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November 21, 2013<br />

ADRA Aids Philippine<br />

Quake Relief<br />

Highest Flight Ever<br />

Married, but Alone<br />

on the Sabbath<br />

9<br />

22<br />

26<br />

From<br />

<strong>Clicktivist</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>Activist</strong><br />

Taking caring<br />

<strong>to</strong> another level

(1046)<br />

Iflights in the his<strong>to</strong>ry of aviation.<br />

Air Force One<br />

Jim Swindal was the pilot of a Boeing<br />

707 with the tail number 26000. The<br />

Secret Service called it “Angel,” but most<br />

of the world knew it simply as Air Force<br />

One. It was John F. Kennedy’s flagship aircraft,<br />

loaded with elegance and $2 million<br />

worth of high-tech hardware. It featured<br />

offices equipped with electric typewriters,<br />

and subscribed <strong>to</strong> 15 magazines and five<br />

daily newspapers. Its presidential bedroom,<br />

catering <strong>to</strong> times when the chief<br />

executive had <strong>to</strong> cross many time zones all<br />

at once, included a special bed with a mattress<br />

designed for Kennedy’s bad back.<br />

Colonel Jim Swindal had already logged<br />

some 75,000 miles on Air Force One in a<br />

little more than a year since its commissioning.<br />

He was dedicated and loyal, both<br />

<strong>to</strong> the presidency and <strong>to</strong> this thirty-fifth<br />

president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Earlier<br />

in 1963 he had flown his hero <strong>to</strong> Germany<br />

for the president’s famous “Ich bin<br />

ein Berliner” speech.<br />

22<br />


18 From <strong>Clicktivist</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>Activist</strong><br />

Janelle Collins<br />

Can the world’s problems<br />

be solved in front<br />

of a keyboard?<br />


Swindal had <strong>to</strong> take off from Dallas<br />

for the worst two-hour-and-eighteenminute<br />

flight of his life. The last hour<br />

on the ground had been pure agony for<br />

Swindal and everybody else: a hot, perspiring<br />

delay while Lyndon Johnson who did participate. “Three years in the SOArINg HIgHEr than<br />

taking 41,000 feet. But a trip that lifts us<br />

Jackie Kennedy was one of the few<br />

flight, and not even Swindal’s breath-<br />

waited for Texas judge Sarah Hughes <strong>to</strong> White House,” Manchester states, “had<br />

free from every last trace of this world’s<br />

drive out <strong>to</strong> the airport and swear in the given [Jackie] an abiding respect for her<br />

air Force one<br />

ugliness and hate, a trip beyond the<br />

new chief executive. There in the tail husband’s office. She unders<strong>to</strong>od the<br />

stars. Jesus promises us, “In my Father’s<br />

area of Air Force One was a large coffin, symbols of authority, the need for some<br />

Secret Service agents track its every move; from it all. He wanted <strong>to</strong> lift him higher house are many mansions. . . . I go <strong>to</strong> prepare<br />

a Britannia model, solid bronze. Kennedy’s<br />

semblance of national majesty after the<br />

people stationed in unmarked cars along than he’d ever been before, remove him a place for you. And if I go and prepare a<br />

bullet-riddled remains were in it. disaster, and so she came.” In the<br />

the route visually confirm its passage from the pain of earth, the danger of bul-<br />

place for you, I will come again, and receive<br />

Kennedy loyalists and Johnson staffers famous black-and-white pho<strong>to</strong> by Cecil<br />

overhead. And this flight carried the dead lets and snipers and angry posters and you un<strong>to</strong> myself; that where I am, there ye<br />

filled the plane, sick <strong>to</strong> the soul as they S<strong>to</strong>ugh<strong>to</strong>n where Johnson is sworn in,<br />

body of the former president and also the cruel edi<strong>to</strong>rials. And so he did. In all his may be also” (John 14:2, 3, KJV).<br />

grappled with painful tragedy and awkward<br />

the widow of John Kennedy is standing<br />

new president. There was no backup, no life, Kennedy had never been so far above Paul knew much about assassinations;<br />

transition, as one administration right there next <strong>to</strong> him.*<br />

vice vice president. And 26000 had no earth before; the 707 roared <strong>to</strong>ward the in fact, his own life ended tragically. But<br />

ended and the other one began, there in<br />

“Behold, I come<br />

military escort<br />

quickly<br />

for this trip. On the<br />

. . .”<br />

stars, climbing at the incredible rate of in 1 Thessalonians he writes about how<br />

the sticky humidity of the 707 with the Flight<br />

ground below, the Pentagon set Air Force 4,000 feet per minute. Swindal didn’t we’ll soon be lifted up, caught up in the<br />

disconnected air-conditioning.<br />

Then at 2:47 in the afternoon, CST, Air<br />

bases on standby alert, with pilots<br />

level off until they were at 41,000 feet, clouds. And then we’ll head out for a<br />

Our mission is <strong>to</strong> uplift Jesus Christ by presenting s<strong>to</strong>ries of His<br />

William Manchester’s standout book, Force One lifted off from Love Field. Just<br />

“belted in and ready <strong>to</strong> go.”<br />

approximately eight miles above the celestial journey that takes us far beyond<br />

The Death of a President, helps us focus: three hours and nine minutes earlier<br />

Captain Swindal had <strong>to</strong> fly that plane carrying<br />

news the dead body of his hero. His It was present workings, help the universe. for To knowing<br />

a city that’s home. It’s a<br />

scarred world and its miserable Friday. the clouds, <strong>to</strong> a city that’s the capital of<br />

Who should participate? Who should be the plane had <strong>to</strong>uched matchless down for a vic<strong>to</strong>rious<br />

love,<br />

in the picture as Lyndon Johnson is<br />

sworn in? LBJ had already expressed in a parade. Spirits had been high; cel-<br />

November, with early sundowns. Flying west<br />

long, long way away, and frankly, we<br />

ebration and sunshine Him and confetti better, and <strong>to</strong> east hope <strong>to</strong> Washing<strong>to</strong>n, in D.C., His Air Force One soon return.<br />

want it <strong>to</strong> be a long, long way away from<br />

What a flight<br />

general announcement <strong>to</strong> the whole were in the air. Now nothing but darkness<br />

and tears.<br />

in darkness that made the gloom more that’s going rows of <strong>to</strong>mbs<strong>to</strong>nes at Arling<strong>to</strong>n<br />

was quickly immersed in shadows and then<br />

earth and sin and death and the endless<br />

plane: “If anybody wants <strong>to</strong> join in in the<br />

swearing-in ceremony, I would be happy Air Force One is the most secure plane<br />

unbearable. “It was the sickest plane I’ve ever<br />

National Cemetery. God’s angels will<br />

and proud <strong>to</strong> have you.” But Swindal in the world. Every trip is exceptionally<br />

been on,” Mac Kilduff, a Kennedy advisor, <strong>to</strong> be!<br />

gather His children <strong>to</strong>gether from the<br />

and many others were simply <strong>to</strong>o griefstricken<br />

guarded in terms of its flight path. The<br />

<strong>to</strong>ld people later. But no one seemed <strong>to</strong> feel it<br />

four winds of heaven and lift us up <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong> join in. Their president was plane zigs and zags, taking unorthodox<br />

as did the captain. Manchester writes: “No<br />

meet our Lord in the air (see Mark<br />

lying in the box.<br />

routes for utmost secrecy. On the ground<br />

aircraft commander had ever been charged Flight—Again<br />

13:27). “And so shall we ever be with the<br />

with so grave a responsibility, yet he wondered<br />

Fifty years later our world is just as Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17).<br />

whether he could make it <strong>to</strong> Andrews. horribly scarred and miserable. It still Shout “Hallelujah,” friend of mine.<br />

He was near collapse. ‘It became,’ in his harbors assassins and hurt of every What a flight that’s going <strong>to</strong> be! n<br />

words, ‘a struggle <strong>to</strong> continue.’ ”<br />

kind. Hate is as cheap as the Internet.<br />

Swindal had clearance <strong>to</strong> take his Leaders fall <strong>to</strong> bullets or scandals. Terrorists<br />

* Quotations from William Manchester, The Death of<br />

a President (London: Pan Books, 1967).<br />

beloved president home at 29,000 feet, a<br />

obliterate our tallest buildings<br />

pretty standard level even <strong>to</strong>day. Flights and slaughter our most innocent<br />

DaviD B. Smith is the author of<br />

often climb up <strong>to</strong> these levels <strong>to</strong> avoid infants, loved ones, and friends. We<br />

Finding Waldo and Rachel MaRie,<br />

turbulence. But with all that ache in his keep visiting more hospitals, attending<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries set in his home country<br />

heart, and with the defiant skyline of more funerals, and standing in more<br />

of thailand. Lonnie meLa-<br />

Dallas just behind him, with all the cemeteries than we ever wanted <strong>to</strong>. We<br />

Shenko is a revivalist for the<br />

hatred of people, the cities, and angry need a Swindal flight.<br />

columbia union conference.<br />

civilizations just below him, spreading Except that what God’s Word promises<br />

out in all directions, Swindal<br />

is infinitely better. Not Dallas <strong>to</strong> Need<br />

wished he could take his Washing<strong>to</strong>n, D.C., not a Boeing 707, not Pix<br />

beloved president away two hours and eighteen minutes of<br />

18 22 8 6<br />


14 Dear Father . . .<br />

Sylvia Renz<br />

A son tries <strong>to</strong> answer<br />

his father’s decadesold<br />

questions.<br />

22 Highest Flight Ever<br />

David B. Smith and Lonnie<br />

Melashenko<br />

The night Air Force One<br />

carried a president’s body<br />


4 Letters<br />

7 Page 7<br />

8 World News &<br />

Perspectives<br />

13 Give & Take<br />

17 Cliff’s Edge<br />

2 5 Back <strong>to</strong> Basics<br />

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6 Bill Knott<br />

Go Ask Erica<br />

7 Gerald A. Klingbeil<br />

Invisible Web<br />


Southern Adventist University<br />

graduate student Catie Whiting<br />

shows a picture <strong>to</strong> children<br />

in a Masai village in Kenya<br />

during a mission trip in 2013.<br />

(Courtesy of Sharon Pittman)<br />

26 Married, but Alone<br />

on the Sabbath<br />

Katherine Carey<br />

A day of worship—for<br />

her but not for him<br />

29 The Life of Faith<br />

30 Etc.<br />

31 Reflections<br />

Next Week<br />

Car<strong>to</strong>graphy of Faith<br />

Not knowing where we’re<br />

going can be so traumatic that<br />

we can’t enjoy the journey.<br />

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Letters From Our Readers<br />

Value in Brevity<br />

»»<br />

Stephen Chavez’s edi<strong>to</strong>rial<br />

“Beyond Words” (Oct. 24,<br />

2013) about using Holy<br />

Spirit-directed brevity in our<br />

communications is timely.<br />

There is value in completeness,<br />

but sometimes more so<br />

in brevity—it often invites<br />

further inquiry. The widely<br />

known columnist Walter<br />

Winchell was fond of telling<br />

this s<strong>to</strong>ry of enforced brevity:<br />

A young cub reporter on a<br />

big metropolitan newspaper,<br />

assigned <strong>to</strong> write obituaries,<br />

was writing overly lengthy<br />

accounts many paragraphs<br />

long on the deaths of people<br />

of no particular station in<br />

life. Fed up with his wordiness,<br />

the edi<strong>to</strong>r threatened,<br />

“One more obit like this and<br />

you’ll be fired!”<br />

The reporter’s next assignment<br />

was <strong>to</strong> write about a<br />

death in a hotel. He reported<br />

it this way: “John K. Brown<br />

looked up the eleva<strong>to</strong>r shaft<br />

of the Jones Hotel <strong>to</strong>day <strong>to</strong><br />

see if the eleva<strong>to</strong>r was on its<br />

way down. It was. Age: 46.”<br />

Thereinafter the edi<strong>to</strong>r<br />

had no problem with the<br />

reporter’s obituaries.<br />

Brevity, yes, but that’s not<br />

our biggest problem. It is<br />

merely opening our mouths<br />

<strong>to</strong> speak a word for God’s<br />

truth “in season.”<br />

Herbert Ford<br />

Angwin, California<br />

Clergy Appreciation<br />

»»<br />

I appreciated the Review’s<br />

inclusion of “Seven Things<br />

Pas<strong>to</strong>rs Wish Their Congregation<br />

Would Do” on page 7<br />

of the Oc<strong>to</strong>ber 24 edition.<br />

On an Oc<strong>to</strong>ber Sabbath<br />

this year one of my congregations<br />

(I pas<strong>to</strong>r two churches)<br />

gave me a public affirmation<br />

for Clergy Appreciation<br />

Month, as well as a very nice<br />

gift. This congregation does<br />

the same at Christmas and<br />

for my birthday. I feel very<br />

loved and appreciated by this<br />

congregation.<br />

On the other hand, my<br />

other church has never had<br />

any kind of public affirmation<br />

of my ministry, nor have<br />

I ever received any kind of<br />

gift for Clergy Appreciation<br />

Month, at Christmas, or my<br />

birthday. I know that I’m<br />

appreciated because I hear it<br />

from an individual member<br />

now and then, but it’s never<br />

been done in a public way.<br />

It’s amazing how different<br />

one congregation can be<br />

from another. Perhaps your<br />

article will inspire more<br />

churches <strong>to</strong> express their<br />

appreciation <strong>to</strong> their pas<strong>to</strong>rs.<br />

Name Withheld<br />

The Adventist Church<br />

Is Intentional<br />

»»<br />

I love that the Adventist<br />

Church is intentional in its<br />

planning. I love that its<br />

intentionality leads <strong>to</strong> strategic<br />

planning through surveys<br />

of Adventist members<br />

worldwide, Bible study, and<br />

the guidance of the Holy<br />

Spirit, as reported by Elizabeth<br />

Lechleitner in “Major<br />

Survey <strong>to</strong> Inform Adventist<br />

Church’s Next Strategic Plan”<br />

(Oct. 24).<br />

I also love the idea that<br />

“more Bible reading and<br />

prayer will probably be in<br />

every Adventist strategic<br />

plan until the world ends.” I<br />

pray that we, as members of<br />

the Adventist Church, will be<br />

intentional as well! May we<br />

study our Bibles and pray<br />

with the intent of getting <strong>to</strong><br />

know Jesus our Savior better<br />

and of loving Him more<br />

fully!<br />

Betty Villarreal<br />

West Richland, Washing<strong>to</strong>n<br />

www.adventistreview.org<br />

Oc<strong>to</strong>ber 17, 2013<br />

OctO ber 17, 2013<br />

Vol. 190, No. 29<br />

Adventists Lauded by<br />

Humane Society<br />

Building Bridges<br />

Following the<br />

Message<br />

»»<br />

I’m writing in regard <strong>to</strong><br />

Arthur Chadwick and Ingo<br />

Sorke’s cover article “What<br />

on Earth Happened in 1844?”<br />

(Oct. 17, 2013). It is well documented<br />

what occurred <strong>to</strong><br />

those believers who had<br />

responded <strong>to</strong> God’s prophetic<br />

words found in Daniel<br />

8:14. Another question is:<br />

What was our omniscient<br />

God doing by the message<br />

He sent <strong>to</strong> earth as presented<br />

in the tenth chapter of Revelation,<br />

for it describes the<br />

experience of those who<br />

embraced the prophetic<br />

Wi ling Hearts<br />

8<br />

14<br />

26<br />

preaching of Daniel 8:14?<br />

God was at work—from<br />

those believers He would<br />

launch His “remnant” people<br />

who “must prophesy again.”<br />

The 2300-year prophetic<br />

period has passed. Earth has<br />

entered Daniel’s “time of the<br />

end.” The message <strong>to</strong> be proclaimed<br />

is found in Revelation<br />

14:6-12. If Seventh-day<br />

Adventists were <strong>to</strong> abandon<br />

this mission, we would<br />

become a part of Babylon.<br />

Let us turn and live<br />

according <strong>to</strong> the appeal<br />

made by the everlasting gospel.<br />

We must not let Satan’s<br />

warfare turn us from the<br />

God-given mission (see Rev.<br />

12:17). Then through the<br />

heavens we can beam the<br />

message from <strong>to</strong>wer <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong>wer, saying, “O earth, it is<br />

