth. Friendship counts more than any advice or preaching.”

HOPE WITHOUT HEALING by Olen Netteburg is a heartbreaking read. More importantly, however, it is a tribute to Adventist physicians and medical teams that serve patients in places the world ignores. This is a MUST READ story about the entire hospital staff at 70-bed Béré Hospital in Tchad.

SINGLE MINDED by Andrea D. Hicks is a reminder that “the percentage of single adults in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America hovers around 50 percent.” The article doesn’t speculate why this is, but I’m guessing Monte Sahlin knows.

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