the last, last hour. Jesus is<br />

coming again.”<br />

David Manzano<br />

Harriman, Tennessee<br />

The Prophetic<br />

Rendezvous of 1844<br />

»»<br />

Elijah Mvundura’s “The<br />

Prophetic Rendezvous of<br />

1844” (Oct. 17) is one very<br />

difficult article <strong>to</strong> read. I<br />

found that the language<br />

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nearly choked my understanding<br />

of this work. I “got<br />

the drift” of the conclusion,<br />

but I would’ve appreciated<br />

reading it without needing<br />

<strong>to</strong> have a Thesaurus at my<br />

fingertip. Maybe a second or<br />

third reading will help clarify<br />

it more.<br />

Janice Schnurr<br />

via e-mail<br />

Allure of the Church<br />

»»<br />

Jimmy Phillips’ article<br />

“Allure of the Church” (Oct.<br />

10, 2013) has started a train<br />

of thought. As I think of the<br />

life of Christ, the lives of the<br />

apostles Paul and Peter, and<br />

the lives of our early Seventh-day<br />

Adventist Church<br />

pioneers, I notice this: Their<br />

lives were characterized by<br />

self-denial and self-sacrifice.<br />

It is crucial <strong>to</strong> realize that<br />

self-denial and self-sacrifice,<br />

which are also frequently<br />

mentioned in the Spirit of<br />

Prophecy writings, apply <strong>to</strong> a<br />

host of things, from luxury<br />

cruises <strong>to</strong> personal adornment,<br />

men’s <strong>to</strong>ys, tickets <strong>to</strong><br />

commercial sporting events,<br />

elaborate homes, and fancy<br />

cars.<br />

There are people having<br />

trouble putting food on the<br />

table, or who are struggling<br />

<strong>to</strong> send their children <strong>to</strong> our<br />

schools. There are AIDS<br />

orphans and famine victims<br />

in Africa. These people could<br />

benefit from our self-denial<br />

and self-sacrifice.<br />

We would do well <strong>to</strong> heed<br />

these words from Ellen G.<br />

White: “Should we dress in<br />

plain, modest apparel without<br />

reference <strong>to</strong> the fashions;<br />

should our tables at all times<br />

be set with simple, healthful<br />

food, avoiding all luxuries,<br />

all extravagance; should our<br />

houses be built with becoming<br />

plainness, and furnished<br />

in the same manner, it would<br />

show the sanctifying power<br />

of the truth and would have<br />

a telling influence upon<br />

unbelievers” (Testimonies for<br />

the Church, vol. 5, p. 206).<br />

Does self-denial and selfsacrifice<br />

cause people <strong>to</strong> be<br />

sad-faced and joyless? It<br />

didn’t seem <strong>to</strong> do that <strong>to</strong><br />

Jesus, Paul, or Peter—or<br />

Ellen White.<br />

Donald E. Casebolt<br />

College Place, Washing<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Theological Articles<br />

»»<br />

Thank you for your recent<br />

magazine editions containing<br />

articles on theology<br />

dealing with 1844, 1888, and<br />

other issues that have<br />

divided the church for many<br />

generations. I refer <strong>to</strong> the<br />

<strong>to</strong>pics of “last generation<br />

holiness,” “universal legal<br />

justification,” and the nature<br />

of Christ’s humanity. (Actually,<br />

the human Christ was<br />

not like Adam either before<br />

or after the Fall. He was<br />

unique.)<br />

These are <strong>to</strong>pics and questions<br />

that need <strong>to</strong> be dealt<br />

with. Thanks for being brave<br />

enough <strong>to</strong> tackle them.<br />

Beatrice Neall<br />

Ooltewah, TN<br />

Still Reading<br />

»»<br />

I’ve been a reader of the Adventist<br />

Review since my college<br />

days (1953-1958) as copies<br />

were available on the moni<strong>to</strong>r’s<br />

counter in the dorm<br />

lobby. I would pick one up as<br />

copies of The Youth’s Instruc<strong>to</strong>r<br />

were placed in each room by<br />

the Friday moni<strong>to</strong>r.<br />

I loved the Review then, and<br />

I’m still reading it. I’ve been a<br />

subscriber for many years.<br />

Thank you for this<br />

magazine.<br />

Lydia Valido<br />

Waipahu, Hawaii<br />

Understandable<br />

»»<br />

Thank you for printing<br />

Andy Nash’s “No One Close:<br />

The Finest Adventist Author”<br />

(Sept. 19, 2013). This article<br />

has shown me how I can<br />

compare Ellen White’s writings<br />

<strong>to</strong> the Bible <strong>to</strong> see how I<br />

“Brevity, yes, but that’s not our biggest problem. It is<br />

merely opening our mouths <strong>to</strong> speak a word for God’s truth<br />

in season.<br />

”<br />

—herbert ford, Angwin, California<br />

“I pray that we, as members of the<br />

Adventist Church, will be intentional<br />

as well!<br />

”<br />

—Betty villarreal, West Richland, Washing<strong>to</strong>n<br />

can get God in my life. I’ve<br />

read parts of the Bible again<br />

and again and never really<br />

unders<strong>to</strong>od it. But now I will<br />

be able <strong>to</strong> read a section of<br />

the Bible then<br />

see what<br />

White has<br />

written about<br />

it. I can now<br />

understand<br />

what I’m reading and how I<br />

can relate it <strong>to</strong> my life.<br />

Thank you so much for<br />

showing this awesome way<br />

<strong>to</strong> me, I can now understand<br />

God’s word and share it with<br />

others better.<br />

Amber B.<br />

Niles, Michigan<br />

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Edi<strong>to</strong>rials<br />

Bill<br />

Knott<br />

Each edition<br />

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grace.<br />

Go Ask Erica<br />

Jack and Marcia stand beside the shepherd at the sanctuary<br />

door, eyes alight with holy joy, hair still damp from the still waters of the baptistry. Erica, not quite<br />

4 and resplendent in her favorite purple dress, dances around them excitedly, knowing only that<br />

something big is happening and that she and her parents are at the center of it.<br />

The line of church members greeting the newly baptized couple at the exit is deliberately slow.<br />

This isn’t a moment <strong>to</strong> be rushed. The congregation hasn’t witnessed the baptism of an undivided<br />

family in six years, and there is—even though this is an Adventist church—an unmistakable<br />

mood of celebration.<br />

* * * * * *<br />

Jack and Marcia take the off-ramp from the interstate on their way <strong>to</strong> the Saturday “Price-<br />

Buster Day” at the Eastfield shopping mall. Erica, suddenly alert, points excitedly out the rear<br />

passenger window as the Camry passes within hailing distance of the modest brick church. “Are<br />

we going <strong>to</strong> Sabbath school, Daddy? Are we, are we?” she squeals in anticipated delight. “It’s been<br />

so long, Mommy. And I wonder if my favorite lamb is still there—you know, the one with the<br />

brown nose? Why don’t we go there anymore?”<br />

* * * * * *<br />

It is the least-acknowledged fact of our life <strong>to</strong>gether, the <strong>to</strong>pic we would rather not discuss.<br />

Fully 25 percent of those who join our fellowship by baptism or profession of faith have disappeared<br />

within the first 12 months of membership, taking with them their hope, their joys, and<br />

gifts the Spirit intended us <strong>to</strong> have.<br />

“It’s just the price of doing the Lord’s business,” someone says in explanation. “You win some;<br />

you lose some. It’s that way in every human enterprise.”<br />

“No church bats 1,000 percent,” another quickly adds. “It’s not our fault that they fell away<br />

from faith and s<strong>to</strong>pped coming <strong>to</strong> church. They probably never really unders<strong>to</strong>od what they were<br />

doing in the first place. Being an Adventist isn’t always easy, you know.”<br />

All of which seems remarkably clear-eyed and sensible, unless your name is Jack or Marcia—or<br />

Erica. So long as we continue <strong>to</strong> congratulate ourselves on the fact that most of the flock is still<br />

intact, we will not sorrow overmuch when some wander off and get lost; when wolves pick off the<br />

stragglers or the doctrinally unsure; when chairs go empty and woolly lambs remain unloved in<br />

the Kindergarten room. We did the best we could.<br />

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Are these new believers worth it?<br />

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Invisible Web<br />

God’s invisible web connecting Adventists all around the<br />

world is truly amazing. I was recently privileged <strong>to</strong> participate in an Adventist Heritage Tour<br />

organized by Sue Patzer from the North Pacific Union Conference. On our first day, I met Shirley<br />

and Larry Panasuk of College Place, Washing<strong>to</strong>n. Before his retirement, Gary worked for the<br />

United States Department of Agriculture as part of its embassy staff all around the globe. From<br />

1990 <strong>to</strong> 1995 Shirley and Larry had been stationed in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, a country with<br />

very few Seventh-day Adventists. He <strong>to</strong>ld me how he had received a phone call one day from a<br />

young Turkish woman who announced that she was a Seventh-day Adventist and was looking for<br />

Adventist brothers and sisters. Her name was Melek.<br />

When he mentioned that name my wife, Chantal, and I looked at each other. Could it be? Melek<br />

and her young daughter, Pelen, had been our neighbors in our first year of married life living in a<br />

tiny flat on the campus of Helderberg College, South Africa. Melek’s conversion had begun with a<br />

South African Adventist <strong>to</strong>ur group. Melek had been their <strong>to</strong>ur guide, and God had found her in<br />

Turkey. Friends helped her study at Helderberg College, and she later went <strong>to</strong> Andrews University,<br />

where she met her husband, David. Both have been active in service for Jesus over the past 20 years.<br />

Why do I tell you this s<strong>to</strong>ry? God’s timing and His web design are impeccable. This particular<br />

part of God’s web connected an American couple serving in Turkey, a Turkish woman searching<br />

for peace and purpose, and a German studying in South Africa. God not only owns the cattle on<br />

a thousand hills—He knows every one of His creatures and wants <strong>to</strong> make us part of His divine<br />

web. I am looking forward <strong>to</strong> the time I will see God’s intricate web design of my life, the impact<br />

that I have had on others and that others have had on me.<br />

Standing around the throne of the Lamb promises <strong>to</strong> be exciting. n<br />

Gerald A.<br />


World News & Perspectives<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>: Courtesy La Sierra University<br />

REACCREDITED: La Sierra University recently received a three-year accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association.<br />


La Sierra University Receives<br />

Adventist Accrediting<br />

Association Renewal<br />

BY MARK A. KELLNER, news edi<strong>to</strong>r<br />

La Sierra University (LSU), a Seventhday<br />

Adventist-owned educational institution<br />

in Riverside, California, received a<br />

three-year accreditation through 2016,<br />

following a vote by the Adventist Accrediting<br />

Association (AAA) board, which met<br />

Wednesday, Oc<strong>to</strong>ber 9, in Silver Spring,<br />

Maryland.<br />

Formally known as the Accrediting<br />

Association of Seventh-day Adventist<br />

Schools, Colleges, and Universities, the<br />

AAA is the denominational accrediting<br />

authority for all tertiary and graduate<br />

educational programs and institutions<br />

owned by Seventh-day Adventist<br />

Church entities. The organization meets<br />

twice each year <strong>to</strong> receive reports and<br />

take actions <strong>to</strong> certify the uniquely Adventist<br />

identity of the church’s 112<br />

institutions of higher learning. Colleges<br />

and universities are typically accredited<br />

for specified periods of time, and 25<br />

institutions were considered at the<br />

Oc<strong>to</strong>ber 9 meeting.<br />

The maximum term granted for<br />

accreditation is five years, Lisa Beardsley-Hardy,<br />

direc<strong>to</strong>r of education for the<br />

Seventh-day Adventist world church<br />

and chair of the AAA board, said. The<br />

three-year accreditation was granted<br />

following an April 2013 AAA committee’s<br />

report of “good progress” by La<br />

Sierra administra<strong>to</strong>rs in addressing<br />

items brought <strong>to</strong> their attention during<br />

a 2010 AAA site visit. The AAA action<br />

Wednesday also specified that another<br />

“focused visit”—the terms of which<br />

Beardsley-Hardy did not specify—<br />

would take place after the first year of<br />

the new accreditation term.<br />

The La Sierra accreditation decision<br />

was made after “a thorough and careful<br />

deliberation,” Beardsley-Hardy said. She<br />

also expressed “optimism that they<br />

[La Sierra] will continue <strong>to</strong> make<br />

progress.”<br />

Commenting on the action, La<br />

Sierra University president Randal R.<br />

Wisbey said, “La Sierra University<br />

appreciates the AAA board recognizing<br />

the good progress that the university<br />

is making and its grant of full<br />

accreditation through 2016. We will<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> build on the many commendations<br />

of the visiting team and<br />

will continue <strong>to</strong> follow through on<br />

their recommendations.”<br />

According <strong>to</strong> the AAA handbook:<br />

“Through the accreditation process, the<br />

institution demonstrates how it aligns<br />

its efforts and resources <strong>to</strong> provide the<br />

best academic education possible—<br />

while also nurturing faith in God and<br />

preparing students for positions of<br />

leadership in their communities and<br />

churches. The accreditation process<br />

helps the institution accomplish these<br />

goals.”<br />

The accreditation issue—which<br />

includes denominational recognition by<br />

the church and qualifies a school for<br />

denominational appropriations—arose<br />

following a two-year controversy over<br />

La Sierra’s teachings on origins. Beginning<br />

in 2009, critics—including some<br />

church leaders, laypersons, and LSU<br />

students—claimed that the school<br />

taught the theory of evolution <strong>to</strong> biology<br />

students as the explanation for the<br />

origin of life (see Adventist Review, Apr.<br />

15, 2010, http://bit.ly/1dQ JcEw). n<br />

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■■Philippines<br />

Outpouring of Prayer and Support in<br />

Wake of Devastating Typhoon<br />

ADRA preparing initial response; GC president Wilson calls for united prayer<br />


pho<strong>to</strong>: Moises Musico/ADRA Philippines<br />

Seventh-day Adventists worldwide<br />

are rallying support and prayers in<br />

the wake of what is likely the Philippines’<br />

worst natural disaster, and one of the<br />

most powerful recorded typhoons <strong>to</strong><br />

ever hit land.<br />

Super Typhoon Haiyan barreled<br />

across the central islands of the archipelago<br />

beginning November 8, flattening<br />

entire <strong>to</strong>wns with 195-mph<br />

sustained winds and a massive s<strong>to</strong>rm<br />

surge more often associated with a tsunami,<br />

news reports said.<br />

With cell <strong>to</strong>wers <strong>to</strong>ppled, widespread<br />

power outages, and roads clogged with<br />

debris, communication—especially <strong>to</strong><br />

remote rural areas—remains “very challenging,”<br />

according <strong>to</strong> a situation report<br />

from the Adventist Development and<br />

Relief Agency (ADRA), the church’s<br />

humanitarian arm.<br />

“We are still trying <strong>to</strong> connect with<br />

our people, pas<strong>to</strong>rs, church members,<br />

and loved ones in the hardest-hit areas,”<br />

said Adelaida Ortilano, ADRA Philippines<br />

office coordina<strong>to</strong>r.<br />

General Conference president Ted N.<br />

C. Wilson, in Manila for the church’s<br />

Southern Asia-Pacific Division year-end<br />

meetings when the typhoon struck,<br />

DEVASTATION: A family sifts through<br />

what is left of their home after supertyphoon<br />

Yoland hit Northern Cebu<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>: Moises Musico/ADRA Philippines<br />

urged Adventists worldwide <strong>to</strong> join him<br />

in “special prayer” for those in the central<br />

Philippines “who received such a<br />

devastating blow.” Wilson also led a<br />

prayer service for the victims during a<br />

large rally in Manila on Saturday.<br />

“Certainly this is the time for the Seventh-day<br />

Adventist Church <strong>to</strong> show<br />

Christ’s compassion and power <strong>to</strong> help<br />

rebuild lives,” Wilson said in a statement<br />

from the Manila International Airport.<br />

ADRA aid crews have been on the<br />

ground in the Philippines since last<br />

week, tracking the typhoon’s anticipated<br />

path and poised for rapid assessment,<br />

ADRA officials said.<br />

Moises Musico, ADRA program officer<br />

and emergency coordina<strong>to</strong>r, stationed in<br />

Bohol before the typhoon hit on Friday,<br />

immediately left <strong>to</strong> assess destruction in<br />

northern Cebu. “The damage we are seeing<br />

so far is huge and scattered. . . . We<br />

are expecting huge numbers of damaged<br />

homes and displaced residents,”<br />

Musico said after an initial assessment.<br />

ADRA’s emergency management team<br />

is focusing on northern Cebu, Bohol,<br />

and Iloilo, where aid workers are preparing<br />

<strong>to</strong> distribute shelter, food, and<br />

clean water.<br />

SEEKING SHELTER: Survivors attempt <strong>to</strong><br />

build a temporary shelter from debris after<br />

super-typhoon Yolanda devastated parts<br />

of the central Philippines.<br />

The ADRA Philippines office owns<br />

water purifiers, deployed <strong>to</strong> provide<br />

potable water <strong>to</strong> devastated communities,<br />

officials said. A technical support<br />

team from ADRA Germany is expected <strong>to</strong><br />

assist in the implementation of this<br />

purification system.<br />

ADRA Philippines is planning <strong>to</strong> send<br />

an appeal for donations <strong>to</strong> regional<br />

ADRA offices around the world. Needs<br />

are “overwhelming,” a news release<br />

from the office said. Emergency funds in<br />

the country are dwindling because of a<br />

series of recent disasters, including<br />

Oc<strong>to</strong>ber’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.<br />

Philippine president Benigno Aquino<br />

declared a “state of calamity” in the<br />

country on November 10. Philippines<br />

officials estimate that at least 10,000<br />

people may have died in the s<strong>to</strong>rm. If<br />

confirmed, it would make Typhoon Haiyan<br />

the country’s worst recorded natural<br />

disaster.<br />

The Adventist world church expects<br />

<strong>to</strong> contribute funds <strong>to</strong> relief efforts, Wilson<br />

said. As news of the super typhoon<br />

spread, Seventh-day Adventist congregations<br />

around the world already began<br />

a response. In Vancouver, British<br />

Columbia, Canada, the Vancouver Filipino<br />

Seventh-day Adventist Church held<br />

a special prayer service November 9, and<br />

was visited by local media.<br />

“Most of my family is there where the<br />

typhoon path is. The last time I heard<br />

from them was just when the typhoon<br />

hit. I have not heard from them <strong>to</strong>day. I<br />

am worrying, I am praying for them and<br />

I hope that all of them are OK,” Vancouver<br />

Filipino Adventist Church member<br />

Johanna Trinidad <strong>to</strong>ld the Canada-based<br />

Global News service. n<br />

—with additional reporting by Adventist<br />

Review staff<br />

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World News & Perspectives<br />


Annual Council Ends With Flurry of<br />

Administrative, Ministry Actions<br />

BY ELIZABETH LECHLEITNER, Adventist News Network<br />

Deacons and deaconesses in the<br />

Seventh-day Adventist Church—a force<br />

of 700,000 who support church activities<br />

worldwide, particularly in congregations<br />

lacking a full-time pas<strong>to</strong>r—will<br />

now be supported by the church’s Ministerial<br />

Association, thanks <strong>to</strong> an Oc<strong>to</strong>ber<br />

16 vote by Annual Council<br />

delegates.<br />

The move was one of several actions<br />

taken on the final day of the yearly gathering<br />

of Seventh-day Adventist leaders<br />

from around the world, held this year in<br />

Silver Spring, Maryland.<br />

Jonas Arrais, associate secretary for<br />

Elders and Ministerial Training, asked<br />

delegates <strong>to</strong> officially place deacons and<br />

deaconesses under the auspices of the<br />

association, which already supports<br />

church pas<strong>to</strong>rs and local elders.<br />

Arrais explained that fewer than<br />

30,000 pas<strong>to</strong>rs oversee the Adventist<br />

world church’s 140,000 congregations.<br />

The church’s 250,000 elders are often<br />

recognized—rightfully so—as surrogate<br />

pas<strong>to</strong>rs, he said, but the work of<br />

the church’s 700,000 deacons and deaconesses<br />

often goes unacknowledged<br />

and unsupported.<br />

“When Jesus came <strong>to</strong> earth, He came<br />

<strong>to</strong> serve. The ministry of Jesus as a servant<br />

is the model for the ministry of<br />

deacons and deaconesses,” Arrais said.<br />

“They have a deep spirit of service. We<br />

need <strong>to</strong> recognize, we need <strong>to</strong> value, the<br />

work of these volunteers.”<br />

Delegates approved the request<br />

unanimously.<br />

At the meeting, Andrews University<br />

president Niels-Erik Andreasen introduced<br />

a new Bible commentary <strong>to</strong> be<br />

published by the university’s press in<br />

2015. The commentary is a companion<br />

<strong>to</strong> the previously released Andrews Study<br />

Bible, Andreasen said. It is being edited<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>: Ansel Oliver/Adventist News Network<br />

CHANGES PROPOSED: Adventist Church<br />

undersecretary Myron Iseminger introduced<br />

several suggested policy adjustments<br />

at Annual Council on Oc<strong>to</strong>ber 16,<br />

2013.<br />

by former Biblical Research Institute<br />

direc<strong>to</strong>r Ángel Manuel Rodríguez and<br />

written by an international team of Adventist<br />

Bible scholars.<br />

Andreasen said the new commentary<br />

would deepen readers’ understanding<br />

of biblical themes, going section by section<br />

rather than verse by verse. Verses,<br />

he explained, were not added <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Bible until later, making thematic study<br />

of the Scriptures essential.<br />

Delegates each received a printed<br />

sample of selected portions of the commentary.<br />

The General Conference is<br />

assisting Andrews University in funding<br />

the project.<br />

During the meeting, GC president Ted<br />

N. C. Wilson <strong>to</strong>ok <strong>to</strong> the microphone <strong>to</strong><br />

draw attention <strong>to</strong> the “distinction”<br />

between church and institutional structure.<br />

Some church entities, he said, now<br />

use the title “vice president for finance”<br />

instead of the traditional “treasurer.”<br />

Similarly, he said, some church administra<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

now favor “vice president for<br />

administration” over “secretary.”<br />

“This is not as it should be. Please use<br />

the correct nomenclature,” Wilson said.<br />

“When you use the other nomenclature,<br />

you are setting up a presidential system.<br />

Within the church, we report <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Executive Committee, not the president.<br />

We work in consultation.”<br />

Later delegates approved several<br />

reorganization requests from local<br />

church administrative units. The Indian<br />

Ocean Union Mission and Botswana<br />

Union Mission will each become union<br />

conferences, a move that recognizes<br />

self-sufficiency in leadership and<br />

finances.<br />

“It hasn’t been easy <strong>to</strong> gain union<br />

conference status in some parts of the<br />

world,” said Pardon Mwansa, a general<br />

vice president of the General Conference.<br />

“This is a huge accomplishment.<br />

Congratulations and blessings.”<br />

Delegates also approved the reorganization<br />

of the Kenya Union Mission in<strong>to</strong><br />

two union conferences—the East Kenya<br />

Union Conference and West Kenya<br />

Union Conference. Similarly, the Tanzania<br />

Union Mission will split in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

North Tanzania Union Conference and<br />

the South Tanzania Union Mission.<br />

Delegates also voted <strong>to</strong> grant union<br />

mission status <strong>to</strong> the North East Congo<br />

Attached Terri<strong>to</strong>ry. All reorganizations<br />

will go in<strong>to</strong> effect by December 31,<br />

allowing the newly created administrative<br />

units <strong>to</strong> send delegates <strong>to</strong> the 2015<br />

General Conference session.<br />

Earlier in the week, Annual Council<br />

delegates also voted <strong>to</strong> receive a statement<br />

from the recent International<br />

Urban Mission Conference, in which the<br />

church pledged <strong>to</strong> make significant<br />

efforts <strong>to</strong> reach large cities, particularly<br />

those without a Seventh-day Adventist<br />

presence. The statement calls for a<br />

“twice-yearly reporting and assessment<br />

system that informs the church about<br />

urban mission objectives, activities, and<br />

progress.”<br />

Delegates this week also celebrated<br />

the success of the Great Controversy<br />

Project, an initiative <strong>to</strong> distribute copies<br />

of The Great Controversy, authored by Adventist<br />

Church cofounder Ellen G.<br />

White. More than 142 million copies<br />

have been distributed since the initia-<br />

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tive launched in 2011.<br />

Many people joined the Adventist<br />

Church through the initiative, including<br />

Marcelo Pereira dos San<strong>to</strong>s and his family,<br />

from Brazil. “We understand that<br />

this is only the beginning of a new life,”<br />

said dos San<strong>to</strong>s, who addressed delegates<br />

from the stage. “I hope my life and<br />

testimony will be useful <strong>to</strong> many brothers<br />

and sisters who have not yet realized<br />

the infinite love of God.” n<br />

—additional reporting by Mark A. Kellner<br />


Ten Years On,<br />

Adventist<br />

Church’s Hope<br />

Channel Claims<br />

Global Vic<strong>to</strong>ries<br />

New Philippines channel<br />

launched during Annual<br />

Council report<br />

BY MARK A. KELLNER, news edi<strong>to</strong>r<br />

Devir Magaad uses his own strength<br />

<strong>to</strong> operate a pedicab—a tricycle with a<br />

large seat for passengers and cargo—<br />

through the streets of Cagayan de Oro<br />

City, capital of the southern province of<br />

Mindanao in the Republic of the Philippines.<br />

For that arduous work he makes<br />

perhaps US$5 per day.<br />

Although Magaad is not yet a member<br />

of the Seventh-day Adventist<br />

Church, he was so inspired by the Adventist<br />

message and the potential for<br />

Christian television via a new Hope<br />

Channel Philippines, that he’s committed<br />

<strong>to</strong> donate 50 Philippine pesos, about<br />

US$1.16, weekly <strong>to</strong> help the outreach<br />

grow.<br />

“I’m here <strong>to</strong> willingly give my donation,”<br />

Magaad says <strong>to</strong> a camera filming<br />

his visit <strong>to</strong> a Seventh-day Adventist<br />

Church office. “I feel so happy <strong>to</strong> help<br />

the Lord’s work.”<br />

That spirit, augmented by the commitment<br />

of millions around the globe,<br />

has propelled Hope Channel, a General<br />

Conference-owned network now consisting<br />

of 15 different satellite and<br />

broadcast operations spanning the<br />

globe and using a dozen or more languages.<br />

Delegates <strong>to</strong> the 2013 Annual<br />

Council heard a report celebrating the<br />

PHOTO: Brandan Roberts/ANN<br />

PHILIPPINES EXPANSION: Alber<strong>to</strong> C. Gulfan, president of the church’s Southern Asia-<br />

Pacific Division, explains the plans for Hope Channel Philippines <strong>to</strong> Hope Channel executives<br />

Kandus Thorp, vice president for programming and international development,<br />

center, and Brad Thorp, Hope Channel president.<br />

tenth anniversary of Hope Channel’s<br />

launch, which <strong>to</strong>ok place at the 2003<br />

yearly business meeting, and witnessed<br />

the formal launch of the Philippines’<br />

station.<br />

Brad Thorp, Hope Channel president,<br />

recalled “a his<strong>to</strong>ry of miracles” in the<br />

course of developing the network. In<br />

the past few years Germany adjusted its<br />

broadcast standards <strong>to</strong> allow “single<br />

point-of-view” religious stations <strong>to</strong><br />

operate in the nation, something that<br />

hadn’t been possible in more than six<br />

decades. Thorp noted that Hope Channel<br />

Germany was the first such station<br />

licensed by the government there. A<br />

similar license was approved in Bulgaria,<br />

and an application is pending in<br />

Russia, he added.<br />

Hope has added service for the Middle<br />

East/North Africa region, India and<br />

China, Thorp said. The organization<br />

now has 65,000 hours of programming<br />

available for broadcast. And such programs<br />

are bringing results, he added,<br />

quoting Er<strong>to</strong>n Köhler, South American<br />

Division president: “Every week, thousands<br />

of people come in<strong>to</strong> Adventist<br />

churches because of the Hope<br />

Channel.”<br />

But it was the s<strong>to</strong>ry of the Philippines<br />

opening that likely had the most<br />

emotional impact on the Annual Council<br />

audience. The three Seventh-day Adventist<br />

Church unions in the country,<br />

along with the Southern Asia-Pacific<br />

Division, headquartered near Manila,<br />

have established three media centers <strong>to</strong><br />

serve production needs. However,<br />

licenses and related costs had <strong>to</strong> be<br />

met, a <strong>to</strong>tal, division president Alber<strong>to</strong><br />

C. Gulfan said, of 520 million Philippine<br />

pesos, or approximately US$12<br />

million. Broadcast licenses have<br />

already been obtained for five of the<br />

nation’s largest cities, and 36 more<br />

applications are due <strong>to</strong> be filed, Thorp<br />

added.<br />

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World News & Perspectives<br />

Thus was born a campaign <strong>to</strong> get<br />

100,000 of the Philippine’s 1 million Seventh-day<br />

Adventists <strong>to</strong> pledge 20 pesos,<br />

about 46 cents U.S., every Sabbath for the<br />

next five years. It is <strong>to</strong> this campaign that<br />

pedicab driver Magaad is donating.<br />

“When I first saw that [video] clip,”<br />

Thorpe said, “I wept. This is the vision<br />

of taking the gospel <strong>to</strong> the cities.” n<br />

■■north america<br />

Kenyan Adventist Wins NYC Marathon’s<br />

Women’s Section<br />

Also, Colorado Adventists raise funds for vulnerable children<br />

Seventh-day Adventists<br />

played several roles in<br />

the 2013 INC New York City<br />

Marathon on November 3,<br />

2013. A Kenyan Adventist<br />

won the women’s division of<br />

the race, along with a U.S.<br />

$500,000 prize.<br />

Also, two Adventists from<br />

Colorado ran <strong>to</strong> help vulnerable<br />

children around the<br />

world.<br />

Kenyan Priscah Jep<strong>to</strong>o not<br />

only participated in her first<br />

New York City Marathon<br />

that day, but also finished<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>: AP/Kathy Willens<br />

Need caption head: Priscah Jep<strong>to</strong>o (center) a<br />

Seventh-day Adventist from Kenya, poses with<br />

fellow competi<strong>to</strong>rs after winning the women’s<br />

title at the New York City Marathon on November<br />

3. Jep<strong>to</strong>o is a member of the Adventist Athletic<br />

Association in Kenya.<br />

first, with a time of 2:25:07. She crossed the line 49 seconds<br />

ahead of the second-place women’s finisher, Buzunesh<br />

Deba. With the vic<strong>to</strong>ry, Jep<strong>to</strong>o earned the World Marathon<br />

Majors women’s title, and the $500,000 bonus that comes<br />

with it.<br />

Jep<strong>to</strong>o’s church pas<strong>to</strong>r, Noah Kipkoeth Chumo, says that<br />

the church prayed for her. “We are very thankful for Priscah.<br />

She and her husband are very dedicated and committed <strong>to</strong><br />

the church.” Chumo explains that Jep<strong>to</strong>o’s husband has<br />

been called <strong>to</strong> be a deacon in the church next year, adding<br />

that “when she comes back from New York, we will have a<br />

special celebration.”<br />

(Edi<strong>to</strong>r’s Note: The January 2014 issue of Adventist World magazine<br />

will feature a longer report on Jep<strong>to</strong>o’s win.)<br />

Among the 50,000 other enthusiastic runners were David<br />

Kennedy (right), pas<strong>to</strong>r of the Newday Christian Seventhday<br />

Adventist Church in Parker, Colorado, and his friend<br />

and church member Scott Miller. The Coloradans ran with<br />

Team World Vision <strong>to</strong> raise awareness of vulnerable children<br />

worldwide.<br />

Kennedy said, “Our church has worked with World Vision<br />

for the past 10 years in Rwanda, so we’ve seen firsthand the<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>: Courtesy of David Kennedy and Scott Miller<br />

GOING THE DISTANCE: David Kennedy<br />

(right) and Scott Miller ran the New York<br />

City Marathon <strong>to</strong> raise money for vulnerable<br />

children. They attend the Newday Seventh-day<br />

Adventist Church in Parker, Colorado,<br />

where Kennedy is the pas<strong>to</strong>r.<br />

way they are able <strong>to</strong> transform a community through child<br />

sponsorship. When we were invited <strong>to</strong> run the New York<br />

City Marathon <strong>to</strong> raise awareness and money for child protection,<br />

it was a win-win—support a fantastic organization<br />

that does incredible work rescuing and protecting vulnerable<br />

children, and get <strong>to</strong> run one of the most epic marathons<br />

in the world.” <br />

The 32-member Team World Vision collectively raised<br />

more than $208,000, with donations still coming in. Kennedy<br />

exceeded his personal fund-raising goal of $6,100, and<br />

finished the race in 3:44:52. Miller exceeded his goal of<br />

$5,000, and finished the marathon in 3:43:46. “That money<br />

will be used in places such as Bangladesh and Cambodia <strong>to</strong><br />

fight child slavery and sex trafficking,” Kennedy said.<br />

During the race, when things got <strong>to</strong>ugh, he said, “We<br />

thought of children in dark places all over the world, and<br />

that gave us motivation <strong>to</strong> keep running. We were running<br />

for them.”<br />

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization<br />

that tackles the causes of poverty and injustice regardless of<br />

religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. n<br />

—reported by Adventist Review staff and Diane Thurber<br />

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poem<br />

Lilacs<br />

The sun set slowly<br />

As the teardrops spilled on<br />

Lilacs she caressed<br />

In trembling hands.<br />

Theirs had been a marriage <strong>to</strong><br />

remember,<br />

A love affair grown sweeter with the<br />

years.<br />

We’ll soon be climbing mountains hand<br />

in hand<br />

Together was the thought she savored<br />

As she pictured sun-filled, glory-morned<br />

<strong>to</strong>morrows.<br />

They would see the Master they both<br />

loved<br />

Together, and would share more com<br />

mon joy—<br />

Of things God has prepared<br />

For those who love Him all the way <strong>to</strong><br />

death<br />

And wait with patience<br />

For His blessed return.<br />

—Ritchie Worley, Smithfield, North Carolina<br />

Sound Bite<br />

“Anyone can be a<br />

member. But it<br />

takes a real commitment<br />

<strong>to</strong><br />

Jesus Christ <strong>to</strong><br />

be a disciple.”<br />

—Pas<strong>to</strong>r Hal Butman, Berkeley<br />

Springs, West Virginia<br />

adventist life<br />

Our children, Judy and Jimmy, were the first grandchildren<br />

in the family. My two brothers, Bill and Roy,<br />

were visiting around Christmas and wanted <strong>to</strong> hear<br />

their prayers at bedtime. At that time, there were two<br />

important things on the children’s minds: our big yellow<br />

cat that had sore, frostbitten ears, and my husband,<br />

who was a smoker.<br />

We all knelt down, and when it was time for Jimmy<br />

<strong>to</strong> pray, he said, “Dear Jesus, Please help Daddy’s ears<br />

<strong>to</strong> get well and the kitty <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p smoking.” My brothers<br />

clapped their hands over their mouths until the prayer<br />

was over and they could laugh.<br />

—Genevieve McIn<strong>to</strong>sh, who submitted this prior <strong>to</strong><br />

passing away in 2012, was from Pensacola, Florida<br />

adventist life<br />

We are looking for brief submissions in these<br />

categories:<br />

Sound Bites (quotes, profound or spontaneous)<br />

Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from<br />

the world of adults)<br />

Camp Meeting Memories (150 words or less)<br />

Jots and Tittles (church-related tips)<br />

Please send your submissions <strong>to</strong> Give & Take, Adventist<br />

Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring,<br />

MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail:<br />

marank@gc.adventist.org. Please include phone number,<br />

and city and state from which you are writing.<br />

© terry crews<br />

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Heart and Soul:<br />

Biblical Studies<br />

Dear<br />

Father . . .<br />

A letter marking a changed life<br />

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Steve Creitz © www.goodsalt.com<br />

My dear Father,<br />

When you hold this letter in your<br />

hands, you will have already greeted my<br />

brothers and will have heard that I am<br />

still alive. I know it must be hard <strong>to</strong><br />

believe. You saw my coat, ripped and<br />

splattered with blood. You thought I was<br />

dead—<strong>to</strong>rn <strong>to</strong> pieces by a wild animal.<br />

But the blood on my coat was not mine.<br />

A little lamb died, and I am alive. My<br />

heart bursts with joy over the thought of<br />

seeing you again. I have longed <strong>to</strong> see<br />

you for many years. I wish you would<br />

come <strong>to</strong> me with the whole family. I have<br />

already prepared everything for you:<br />

houses, herds, stables, and apartments<br />

for the shepherds. Everything is ready,<br />

and your new home will be in the best<br />

part of the country, in Goshen.<br />

If you still doubt the news, please step<br />

outside your tent. You will see a carriage<br />

with Pharaoh’s coat of arms. It’s my carriage<br />

I have sent <strong>to</strong> you, so you may<br />

travel comfortably <strong>to</strong> Egypt. Lose no time<br />

in departing, because the famine will<br />

last another five years, and I do not want<br />

my family <strong>to</strong> suffer any longer. Come <strong>to</strong><br />

me in Egypt, and I will take care of you,<br />

because I am at the source of food.<br />

Father, you must be shaking your head<br />

right now. Let me explain <strong>to</strong> you what<br />

has happened in the past years.<br />

***<br />

But first things first: please forgive my<br />

brothers. I forgave them long ago for<br />

what they did <strong>to</strong> me. Forgive them as<br />

well. We were all young and foolish<br />

then. They allowed anger <strong>to</strong> take control<br />

of them. They saw your great love for<br />

me and were jealous. I was immature<br />

and boasted with your love, as if I were<br />

better than they were. Remember, you<br />

made me that special coat with long<br />

sleeves. It was truly fit for a prince, and I<br />

wore it with pride. But I didn’t realize<br />

the pain it caused my brothers. They felt<br />

second-best.<br />

Do you remember the two dreams? I<br />

dreamed that my brothers’ sheaves<br />

would bow down before my sheaf, and<br />

that the sun and moon and 11 stars<br />

showed me reverence. I didn’t know<br />

then what those dreams meant, but I<br />

felt good about them. You know me: I<br />

was never satisfied with being mediocre.<br />

I wanted <strong>to</strong> reach the very <strong>to</strong>p, and<br />

you mostly supported me in this. The<br />

second dream went <strong>to</strong>o far, you said,<br />

but I did not make it up. It came <strong>to</strong> me,<br />

unbidden, but not undesired (sigh). Yes,<br />

I admit that I was arrogant and vain. But,<br />

thank God, life has taken care of that.<br />

***<br />

How long has it been? Twenty-two<br />

years? You also have probably never forgotten<br />

that day. You sent me <strong>to</strong> look for<br />

my brothers. They had roamed far, seeking<br />

fresh pasture for our sheep. After<br />

not hearing from them for a long time,<br />

you got worried. I got lost on the way, so<br />

it <strong>to</strong>ok me a few days <strong>to</strong> find my brothers<br />

and our herds.<br />

I have traveled<br />

<strong>to</strong> you so many<br />

times in my<br />

thoughts.<br />

The very sight of me made them<br />

angry. Maybe they thought I was spying<br />

on them. I had done it often enough,<br />

and now I am sad about it, because it<br />

created a wall between us.<br />

But now this wall has been <strong>to</strong>rn<br />

down, because we are reconciled <strong>to</strong> one<br />

another and have forgiven one another.<br />

So I plead with you: forgive them also. Forgive<br />

them for lying <strong>to</strong> you. They broke<br />

your heart when they <strong>to</strong>ld you I was<br />

dead. In reality they dumped me in<strong>to</strong> a<br />

dry cistern. I thought that would be my<br />

end; the walls were so steep—I never<br />

would have been able <strong>to</strong> get out on my<br />

own again. That night in the cistern was<br />

terrible! My only consolation was in<br />

seeing the stars. They shone unwaveringly<br />

upon me, and I felt as if they were<br />

calling <strong>to</strong> me: Do not be afraid. Above the<br />

starry sky is a living God. Do not be downcast.<br />

God sees you. God cares for you. Initially,<br />

however, it didn’t seem as though<br />

God cared.<br />

The next morning my brothers pulled<br />

me out of the cistern. They were still<br />

angry. They wanted <strong>to</strong> get rid of me. Fortunately,<br />

they did not kill me, but sold<br />

me <strong>to</strong> traders. Father, please do not<br />

punish my brothers. They did not know<br />

what they were doing. They wanted <strong>to</strong><br />

hurt me, but God used it <strong>to</strong> shape and bless<br />

me. After all, that’s what really counts,<br />

isn’t it, Father?<br />

The slave traders treated me like lives<strong>to</strong>ck.<br />

They tied my hands and dragged<br />

me along—no use weeping and wailing.<br />

They made camp for the night quite<br />

close <strong>to</strong> our tents. I was so hoping that<br />

one of our shepherds would come along<br />

and see me. He would have set me free,<br />

and I would have returned <strong>to</strong> you<br />

immediately. But no! None of our people<br />

were <strong>to</strong> be seen.<br />

Then our path led through the mountains<br />

of Seir. Your brother, Esau, lives<br />

there and requires a <strong>to</strong>ll from all the<br />

traveling caravans. But his soldiers did<br />

not recognize me. At first I was bitterly<br />

disappointed and thought God had forgotten<br />

me. But now I know: I needed <strong>to</strong><br />

come <strong>to</strong> Egypt. And you will also understand<br />

why I had <strong>to</strong> come here.<br />

***<br />

In Egypt one of Pharaoh’s officers<br />

bought me. Potiphar was the captain of<br />

the royal bodyguard. He had a big house<br />

and many slaves. At first I was given<br />

humble jobs <strong>to</strong> do. I <strong>to</strong>ok great pains in<br />

doing them well. Father, I thank you<br />

that I learned <strong>to</strong> work at home. You<br />

taught me <strong>to</strong> do tasks thoroughly and<br />

conscientiously. And I have felt every<br />

day, every hour, that God is close <strong>to</strong> me.<br />

I did all my work with God watching<br />

over me, and I was successful. Gradually,<br />

I gained the trust of my master.<br />

Potiphar promoted me <strong>to</strong> his personal<br />

assistant and left me <strong>to</strong> manage his<br />

entire household.<br />

It was an exciting time! In Potiphar’s<br />

palace I met famous Egyptians, military<br />

commanders, and officials, because everyone<br />

with name and rank was Potiphar’s<br />

guest. I s<strong>to</strong>od quietly in the background at<br />

these feasts, but my ears and eyes were<br />

wide open. I learned about politics and<br />

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what’s important in ruling a country.<br />

All looked well. Unfortunately Potiphar’s<br />

wife had her own plans. She<br />

thought she was in love with me. She<br />

constantly tried <strong>to</strong> flirt with me—a<br />

slight <strong>to</strong>uch of my hand, a coy look in<br />

my direction. But I did not give in <strong>to</strong> her<br />

advances. Could I disappoint God or<br />

deceive my master, who trusted me?<br />

One day she laid a trap for me, and<br />

when I refused, she screamed for help<br />

and accused me hysterically of wanting<br />

<strong>to</strong> rape her. She put on a great act, but I<br />

am not sure that Potiphar believed her.<br />

However, he had <strong>to</strong> watch his reputation,<br />

so he had me arrested and put in<strong>to</strong><br />

prison. Not the prison for common<br />

criminals, but the prison for political<br />

prisoners.<br />

***<br />

The first few months were hard, but<br />

before long the prison master figured<br />

out how he could make life easier for<br />

himself. He began giving me more and<br />

more responsibility. I had free access <strong>to</strong><br />

the political prisoners. At that time I<br />

learned even more about politics, diplomacy,<br />

and the intrigues at court.<br />

I spent more than two years in prison,<br />

when suddenly I was taken before Pha-<br />

raoh. He needed me <strong>to</strong> interpret his<br />

dreams. Word had gotten out that I had<br />

correctly interpreted the dreams of the<br />

palace baker and cupbearer. Pharaoh<br />

was greatly disturbed by two dreams<br />

that God had sent him. And God showed<br />

me what He wanted <strong>to</strong> tell Pharaoh. God<br />

warned the king about a devastating<br />

seven-year-long famine. However, the<br />

harvests in the seven years preceding<br />

the famine would be abundant.<br />

I suggested <strong>to</strong> Pharaoh that grain<br />

should be s<strong>to</strong>red up in these plentiful<br />

years. Then we would have enough for<br />

the years of hardship that would lie<br />

ahead.<br />

Surprisingly, he liked my suggestion.<br />

Not only that, he appointed me as his<br />

second in command. Pharaoh realized<br />

that God sometimes speaks through<br />

me. He<br />

even gave me a new name: Zaphenathpaneah,<br />

which in Egyptian means “God<br />

speaks, he is alive.” Would you have<br />

ever believed it possible that the most<br />

powerful ruler of the world would recognize<br />

the Crea<strong>to</strong>r-God? I still<br />

marvel at it.<br />

The people in Egypt have been very<br />

diligent. In the seven years that the harvests<br />

were plentiful, they brought so<br />

many sacks of grain <strong>to</strong> the s<strong>to</strong>rehouses<br />

that we s<strong>to</strong>pped counting them. Today<br />

everyone is glad that we have these provisions.<br />

Not only Egyptians buy the<br />

grain; many people come <strong>to</strong> us from<br />

Canaan, and I am glad that I provide so<br />

many people with food, even our family.<br />

***<br />

Maybe you are asking yourself:<br />

“Joseph, you could have contacted me<br />

long ago. Why didn’t you send me a<br />

message? Why do I only hear <strong>to</strong>day that<br />

you are alive and have become a powerful<br />

man in Egypt?”<br />

Father, I have traveled <strong>to</strong> you so many<br />

times in my thoughts. I have dreamed<br />

so often of putting my arms around<br />

your neck and crying on your chest! But<br />

what would have happened if I had just<br />

come and s<strong>to</strong>od outside your tent?<br />

I have written many papyrus sheets—<br />

only <strong>to</strong> discard them immediately. I felt<br />

that it was still <strong>to</strong>o soon for us <strong>to</strong> be<br />

reunited. If I had been in a hurry <strong>to</strong> come<br />

<strong>to</strong> you, I would have ruined God’s plan.<br />

Imagine if, 22 years ago, I would have<br />

managed <strong>to</strong> escape from the slave traders<br />

and come back home. What would<br />

you have done <strong>to</strong> my brothers? What<br />

would you have said <strong>to</strong> them? You<br />

wouldn’t have changed them. They<br />

would have hardened their hearts even<br />

more against you and me—and God.<br />

And later on, if I had run away from<br />

Potiphar and returned <strong>to</strong> Canaan, we<br />

would all be dead by now—starved <strong>to</strong><br />

death. I sensed that I had <strong>to</strong> wait longer.<br />

I wanted God’s go-ahead, the right time<br />

for our family <strong>to</strong> be reunited.<br />

***<br />

When my brothers came, I recognized<br />

them immediately. They bowed down<br />

before me, showed their respect, and<br />

suddenly I saw my two dreams again.<br />

Yes, they were being fulfilled before my<br />

eyes. I knew that God had led me <strong>to</strong><br />

Egypt so that I could keep you all alive!<br />

At first my brothers were afraid of<br />

me. I was very strict with them. I had <strong>to</strong><br />

find out if they had changed. I cannot<br />

have a gang of robbers and violent men<br />

in the country. As the second in command<br />

of the country of Egypt, I cannot<br />

allow my family <strong>to</strong> cause scandals. You<br />

must understand that.<br />

I put them <strong>to</strong> the test, and I know<br />

now that they <strong>to</strong>o have grown. They are<br />

no longer jealous or spiteful; quite the<br />

opposite. They look out for one another<br />

and stick <strong>to</strong>gether. Would you believe<br />

that your fourth son, Judah, even<br />

offered his life in exchange for Benjamin’s?<br />

But I will tell you that s<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

another time.<br />

Now get ready, Father, and come in<br />

the carriage that I sent you. Don’t pack<br />

anything; you will get the best of everything<br />

that Egypt has <strong>to</strong> offer. Just come<br />

quickly, for I cannot wait any longer, my<br />

dear Father! I want <strong>to</strong> finally hold you<br />

in my arms.<br />

Your Joseph n<br />

Sylvia Renz works for the<br />

German Voice of Prophecy in<br />

Alsbach-Hähnlein, Germany. She<br />

is an accomplished author and<br />

has published numerous books<br />

for children and adults.<br />

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Cliff’s Edge<br />

“This Gospel”<br />

Again and again Scripture authenticates itself, giving us more<br />

reasons <strong>to</strong> trust it, even the parts that present a reality so much grander than the narrow parameters a<br />

rationalistic twenty-first-century worldview easily allow.<br />

The text in question is so familiar that we often overlook the powerful validation of faith it presents.<br />

Speaking with His disciples a few days before the cross, Jesus opens <strong>to</strong> them world events leading <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Second Coming. Amid it all He says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world<br />

as a testimony <strong>to</strong> all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).<br />

Reading the text now—with Christianity having more adherents than any other faith, and a presence<br />

in most every country—we can easily forget what a bold, even daring prediction this was when spoken,<br />

or decades later when recorded.<br />

For starters, when Jesus made that prediction, what was the status of the “this gospel,” not in<br />

terms of being spread in<strong>to</strong> “all the world” but in terms of simply being unders<strong>to</strong>od? At that<br />

point, who but the Godhead knew the plan of salvation? Even those who might have had an<br />

inkling about what the sacrifices pointed <strong>to</strong> surely didn’t expect a crucified and risen Messiah.<br />

One powerful argument in favor of the resurrection of Jesus is that no one would have concocted<br />

the s<strong>to</strong>ry of the resurrection, because no one expected a crucified and risen Messiah,<br />

especially one dying as a<strong>to</strong>nement for the world’s sins. Then, even after Jesus gave<br />

His followers 40 more days of instruction, some would ask before His ascension, “Lord,<br />

are you at this time going <strong>to</strong> res<strong>to</strong>re the kingdom <strong>to</strong> Israel?” (Acts 1:6), which shows that<br />

“this gospel” wasn’t fully unders<strong>to</strong>od by those He called <strong>to</strong> spread it.<br />

Also, how many were believers in Jesus when He first spoke those words? Perhaps a few thousand<br />

Jews throughout the Jewish nation and some scattered Gentiles, an insignificant number in<br />

contrast <strong>to</strong> the world’s millions. When Jesus made that prediction, Judas hadn’t yet turned Him<br />

in, nor did He yet face the reaction of His followers at His arrest: “Then everyone deserted him<br />

and fled” (Mark 14:50). Hardly an auspicious beginning of a movement whose message was <strong>to</strong> be<br />

heralded worldwide.<br />

Besides the wrath and opposition from other Judeans, the early church would soon be hated,<br />

hunted, and persecuted by Rome, the greatest power the world had seen <strong>to</strong> that time. In the<br />

ensuing centuries the empire tried <strong>to</strong> eradicate this Jewish sect arising from the troublesome<br />

province of Judea. When Rome couldn’t eradicate Christianity, it co-opted it instead, and “this gospel,”<br />

with scattered exceptions, all but vanished for more than a millennium. And unless you call the Crusades<br />

or the attempted forced conversion of the Jews (often under the threat of death) “evangelism,” the gospel<br />

hadn’t made a whole lot of progress outside the European continent in the sense of fulfilling Jesus’ bold<br />

first-century prediction about it.<br />

Then, of course, with the Protestant Reformation “this gospel” was rediscovered. But it <strong>to</strong>ok a few more<br />

centuries before the great missionary movements began <strong>to</strong> spread it worldwide. Today Christianity in one form<br />

or another is the world’s largest religion, and its adherents can be found in most every country. Seventh-day<br />

Adventists have established work in 209 of 233 countries recognized by the United Nations, making the church<br />

perhaps the most widespread Protestant denomination in the world. And though many areas that need mission<br />

work remain, with <strong>to</strong>day’s technology it’s not hard <strong>to</strong> imagine “this gospel” being proclaimed everywhere.<br />

Again, think back almost 2,000 years ago with Jesus, surrounded by a handful of followers in a world that<br />

not only had never heard of Him, but was often hostile when it did. Nevertheless, He made an exceedingly<br />

implausible prediction that, though taking long centuries, is coming true. We have been privileged in seeing<br />

a prediction all but fulfilled, which earlier generations of Christians would have had <strong>to</strong> take only as a great<br />

leap of faith.<br />

Thus with all the other solid reasons for belief in Jesus, we can add Matthew 24:14, powerful evidence for<br />

rational, twenty-first-century minds regarding truths that go far beyond rationality itself. n<br />

Cliff<br />

Goldstein<br />

Clifford Goldstein is edi<strong>to</strong>r of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. He is also featured on the Web site 1844made<br />

simple.org.<br />

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Cover<br />

From <strong>Clicktivist</strong><br />


Maybe you’ve seen<br />

them—those Facebook<br />

posts beseeching viewers<br />

<strong>to</strong> read a s<strong>to</strong>ry or<br />

look at a picture. Most<br />

of the time the pho<strong>to</strong> or text evokes<br />

empathy, and for a moment we are<br />

moved <strong>to</strong> action—<strong>to</strong> donate by clicking<br />

here or <strong>to</strong> offer a quick prayer before<br />

scrolling further. Some causes even<br />

send donors gift boxes that include<br />

such items as T-shirts and bumper<br />

stickers. Awareness and activism, however,<br />

are not synonymous concepts.<br />

In a time of information overload,<br />

most of us are aware of the suffering<br />

millions of people experience, both<br />

locally and globally. While there are<br />

some who have become comfortable<br />

with the idea that texting a $10 donation<br />

<strong>to</strong> a humanitarian organization<br />

will suffice, Adventist young adults<br />

<strong>to</strong>day are taking the great commission<br />

of “Go ye therefore” <strong>to</strong> heart.<br />

Days of Our Youth<br />

Steve Erich, a senior business administration<br />

major at Andrews University,<br />

felt a call <strong>to</strong> serve while in high school.<br />

“During my senior year, Rio Lindo Academy<br />

sent a group of students on a mission<br />

trip <strong>to</strong> India. At the end of the trip<br />

we spent a couple days in Kolkata. There<br />

I was first introduced <strong>to</strong> International<br />

Justice Mission—an organization that<br />

works alongside local lawmakers and<br />

police <strong>to</strong> enforce antihuman trafficking<br />

laws in countries all around the world<br />

that struggle with this issue,” Erich<br />

recalled.<br />

While Erich believes social media is<br />

an ideal way <strong>to</strong> promote humanitarian<br />

causes, he understands that it can also<br />

hinder people from truly being active.<br />

“It can give people the false impression<br />

that they are helping. Recent terms such<br />

as slacktivist or clicktivist have popped up<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>: Courtesy of Luther Whiting<br />

because of this. There’s been a rise in<br />

organizations offering petitions that<br />

can easily be signed online,” he<br />

observed. “Now a petition with 1,000<br />

signatures is seen as quite small and<br />

weak, and it needs 50,000 or even<br />

100,000 in order <strong>to</strong> be noticed.”<br />

Erich, who currently serves as operations<br />

manager for the S<strong>to</strong>plight Project, 1<br />

believes his opportunity <strong>to</strong> be an agent<br />

for change starts while he is young. “The<br />

past five years have shaped me and are<br />

now propelling me outward. Without my<br />

experiences volunteering and advocating<br />

for justice during this time, I would not<br />

have the opportunities I have now <strong>to</strong> do<br />

what I love,” he says. “The important<br />

thing is not <strong>to</strong> plan <strong>to</strong> do something in<br />

the future, but <strong>to</strong> begin doing it now.”<br />

Hands-on<br />

Javier Melendez, also an Andrews<br />

University student double-majoring in<br />

social work and young adult ministry,<br />

lives a similar hands-on philosophy. “I<br />

don’t think any type of social media can<br />

really convey the true reality people face<br />

when swallowed up by injustice. It’s<br />

something that we have <strong>to</strong> witness and<br />

experience ourselves, which means<br />

spending time with the people who are<br />

being oppressed,” he says. Melendez is<br />

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SURVEYING THE WORK: Southern<br />

Adventist University graduate<br />

Luther Whiting surveys a project site<br />

in Afghanistan on horseback.<br />

currently involved in a project in Ben<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Harbor, Michigan, <strong>to</strong> help the<br />

impoverished Hispanic community<br />

connect with resources that will assist<br />

them with moving out of poverty—and<br />

he hopes <strong>to</strong> do much more.<br />

“I plan <strong>to</strong> get certified <strong>to</strong> teach the<br />

Bridges Out of Poverty 2 and the Getting<br />

Ahead 3 framework so that I can help<br />

bridge the gap between different economic<br />

classes. As I learn more about the<br />

issues of poverty, I’m starting <strong>to</strong> find<br />

my passion and niche.”<br />

Melendez also wants <strong>to</strong> share his<br />

desire for service. “I would like <strong>to</strong> see<br />

others find their passions and niches as<br />

well. I encourage people <strong>to</strong> find that<br />

thing that makes their s<strong>to</strong>mach turn, <strong>to</strong><br />

find whatever injustice they are unable<br />

<strong>to</strong> watch, so that they can take a stand<br />

and fight.”<br />

A Full Commitment<br />

Shanna Crumley, a recent graduate of<br />

Pacific Union College, labeled herself a<br />

“passive” giver, but recently discovered<br />

she could do more than simply give<br />

money. “I felt it wasn’t enough. It was<br />

helping from a distance, from inside a<br />

bubble of convenience. But I wanted <strong>to</strong> be<br />

more actively involved in the causes I supported.”<br />

After years of halfhearted service,<br />

Crumley decided it was time for her <strong>to</strong><br />

commit more fully <strong>to</strong> making a difference.<br />

“I decided <strong>to</strong> apply <strong>to</strong> the Peace<br />

Corps 4 after I spent last summer with<br />

ADRA (Adventist Development and<br />

Relief Agency) Argentina. 5 My time with<br />

ADRA was a turning point, both personally<br />

and professionally. I got hooked on<br />

a different kind of development, the<br />

kind that empowers and enables people<br />

<strong>to</strong> change their circumstances.” Crumley,<br />

who graduated with a degree in<br />

intercultural communication and Spanish,<br />

looks forward <strong>to</strong> her two-year service<br />

in the Peace Corps. “I get the feeling<br />

that I’m going <strong>to</strong> find a whole new host<br />

of causes and connections.”<br />

For Crumley, activism isn’t just something<br />

<strong>to</strong> do—it comes from a basic<br />

human desire. “I think there’s an underlying<br />

spiritual need <strong>to</strong> connect and contribute<br />

<strong>to</strong> humanity. To see the point of<br />

activism, I have <strong>to</strong> believe in the fact that<br />

I can do something that matters. . . . You<br />

also have <strong>to</strong> believe that we have a<br />

responsibility <strong>to</strong> improve our world.”<br />

Lifetime <strong>Activist</strong><br />

Luther Whiting was a business<br />

administration major at Southern Adventist<br />

University when he began a nonprofit<br />

organization called Noshaq. “I<br />

started my nonprofit in Afghanistan<br />

because I couldn’t have imagined any<br />

other reaction <strong>to</strong> the horrific things I<br />

witnessed there while interning for<br />

ADRA in the country’s Central Highlands,”<br />

Whiting said of the organization<br />

he founded at the age of 19.<br />

Whiting realized that social media<br />

could be an asset if used correctly. “I<br />

used social networking <strong>to</strong> raise awareness<br />

and financial support for our organization,”<br />

he says, adding that he<br />

employed pictures and multimedia presentations<br />

<strong>to</strong> spread the word about his<br />

organization, and also went on speaking<br />

<strong>to</strong>urs. Whiting was featured in newspapers,<br />

local TV ads, and even held a fundraising<br />

event.<br />

Whiting believes that there’s no better<br />

time <strong>to</strong> serve than when a person is<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>Activist</strong><br />

Today’s youth aren’t<br />

sitting on the sidelines.<br />

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Pho<strong>to</strong>: Austin Ho<br />

young. “Your years as a student place<br />

you in an ideal incuba<strong>to</strong>r for acting on<br />

your dreams. You’re surrounded by a<br />

large network of fellow young people <strong>to</strong><br />

plan, scheme, and dream with,” he says.<br />

“To miss out on service involvement<br />

during school is <strong>to</strong> miss the s<strong>to</strong>p <strong>to</strong> one<br />

of life’s most epic adventures.”<br />

Though Noshaq is no longer active,<br />

Whiting—now a staff assistant for U.S.<br />

Sena<strong>to</strong>r Susan Collins (Maine)—hopes<br />

<strong>to</strong> continue being involved in the causes<br />

closest <strong>to</strong> his heart. “I don’t know what<br />


University Business Administration<br />

major Steve Erich (left), who also<br />

serves as operations manager for the<br />

S<strong>to</strong>plight Project <strong>to</strong> help end human<br />

trafficking, discusses program strategies<br />

with other members of the nonprofit<br />

organization.<br />

adventures await me, or if Afghanistan<br />

will reenter my life. But I sincerely hope<br />

that service will remain a prominent<br />

part of my life and career.”<br />

A Generation of Doers<br />

Paddy McCoy, the campus chaplain of<br />

Walla Walla University, believes that the<br />

young people he encounters in his ministry<br />

are far more passionate than<br />

they’re given credit for. “I see a very<br />

active group of young adults who want<br />

<strong>to</strong> do something and get their hands<br />

dirty. Sure, there are those who feel that<br />

as long as they donate here or there<br />

they’ve given their service. But by and<br />

large, this generation is waiting <strong>to</strong> be let<br />

loose,” he said. “They are not a complacent<br />

generation.”<br />

In his many years of youth ministry<br />

McCoy has witnessed a change that he<br />

describes as “incredible” in how stu-<br />

dents use social media. “Today’s socialmedia<br />

generation can accomplish<br />

grassroots movements that have a huge<br />

impact in a very short amount of time,”<br />

he says. “The opportunities that social<br />

media provide <strong>to</strong> get the word out, <strong>to</strong><br />

fund-raise, and <strong>to</strong> promote causes . . .<br />

are quite as<strong>to</strong>unding.”<br />

McCoy believes that younger and<br />

older generations can work <strong>to</strong>gether <strong>to</strong><br />

bring a message <strong>to</strong> those who need it.<br />

“If others can help them see how and<br />

where <strong>to</strong> help and meet the greatest<br />

needs, then they are willing <strong>to</strong> do<br />

it. They also need help knowing how<br />

best <strong>to</strong> take the good-news message <strong>to</strong><br />

other places,” he said.<br />

Sharon Pittman has found much of<br />

the same attitude in her work with<br />

young adults. She is direc<strong>to</strong>r of the<br />

newly minted Master of Global Community<br />

Development program at Southern<br />

Adventist University, 6 “Engaging<br />

students in mission-focused ministries<br />

is an ‘easy sell,’ Pittman says. “They see<br />

the often harsh and hurting world and<br />

are highly motivated and looking for<br />

opportunities <strong>to</strong> make a difference. As<br />

an Adventist professor, my job is <strong>to</strong> link<br />

their passion and skills <strong>to</strong> opportunities<br />

<strong>to</strong> engage in sustainable service<br />

learning ministries.”<br />

Pittman’s own involvement in service<br />

began at an early age. “As a missionary<br />

kid growing up in Pakistan, where my<br />

parents work at our Seventh-day Ad-<br />

Benefits of<br />

Volunteering<br />


There’s nothing quite like giving back. Whether<br />

it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen or going on a<br />

short-term mission trip, lending your time <strong>to</strong> care<br />

for others is part of our God-given mission. And<br />

there are personal plusses as well. Here are five<br />

benefits of giving back:*<br />

Developing a New Skill—No matter<br />

your professional field, volunteering can<br />

provide access <strong>to</strong> a whole new set of skills.<br />

From technology <strong>to</strong> conservation methods,<br />

volunteering offers a wide range of opportunities<br />

for you <strong>to</strong> grow your skill set or use<br />

what you already know in new ways.<br />

Meeting New People—After a few<br />

years in the same <strong>to</strong>wn, industry, or church,<br />

your social circle becomes set. Volunteering<br />

can introduce you <strong>to</strong> new groups of people<br />

and is a good opportunity <strong>to</strong> meet others<br />

outside your faith. This offers the opportunity<br />

<strong>to</strong> witness <strong>to</strong> those you otherwise<br />

wouldn’t meet.<br />

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ventist hospital, I often came <strong>to</strong> school<br />

<strong>to</strong> find that mothers had abandoned<br />

sick and dying babies during the night,”<br />

she recalls. “Early on, I was impacted by<br />

the idea that the life of each child of God<br />

is precious, whether young or old.”<br />

These early experiences led her <strong>to</strong> pursue<br />

a life of service <strong>to</strong> help instill that<br />

same passion in others. “I have always<br />

dreamed that one day I could start a<br />

graduate program where people who<br />

desired <strong>to</strong> do so could learn <strong>to</strong> build<br />

skills <strong>to</strong> help others.”<br />

The Southern Adventist University<br />

masters program combines faith-based<br />

studies with development strategies <strong>to</strong><br />

help students learn how they can make<br />

the biggest impact in their communities<br />

and around the world.<br />

Go Light Your World<br />

Pittman believes that activism is a way<br />

<strong>to</strong> fight off our natural propensity <strong>to</strong>ward<br />

selfishness. “It is easy <strong>to</strong> be self-absorbed<br />

and internally focused,” she says. “Sharing<br />

a biblical model for abundant life<br />

requires that we set aside our selfishness<br />

<strong>to</strong> reach out and care for the long haul.”<br />

McCoy shares a similar view when it<br />

comes <strong>to</strong> setting aside self for the good<br />

of others. “We make the time for all<br />

sorts of things we believe <strong>to</strong> be a priority.<br />

I’m just wondering what would<br />

happen if once a week we got involved<br />

in our community for an hour instead<br />

of watching TV, or if we supported an<br />

Organizations Looking for Volunteers<br />

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA): .............................www.adra.org<br />

Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS): ................................. www.adventistvolunteers.org<br />

Adventist Community Services (ACS): .............................www.communityservices.org<br />

Maranatha Volunteers International: ............................................ www.maranatha.org<br />

Volunteer Match: .............................................................................. www.volunteermatch.org<br />

United Way: ..................................................................................................... www.unitedway.org<br />

He Said Go: ................................................................................ www.hesaidgo.net<br />

Adventist Mission: .........................................................................www.adventistmission.org<br />

Habitat for Humanity: ....................................................................................www.habitat.org<br />

Adventist Frontier Missions: ................................................................. www.afmonline.org<br />

online ministry instead of online shopping.<br />

Christianity in North America, by<br />

and large, has a bad reputation. But<br />

when Christians get involved and love<br />

others, that bad rep begins <strong>to</strong> change.<br />

That’s what I’m living and working for.”<br />

There’s a demand for change in the<br />

world, and it should be the burden of<br />

Christians <strong>to</strong> meet that need. These<br />

young adults have made it their aim <strong>to</strong> do<br />

more than donate funds or share a Facebook<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>: they’re spreading a message<br />

of healing and res<strong>to</strong>ration <strong>to</strong> a dying<br />

world. n<br />

1<br />

http://thes<strong>to</strong>plightproject.org.<br />

2<br />

www.bridgesou<strong>to</strong>fpoverty.com.<br />

3<br />

www.gettingahead.org.<br />

4<br />

www.peacecorps.gov.<br />

5<br />

www.adra.org.<br />

6<br />

https://www.southern.edu/gcd.<br />

Janelle Collins recently<br />

graduated with a degree in<br />

Need<br />

journalism from Andrews<br />

Pix<br />

University. She wrote this<br />

article while a 2013 summer<br />

intern for Adventist Review.<br />


Melendez poses with a boy he met<br />

while serving in Madagascar in<br />

2013.<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>: Courtesy of Javier Melendez<br />

Gaining a Sense of Achievement—<br />

Even if you enjoy your work, it’s still a job<br />

and earns a paycheck. But giving your time<br />

<strong>to</strong> something you aren’t being paid for and<br />

seeing the joy it brings others can create a<br />

sense of accomplishment that can be far<br />

more satisfying than simply earning wages.<br />

Exploring New Career Options—School<br />

isn’t the only place <strong>to</strong> discover career passions.<br />

Volunteering for a nonprofit organization<br />

can help you discover new interests and<br />

explore other fields you may never have considered.<br />

If you’re thinking about a career<br />

change, volunteering can be a perfect opening<br />

<strong>to</strong> see what else is out there.<br />

Teaching Opportunities—Not everyone<br />

is able <strong>to</strong> teach in a classroom setting, but<br />

that doesn’t mean you can’t be a teacher.<br />

Hundreds of nonprofit organizations offer<br />

volunteers the opportunity <strong>to</strong> men<strong>to</strong>r kids.<br />

Through these programs you can pass on<br />

your practical skills as well as general life lessons,<br />

blessing others with your acquired<br />

knowledge. This can encourage youth you<br />

come in contact with <strong>to</strong> “pay it forward” —<br />

and volunteer when they get older <strong>to</strong>o.<br />

* Sources: www.unitedway.org/take-action/benefitsof-volunteering<br />

and www.worldvolunteerweb.org/<br />

resources/how-<strong>to</strong>-guides/volunteer/doc/benefits-ofvolunteering.html.<br />


Shanna Crumley, who recently graduated<br />

from Pacific Union College with<br />

a degree in Intercultural Communication<br />

and Spanish, describes her summer<br />

working for ADRA Argentina as a<br />

turning point that led her <strong>to</strong> commit<br />

more fully <strong>to</strong> mission service.<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>: Courtesy of Shanna Crumley<br />

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Devotional<br />


It happened 50 years ago this month:<br />

perhaps one of the most wrenching<br />

flights in the his<strong>to</strong>ry of aviation.<br />

Air Force One<br />

Jim Swindal was the pilot of a Boeing<br />

707 with the tail number 26000. The<br />

Secret Service called it “Angel,” but most<br />

of the world knew it simply as Air Force<br />

One. It was John F. Kennedy’s flagship aircraft,<br />

loaded with elegance and $2 million<br />

worth of high-tech hardware. It featured<br />

offices equipped with electric typewriters,<br />

and carried subscriptions <strong>to</strong> 15 magazines<br />

and five daily newspapers. Its presidential<br />

bedroom, catering <strong>to</strong> times when<br />

the chief executive had <strong>to</strong> cross many time<br />

zones all at once, included a special bed<br />

with a mattress designed for Kennedy’s<br />

bad back.<br />

Colonel Jim Swindal had already logged<br />

some 75,000 miles on Air Force One in a<br />

little more than a year since its commissioning.<br />

He was dedicated and loyal, both<br />

<strong>to</strong> the presidency and <strong>to</strong> this thirty-fifth<br />

president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Earlier<br />

in 1963 he had flown his hero <strong>to</strong> Germany<br />

for the president’s famous “Ich bin<br />

ein Berliner” speech.<br />

National Tragedy<br />

Now, on a crushing Friday afternoon,<br />

Swindal had <strong>to</strong> take off from Dallas<br />

for the worst two-hour-and-eighteenminute<br />

flight of his life. The last hour<br />

on the ground had been pure agony for<br />

Swindal and everybody else: a hot, perspiring<br />

delay while Lyndon Johnson<br />

waited for Texas judge Sarah Hughes <strong>to</strong><br />

drive out <strong>to</strong> the airport and swear in the<br />

new chief executive. There in the tail<br />

area of Air Force One was a large coffin,<br />

a Britannia model, solid bronze. Kennedy’s<br />

bullet-riddled remains were in it.<br />

Kennedy loyalists and Johnson staffers<br />

filled the plane, sick <strong>to</strong> the soul as they<br />

grappled with painful tragedy and awkward<br />

transition, as one administration<br />

ended and the other one began, in the<br />

sticky humidity of the 707 with the disconnected<br />

air-conditioning.<br />

William Manchester’s standout book,<br />

The Death of a President, helps us focus:<br />

Who should participate? Who should be<br />

in the picture as Lyndon Johnson is<br />

sworn in? LBJ had already expressed in a<br />

general announcement <strong>to</strong> the whole<br />

plane: “If anybody wants <strong>to</strong> join in in the<br />

swearing-in ceremony, I would be happy<br />

and proud <strong>to</strong> have you.” But Swindal<br />

and many others were simply <strong>to</strong>o griefstricken<br />

<strong>to</strong> join in. Their president was<br />

lying in the box.<br />

HIGHE<br />

Jackie Kennedy was one of the few<br />

who did participate. “Three years in the<br />

White House,” Manchester states, “had<br />

given [Jackie] an abiding respect for her<br />

husband’s office. She unders<strong>to</strong>od the<br />

symbols of authority, the need for some<br />

semblance of national majesty after the<br />

disaster, and so she came.” In the<br />

famous black-and-white pho<strong>to</strong> by Cecil<br />

S<strong>to</strong>ugh<strong>to</strong>n of Johnson being sworn in,<br />

the widow of John Kennedy is standing<br />

right next <strong>to</strong> him.*<br />

Flight<br />

Then at 2:47 in the afternoon, CST, Air<br />

Force One lifted off from Love Field. Just<br />

three hours and nine minutes earlier<br />

the plane had <strong>to</strong>uched down for a vic<strong>to</strong>rious<br />

parade. Spirits had been high; celebration<br />

and sunshine and confetti<br />

were in the air. Now nothing but darkness<br />

and tears.<br />

Air Force One is the most secure plane<br />

in the world. Every trip is exceptionally<br />

guarded in terms of its flight path. The<br />

plane zigs and zags, taking unorthodox<br />

routes for utmost secrecy. On the ground<br />



Soaring higher than<br />

Air Force One<br />

Secret Service agents track its every move;<br />

people stationed in unmarked cars along<br />

the route visually confirm its passage<br />

overhead. And this flight carried the dead<br />

body of the former president and also the<br />

new president. There was no backup, no<br />

vice vice president. And 26000 had no<br />

military escort for this trip. On the<br />

ground below, the Pentagon put Air Force<br />

bases on standby alert, with pilots<br />

“belted in and ready <strong>to</strong> go.”<br />

Captain Swindal had <strong>to</strong> fly that plane carrying<br />

the dead body of his hero. It was<br />

November, with early sundowns. Flying west<br />

<strong>to</strong> east <strong>to</strong> Washing<strong>to</strong>n, D.C., Air Force One<br />

was quickly immersed in shadows and then<br />

in darkness that made the gloom more<br />

unbearable. “It was the sickest plane I’ve ever<br />

been on,” Mac Kilduff, a Kennedy advisor,<br />

<strong>to</strong>ld people later. But no one seemed <strong>to</strong> feel it<br />

as did the captain. Manchester writes: “No<br />

aircraft commander had ever been charged<br />

with so grave a responsibility, yet he wondered<br />

whether he could make it <strong>to</strong> Andrews.<br />

He was near collapse. ‘It became,’ in his<br />

words, ‘a struggle <strong>to</strong> continue.’ ”<br />

Swindal had clearance <strong>to</strong> take his<br />

beloved president home at 29,000 feet, a<br />

pretty standard level even <strong>to</strong>day. Flights<br />

often climb up <strong>to</strong> these levels <strong>to</strong> avoid<br />

turbulence. But with all that ache in his<br />

heart, and with the defiant skyline of<br />

Dallas just behind him, with all the<br />

hatred of people, the cities, and angry<br />

civilizations just below him, spreading<br />

out in all directions, Swindal<br />

wished he could take his<br />

beloved president away<br />

from it all. He wanted <strong>to</strong> lift him higher<br />

than he’d ever been before, remove him<br />

from the pain of earth, the danger of bullets<br />

and snipers and angry posters and<br />

cruel edi<strong>to</strong>rials. And so he did. In all his<br />

life, Kennedy had never been so far above<br />

earth before; the 707 roared <strong>to</strong>ward the<br />

stars, climbing at the incredible rate of<br />

4,000 feet per minute. Swindal didn’t<br />

level off until they were at 41,000 feet,<br />

approximately eight miles above the<br />

scarred world and its miserable Friday.<br />

What a flight<br />

that’s going<br />

<strong>to</strong> be!<br />

Flight—Again<br />

Fifty years later, our world is just as<br />

horribly scarred and miserable. It still<br />

harbors assassins and hurt of every<br />

kind. Hate is as cheap as the Internet.<br />

Leaders fall <strong>to</strong> bullets or scandals. Terrorists<br />

obliterate our tallest buildings<br />

and slaughter our most innocent<br />

infants, loved ones, and friends. We<br />

keep visiting more hospitals, attending<br />

more funerals, and standing in more<br />

cemeteries than we ever wanted <strong>to</strong>. We<br />

need a Swindal flight.<br />

Except that what God’s Word promises<br />

is infinitely better. Not Dallas <strong>to</strong><br />

Washing<strong>to</strong>n, D.C., not a Boeing 707, not<br />

two hours and eighteen minutes of<br />

flight, and not even Swindal’s breathtaking<br />

41,000 feet. But a trip that lifts us<br />

free from every last trace of this world’s<br />

ugliness and hate, a trip beyond the<br />

stars. Jesus promises us, “In my Father’s<br />

house are many mansions. . . . I go <strong>to</strong> prepare<br />

a place for you. And if I go and prepare a<br />

place for you, I will come again, and receive<br />

you un<strong>to</strong> myself; that where I am, there ye<br />

may be also” (John 14:2, 3, KJV).<br />

Paul knew much about assassinations;<br />

in fact, his own life ended tragically. But<br />

in 1 Thessalonians he writes about how<br />

we’ll soon be lifted up, caught up in the<br />

clouds. And then we’ll head out for a<br />

celestial journey that takes us far beyond<br />

the clouds, <strong>to</strong> a city that’s the capital of<br />

the universe. To a city that’s home. It’s a<br />

long, long way away, and frankly, we<br />

want it <strong>to</strong> be a long, long way away from<br />

earth and sin and death and the endless<br />

rows of <strong>to</strong>mbs<strong>to</strong>nes at Arling<strong>to</strong>n<br />

National Cemetery. God’s angels will<br />

gather His children <strong>to</strong>gether from the<br />

four winds of heaven and lift us up <strong>to</strong><br />

meet our Lord in the air (see Mark<br />

13:27). “And so shall we ever be with the<br />

Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17).<br />

Shout “Hallelujah,” friend of mine.<br />

What a flight that’s going <strong>to</strong> be! n<br />

* Quotations from William Manchester, The Death of<br />

a President (London: Pan Books, 1967).<br />

David B. Smith is the author of<br />

Finding Waldo and Rachel Marie,<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries set in his home country<br />

of Thailand.<br />

Lonnie Melashenko is a<br />

revivalist for the Columbia<br />

Union Conference.<br />

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Back <strong>to</strong> Basics<br />

When Anger Is Sin<br />

Have you ever been the recipient of an evil eye? You know, the look<br />

that is sharper than a dagger and more damaging than a rattlesnake bite? The angry glances intended <strong>to</strong> kill,<br />

if not the body, at least the spirit? In fact, if looks could kill, we would be a nation of dead men and women<br />

walking, because we are all angry with ourselves or others—some for a lifetime.<br />

We see it in government dysfunction at the national level, in random acts of domestic and societal violence,<br />

and in divisive discourses from the pulpits of so-called Christian churches where pas<strong>to</strong>rs malign and<br />

threaten <strong>to</strong> maim those who believe differently.<br />

However, before we jump on the bandwagon of blaming the other side, let me remind us that this<br />

national behavior is a reflection of the personal brokenness that exists in all our lives <strong>to</strong>day. This brokenness<br />

results from a disposition of sin inherited by every human born after the Fall (Ps. 51:5), and is<br />

most often manifested in actions that emphasize the belief that “I am my own god.” It has been<br />

perpetuated from generation <strong>to</strong> generation. As those living in the last days, we have inherited the<br />

cumulative effect of humanity’s repudiation of divine directives for reconciliation.<br />

Condemnation for this disposition of sin comes when the Holy Spirit brings <strong>to</strong> our attention<br />

the fact that Jesus came <strong>to</strong> deliver us from it. Yet we refuse <strong>to</strong> allow Him <strong>to</strong> do so. From that<br />

moment, followed by persistent rejection, we begin <strong>to</strong> receive the seal of condemnation. “This is<br />

the verdict,” said Jesus about that critical moment: “Light has come in<strong>to</strong> the world, but people loved<br />

darkness instead of light” (John 3:19).<br />

So where do we go from there? We must immediately decide <strong>to</strong> let God heal our personal brokenness,<br />

then obey His divine directives and be reconciled with one another.<br />

In the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12), also known as the Christian Magna Carta and constitution of the<br />

kingdom of God, Jesus <strong>to</strong>ld His disciples—then and now—that His kingdom code is deeper and more<br />

personal than the laws of the scribes and Pharisees. For instance, His kingdom code is <strong>to</strong> honor God,<br />

not just with behaviors that can be observed and measured, but with thoughts, motives, and attitudes,<br />

the unseen evidence of being. Jesus calls us, His followers, <strong>to</strong> commit ourselves not simply <strong>to</strong> external<br />

requirements that make it appear as if we are doing the right thing, but <strong>to</strong> an inner allegiance <strong>to</strong> His<br />

kingdom code that includes our thoughts, motives, and attitudes <strong>to</strong>ward things such as anger (cf. Matt.<br />

5:21-26).<br />

Jesus didn’t say that anger—the normal, agitated outburst <strong>to</strong> offenses or reaction <strong>to</strong> hurt, harm, and<br />

hostility—is a sin. He Himself was angry when He saw how God’s house of prayer had been transformed<br />

in<strong>to</strong> a den of robbers.<br />

The apostle Paul, who wrote more about anger than anyone in the New Testament, urged, “In your anger<br />

do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold” (Eph.<br />

4:26, 27). James adds this caveat: “Everyone should be quick <strong>to</strong> listen, slow <strong>to</strong> speak and slow <strong>to</strong> become<br />

angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:19, 20).<br />

Here’s the lesson for us <strong>to</strong>day: It’s OK <strong>to</strong> get angry, but not <strong>to</strong> let it seethe and simmer until it boils over.<br />

Instead, practice the “go” of reconciliation, because it’s a divine directive (Matt. 5:23, 24). It’s also important<br />

and urgent enough <strong>to</strong> interrupt our worship of God. This is usually the last thing we want <strong>to</strong> do, especially<br />

when our pride causes us <strong>to</strong> assert that divine principles are at stake. But we must be reconciled with one<br />

another because unresolved anger is sin; and like all other sins, it destroys us.<br />

Our lives should be guided by Alma Bazel Androzzo’s classic lyrics:<br />

“If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,<br />

If I can bring back beauty <strong>to</strong> a world upwrought,<br />

If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,<br />

Then my living shall not be in vain.” n<br />

Hyveth<br />

Williams<br />

Hyveth Williams teaches homiletics at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.<br />

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Adventist Life<br />

Married, but<br />

Alone on the Sabbath<br />


Amanda is a member of a<br />

suburban Seventh-day Adventist<br />

church. It’s Sabbath<br />

afternoon, and she’s<br />

stretched out on her living<br />

room couch reading the Adventist Review.<br />

In the background, her husband, Kevin,<br />

watches an international golf <strong>to</strong>urnament<br />

on television. She sits with her<br />

back <strong>to</strong> the screen, aware of who is winning<br />

because of Kevin’s occasional comments.<br />

But she stays immersed in her<br />

reading despite the continuous chatter<br />

of the sports announcer. This is a typical<br />

after-church Sabbath for Amanda.<br />

Ironically, she is reading an article on<br />

Sabbathkeeping. She finds it both amusing<br />

and frustrating, because most of the<br />

advice does not fit her life with Kevin,<br />

her unchurched spouse. For 15 years<br />

Amanda has attended church alone—<br />

one of the many “church widows” in an<br />

average North American church. But she<br />

has sisters all around the globe.<br />

We don’t know the percentage, but a<br />

large number of Adventists are married<br />

<strong>to</strong> nonmembers, and most of them are<br />

women. Although the principles presented<br />

in this article apply <strong>to</strong> husbands<br />

as well as wives, it will primarily<br />

address women. Church researchers tell<br />

us that the majority of Adventist members<br />

are women, limiting the number of<br />

men available for marriage.<br />

For such women Sabbathkeeping is a<br />

challenge. It’s most difficult in cultures<br />

in which the female is viewed as having<br />

less equality in the marriage relationship.<br />

She may be subject <strong>to</strong> the whims<br />

and needs of her husband <strong>to</strong> the point<br />

that Sabbath is like any other day.<br />

Should she refuse <strong>to</strong> serve him, her life<br />

Living with an<br />

unbelieving spouse<br />

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would be filled with tension, threats, or<br />

even abuse. If she is fortunate, she has<br />

an understanding partner who allows<br />

her <strong>to</strong> attend church, which in some<br />

countries can fill the whole day and<br />

provide spiritual fellowship.<br />

Not all religiously divided homes<br />

involve spouses. We’ve heard s<strong>to</strong>ries of<br />

children and youth who became Adventists<br />

in spite of uninvolved or even hostile<br />

parents and siblings. Their Sabbaths<br />

can be especially <strong>to</strong>ugh. In many<br />

instances their families mistreat them<br />

or force them <strong>to</strong> leave home. These, of<br />

course, are the extreme cases. Most converts<br />

<strong>to</strong> Adventism<br />

don’t face such overt<br />

familial persecution;<br />

but almost all religiously split homes<br />

will face challenges on the Sabbath that<br />

often require some sort of compromise<br />

from the ideal.<br />

The Influence of<br />

Spiritual Fruits<br />

A Bible text that many Christian<br />

spouses cherish is 1 Corinthians 7:14:<br />

“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified<br />

by the wife, and the unbelieving wife<br />

by the husband” (NKJV). 1 A caring and<br />

loving spouse sanctifies by influence.<br />

The fruits of the Holy Spirit act as a witness<br />

<strong>to</strong> God’s character: love, joy, peace,<br />

forebearance, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness,<br />

and self-control (Gal. 5:22, 23).<br />

These spiritual fruits may sound<br />

intimidating because none of us is a<br />

perfect human being. Trying <strong>to</strong> live up<br />

<strong>to</strong> such a high standard can be a burden<br />

in an environment of conflicting values.<br />

So how do we reach those lofty, lifechanging<br />

behaviors in a marriage? We<br />

can’t do so consistently on a daily basis.<br />

It’s always a struggle, and Sabbathkeeping<br />

remains one of its biggest tests. The<br />

following are some important guidelines<br />

for working through these difficult<br />

issues that this writer has learned<br />

from years of experience:<br />

Make prayer and study of the Word a<br />

priority. Prayer opens the mind <strong>to</strong> the<br />

influence of the Holy Spirit, who<br />

changes our thoughts and lives in accordance<br />

with God’s will. But <strong>to</strong>o often we<br />

give in <strong>to</strong> our selfish desires. When that<br />

happens, it’s important <strong>to</strong> ask for forgiveness<br />

before the day ends.<br />

Never nag or try <strong>to</strong> change the other<br />

person. Many homes have broken up<br />

because the believer expects her husband<br />

<strong>to</strong> follow her practices and accept<br />

her ideas. I remember a friend who married<br />

an agnostic and then pressured<br />

him <strong>to</strong> give 10 percent of his salary <strong>to</strong><br />

her church every Sabbath. Being a kind<br />

man, he did so for a time, but such an<br />

expectation wore out his patience. Why<br />

should he pay <strong>to</strong> support ideas he<br />

didn’t believe in? The same logic applies<br />

<strong>to</strong> the husband’s use of his time. How a<br />

believer relates <strong>to</strong> her spouse on Sabbath<br />

can be vital <strong>to</strong> his appreciation for<br />

it in the future.<br />

Linking pleasant memories with Sabbath<br />

makes it worth anticipating. Presented<br />

as a day for family, children<br />

associate it with happiness—and so can<br />

spouses. Nature trips offer an enjoyable<br />

way <strong>to</strong> spend Sabbath. But don’t expect<br />

the spouse <strong>to</strong> talk of religion or avoid<br />

secular conversation; and don’t scold<br />

him for it or any other Sabbath lapse.<br />

Sabbath trips will be remembered by<br />

the family, perhaps forever. Consider an<br />

occasional whole day. It’s not good, however,<br />

<strong>to</strong> miss church more than a week at a<br />

time, except for vacations. Nonattendance<br />

can become habitual, and the believing<br />

spouse needs church fellowship.<br />

Granted, most entertainment doesn’t<br />

fit the goal of a sanctifying Sabbath, but<br />

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we can still find appropriate, creative,<br />

and fun things <strong>to</strong> do <strong>to</strong>gether.<br />

Worship with others and make lasting<br />

church friendships. These friends are<br />

our support group. Sabbathkeeping can<br />

be done in conjunction with other<br />

women who attend alone. An evangelist’s<br />

wife <strong>to</strong>ld me about a group of women in<br />

Russia who worship in the apartment of<br />

a single woman each Sabbath and spend<br />

the whole day. This weekly spiritual<br />

retreat avoids the problems of Sabbathkeeping<br />

at home (if it doesn’t leave the<br />

husband feeling abandoned). Such a<br />

practice may not work everywhere, but it<br />

does offer a unique alternative.<br />

Never say your spouse is unsaved or<br />

believe your marriage is a mistake. 2<br />

What if your spouse believed you were<br />

lost? How would that affect your life<br />

<strong>to</strong>gether? Yet I suspect many wives<br />

believe this and even voice it <strong>to</strong> their<br />

unchurched husbands. Imagine, <strong>to</strong>o,<br />

how you would feel if your spouse<br />

believed your marriage was a mistake.<br />

Don’t argue over religion. It never<br />

helps, because it doesn’t change minds;<br />

instead, it reinforces individual opinions.<br />

This is particularly true on the<br />

Sabbath, which can easily become a day<br />

associated with confrontation.<br />

Most religiously divided marriages<br />

occur between a believer and an<br />

unchurched spouse. It’s unusual but<br />

not impossible, however, that two<br />

strong believers find themselves in an<br />

interfaith marriage. When a woman<br />

marries a staunch believer of another<br />

faith, it’s important that she respect<br />

that faith. If she ever expects her husband<br />

<strong>to</strong> attend church with her, she<br />

ought <strong>to</strong> be willing <strong>to</strong> attend his church.<br />

The couple must make it a point not<br />

<strong>to</strong> argue over differences but emphasize<br />

similarities. By praying and studying<br />

<strong>to</strong>gether, they open their lives <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Holy Spirit. Neither one should insist<br />

on a particular interpretation of the<br />

Bible unless their partner requests <strong>to</strong> be<br />

part of such a discussion. Remember <strong>to</strong><br />

listen <strong>to</strong> each other: we can learn from<br />

another’s faith journey.<br />

Understand and discuss in a nonthreatening<br />

way an unchurched husband’s<br />

reasons for discomfort with<br />

organized religion or Christianity. Many<br />

do not trust religion because of negative<br />

experiences. Perhaps they grew up in a<br />

rigid home in which religion was more<br />

<strong>to</strong>xic than helpful; or it could have been<br />

a home in which religion was either<br />

nonexistent or scorned. Many Jewish<br />

husbands have been raised with a distrust<br />

of Christianity. I know a Jewish<br />

man whose grandmother was forced <strong>to</strong><br />

convert <strong>to</strong> Catholicism in prewar<br />

Europe, which left him with a dislike for<br />

structured religions. We can be knowledgeable<br />

of, and sympathetic <strong>to</strong>, a<br />

spouse’s experience with religion, and<br />

respect his feelings.<br />

Consider compromise. Compromise<br />

is not always negative and is necessary<br />

for peace and respect in homes in which<br />

husband and wife have differing beliefs.<br />

The Adventist wife must decide what<br />

things can and cannot be compromised.<br />

We know <strong>to</strong> avoid tasks identified with<br />

the working world for Sabbath <strong>to</strong> be<br />

Sabbath; that generally means not<br />

laboring at home or on a job. But there<br />

is no overall formula that works for<br />

everyone; no one-size-fits-all Sabbathkeeping<br />

in these nontraditional homes.<br />

The Adventist spouse must prayerfully<br />

consider what will work best in her particular<br />

situation.<br />

Plan ahead. To arrive home after a<br />

joyful time in church among friends<br />

who love the Lord can be a letdown on<br />

Sabbath. When a wife walks through the<br />

door, she may be met by a blaring television<br />

and a rush <strong>to</strong> make lunch. It’s as if<br />

the Sabbath has come <strong>to</strong> an end! But it<br />

hasn’t. It’s actually just a prayer away.<br />

Nothing can crush Sabbath joy more<br />

quickly than an unprepared response <strong>to</strong><br />

the day. Many church families plan Sabbath<br />

activities on Friday afternoon. The<br />

spouse of the unchurched must plan<br />

even more carefully. If there are children,<br />

it means guiding them <strong>to</strong> enjoy<br />

Sabbath. It becomes a problem when the<br />

spouse differs on what children should<br />

do, and the believing wife often has <strong>to</strong><br />

accept the husband’s decision, because<br />

she does not parent alone.<br />

Unfortunately, the husband may<br />

never feel comfortable with his Adventist<br />

wife’s choices for Sabbath, and<br />

acceptance of this fact is one of the<br />

pains in such a relationship.<br />

Worth the Wait<br />

As the Amandas of Adventism can tell<br />

you, being married <strong>to</strong> an unchurched<br />

husband or someone of a different faith<br />

is a lonely road on which one frequently<br />

feels isolated. Those who treasure the<br />

joy of conversing about faith matters<br />

can only imagine what it’s like when<br />

such insights are out of bounds. It’s<br />

akin <strong>to</strong> residing in a different dimension<br />

from one’s mate; the inability <strong>to</strong><br />

share spiritual insights and truths is<br />

painful—the thing you hold dearest in<br />

life cannot be comprehended by the<br />

person you love. It’s a situation that<br />

causes some <strong>to</strong> drift away from their<br />

church and faith.<br />

Yet, there are instances in which this<br />

type of marriage works well. It takes<br />

two mature and loving adults who are<br />

able <strong>to</strong> work through their differences<br />

on life’s most important relationship—<br />

their relationship with God. It may take<br />

years, but for those who endure, it’s<br />

worth the wait.<br />

It’s all about acceptance, respect,<br />

hope, faith, and love—and the greatest<br />

of these is love. n<br />

1<br />

Texts credited <strong>to</strong> NKJV are from the New King<br />

James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by<br />

Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights<br />

reserved.<br />

2<br />

Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home (Nashville:<br />

Southern Pub. Assn., 1952), p. 106.<br />

Katherine Carey is a pseudonym.<br />

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The Life of Faith<br />

Jews, Christians, and Psalm 110<br />

In biblical interpretation, one can be right for the wrong reasons,<br />

and wrong for the right reasons. There’s an important passage in Scripture about which I believe Christians<br />

have been right for the wrong reasons, and Jews have been wrong for the right reasons.<br />

Psalm 110 is crucial <strong>to</strong> the Christian faith because its interpretation is traceable <strong>to</strong> Jesus Himself. In a<br />

fascinating exchange with His own Jewish people, Jesus raised the tantalizing possibility that the Jewish<br />

Messiah was more than human:<br />

“While the Pharisees were gathered <strong>to</strong>gether, Jesus asked them, ‘What do you think about the Messiah?<br />

Whose son is he?’<br />

“ ‘The son of David,’ they replied.<br />

“He said <strong>to</strong> them, ‘How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him “Lord”? For he says,<br />

“The Lord said <strong>to</strong> my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ ”<br />

“ ‘If then David calls him “Lord,” how can he be his son?’<br />

“No one could say a word in reply” (Matt. 22:41-46).<br />

This exchange, which “delighted” the crowds (see Mark 12:37), has been less than delightful<br />

<strong>to</strong> Jewish theologians through the centuries—in part, because Christians often present it<br />

wrongly. In fact, our Bibles have contributed <strong>to</strong> the problem.<br />

Many versions of the Bible translate Psalm 110:1: “The LORD says <strong>to</strong> my Lord, ‘Sit at My right<br />

hand’ ” (NKJV). 1 LORD (all capitals) indicates Yahweh, while Lord (capitalized) indicates Adonai;<br />

both are divine. In essence, eager Trinitarian Christians have explained this verse as: God [the<br />

Father] says <strong>to</strong> God [the Son], “Sit at My right hand.”<br />

Unfortunately, this has resulted in Christians being dismissed by Jews as naive and careless with<br />

Scripture. Why? Because the second “Lord” in verse 1 should not, in fact, be translated adonai<br />

(Hebrew for divine Lord) but adoni (Hebrew for human lord). 2 This verse should read: “The LORD<br />

says <strong>to</strong> my lord” (NIV).<br />

Our Jewish friends are right. They are also wrong.<br />

There’s another “Lord” in this psalm. He can be found in verse 5, sitting at the right hand. He is the<br />

Lord, Adonai. But at whose right hand is Adonai sitting? Who else, but Yahweh’s? 3 What? How can a<br />

human lord sit at the right hand of Yahweh in verse 1, and a divine Lord sit at the right hand of Yahweh<br />

in verse 5? How can one figure be both human and divine at the same time?<br />

It’s the Jewish reminder of careful exegesis that, ironically, makes Psalm 110 even more powerful than<br />

what many Christians have realized and taught. Indeed, it’s the human nature of “lord” in verse 1 that sets<br />

up the cosmic punch line: the divine nature of this same “Lord” in verse 5. The revelation is startling: This<br />

Messiah is not only from earth; He’s from heaven. He’s not only the Son of man; He’s the Son of God. He’s<br />

not only the offspring of David; He’s the Root of Jesse (Rev. 22:16).<br />

This is precisely the point Jesus was making all along. n<br />

Andy<br />

Nash<br />

1<br />

Texts credited <strong>to</strong> NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All<br />

rights reserved.<br />

2<br />

The Hebrew term adon can mean either a human lord or divine Lord. But when adon appears with the possessive “my” (adoni in Hebrew), it<br />

always refers <strong>to</strong> a human lord or master (even angel), not <strong>to</strong> God (see, for example, 1 Sam. 29:8; Ex. 21:5; Gen. 18:12; Joshua 5:14).<br />

3<br />

Some have suggested that in verse 5 adonai sits at the right hand of a human lord, meaning that we’ve gone from a human at the right hand<br />

of Yahweh in verse 1 <strong>to</strong> a divine Adonai at the right hand of a human in verse 5. While this is possible, it must be asked: Did these figures somehow<br />

switch seats? If so, why? Also, if the “LORD” (Yahweh) of verse 1 is the same figure as the “Lord” (adonai) of verse 5 (who’s described as the<br />

“Lord” who will crush kings and judge the nations [verses 5, 6]) would the LORD (Yahweh) also have <strong>to</strong> drink from a brook along the way (verse<br />

7)? Does it not make more sense that the lord (adoni) invited <strong>to</strong> sit at the right hand of Yahweh in verse 1 is the same Lord (adonai) seated at the<br />

right hand of Yahweh in verse 5?<br />

Andy Nash is a professor and lay pas<strong>to</strong>r. He’s leading two <strong>to</strong>urs <strong>to</strong> Israel next summer. Contact him at andynash5@gmail.com.<br />

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Bookmark<br />

Creation Health: A Journey of Discovery<br />

CREATION Health: A Journey of Discovery,<br />

Chris Blake, Florida Hospital Mission<br />

Development, Orlando, Florida,<br />

2013, 228 pages, US$14.99. Reviewed<br />

by Stephen Chavez, coordinating edi<strong>to</strong>r,<br />

Adventist Review.<br />

Health is hot. You can’t go anywhere<br />

without seeing an article, an ad, a<br />

program about eating healthfully, losing<br />

weight, beating addictions, or<br />

reducing your risk of heart attack,<br />

stroke, or various forms of cancer.<br />

A generation ago Adventists<br />

were well-known for speaking out<br />

against smoking, using illicit<br />

drugs, and drinking alcohol.<br />

Indeed, in many venues ours was<br />

the predominant voice in opposing<br />

these habits.<br />

Now it’s not only Adventists<br />

who lobby against corporations<br />

that promote <strong>to</strong>bacco, alcohol,<br />

and fac<strong>to</strong>ry farming. Some might<br />

wonder whether we have anything<br />

<strong>to</strong> offer, or if we’ll ever<br />

have the influence we<br />

once had.<br />

CREATION Health<br />

is one response. The<br />

book, written by wellknown<br />

author Chris Blake, is<br />

an exposition of the CREATION<br />

health outline adopted by the General<br />

Conference Health Ministries<br />

Department and embodied by the Florida<br />

Hospital Health System. CREATION<br />

health (choice, rest, environment, activity,<br />

trust, interpersonal relationships,<br />

outlook, nutrition) is the twenty-firstcentury<br />

child of the NEWSTART health<br />

system, used so well and so effectively<br />

as part of the Adventist health message<br />

in the last half of the twentieth century.<br />

The book CREATION Health defies<br />

description. It’s not a textbook; it’s not<br />

literature; more than anything it’s a<br />

workbook, packed with more information,<br />

activities, questions, and quotes<br />

than can be absorbed in one setting.<br />

And that’s the idea. This isn’t a book<br />

<strong>to</strong> curl up with and read straight<br />

through; it’s a book <strong>to</strong> digest, a little at a<br />

time, preferably with friends or fellow<br />

church members in small groups.<br />

According <strong>to</strong> Robyn Edger<strong>to</strong>n, Mission<br />

Development direc<strong>to</strong>r<br />

for Florida Hospital and edi<strong>to</strong>r of<br />

the book, the book is designed <strong>to</strong> go<br />

where Adventists aren’t generally<br />

invited: government agencies, county<br />

health departments, community recreation<br />

centers.<br />

And why not? With the current<br />

emphasis on health and health care,<br />

employers, employees, and individuals<br />

are increasingly looking for ways <strong>to</strong><br />

stretch their health resources, <strong>to</strong> find<br />

cures that are simple, effective, and<br />

lasting.<br />

CREATION Health’s message is overwhelmingly<br />

positive. It’s not a book<br />

about prohibitions. It’s a book of prescriptions:<br />

“eight universal principles<br />

for living life <strong>to</strong> the fullest.” Author<br />

Chris Blake uses three words <strong>to</strong> describe<br />

the book: accessible, deep, practical. All<br />

the principles begin with the Bible, but<br />

they don’t end there. They move in<strong>to</strong><br />

our lives and <strong>to</strong>uch those areas<br />

where we live, work, recreate,<br />

share relationships, and enjoy<br />

life.<br />

The only drawback <strong>to</strong> this<br />

book can be stated in one<br />

word: accessibility. As of this<br />

writing (the first week of<br />

November), the only way <strong>to</strong><br />

get copies of this book is <strong>to</strong><br />

call Mission Development at<br />

Florida Hospital and order<br />

them. The phone number<br />

(407-303-7711) isn’t even <strong>to</strong>llfree.<br />

For a generation used <strong>to</strong><br />

one-click shopping, this is a<br />

huge disadvantage. Books<br />

can also be ordered from<br />

CreationHealth.com, but<br />

when I went <strong>to</strong> the site I<br />

couldn’t find a link with<br />

which <strong>to</strong> order the book.<br />

CREATION Health is ideal for smallgroup<br />

Bible studies, prayer meetings,<br />

Sabbath school classes, youth and young<br />

adult groups. It’s also a great, nonthreatening<br />

way <strong>to</strong> introduce people <strong>to</strong><br />

the practical truths of the Bible. The<br />

writing and activities are engaging and<br />

thought-provoking, providing many<br />

opportunities <strong>to</strong> make personal<br />

applications.<br />

If only it were available on Amazon.<br />

com or at Adventist Book Centers. n<br />

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Reflections<br />

Fissures in Fine-China Christianity<br />

“OK, girls. Can you help me get dinner ready?” My mother spoke<br />

quickly as we moved from the car in<strong>to</strong> the house. “Mindy, will you please set the table?”<br />

Still wearing my favorite church dress—the one with pale-pink roses and soft cream lace trim—and filled<br />

with 12-year-old self-importance, I led the two girls in<strong>to</strong> the kitchen. I felt sure I knew all there was <strong>to</strong> know<br />

about Sabbath dinner preparation, and I was ready <strong>to</strong> impress.<br />

We had five small guests eating with us—siblings ranging from 3 <strong>to</strong> 11 years old. They came from difficult<br />

circumstances: their mother was in jail, and their father was in charge yet absent, intent on a very public<br />

affair with another woman. As the pas<strong>to</strong>r’s family, we had invited <strong>to</strong> take them <strong>to</strong> church and <strong>to</strong> dinner with<br />

us afterward.<br />

The flash of steel and the fast motion of the knife in my mother’s hand quickly chopped a buffet of green,<br />

red, and yellow vegetables for a fresh relish tray. Hymns played from the stereo, and rich savory smells<br />

escaped from the oven door as the vegetarian roast was reheated. My mouth was already watering. Breakfast<br />

seemed so long ago.<br />

I started confidently <strong>to</strong>ward our country-blue china hutch, its glass doors revealing an array of beautiful<br />

dishes, glass goblets, and bowls. While their brothers roughhoused and played in the living room, the two<br />

girls s<strong>to</strong>od awkwardly, faces grimy and clothes stained, in the middle of the dining room. Their eyes tracked<br />

my every movement.<br />

From inside the cupboard I began <strong>to</strong> pull out my mother’s wedding china. White and<br />

richly delicate with gleaming silver trim and a lacy flower design, it caught the light as<br />

I counted out the plates we would need. One, two, three, four. . . Next, I would count<br />

out the matching fancy silverware. I already knew what my table-setting finale<br />

would be: the tall crystal candlesticks. Their glittering cut glass, catching and<br />

refracting the light, would surely awe my two young friends.<br />

All of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I saw my mother motioning <strong>to</strong><br />

me. She was shaking her head. What’s wrong? I wondered. Am I in trouble for something?<br />

But once she had my attention, she simply smiled and opened one of the<br />

kitchen cupboards, silently motioning that I should use our everyday plastic<br />

blue dishes.<br />

At first, I s<strong>to</strong>od there confused. Why did my mother not want me <strong>to</strong> use our special<br />

Sabbath china? She was the one who had taught us that Sabbath was a special day,<br />

a day <strong>to</strong> honor God by using only our best. I looked from my mother’s face <strong>to</strong> the two<br />

little girls silently watching me and then back in<strong>to</strong> my mother’s eyes. Suddenly I<br />

unders<strong>to</strong>od.<br />

That Sabbath we ate from our scarred and battered everyday plastic dishes, and I learned<br />

an important lesson. Without saying a word, my mother had taught me the importance of<br />

being careful with people’s feelings. That day I realized that showing God’s love <strong>to</strong> others<br />

might not always mean offering your best. It is about making your guests feel comfortable and<br />

at home.<br />

In the same way, our churches can have the most beautiful stained glass, the shiniest grand piano, and the<br />

richest upholstered pews; but unless people—all kinds of people—feel welcome, we are not truly sharing<br />

God’s marvelous love and providing them with a safe church home. Even though that Sabbath dinner happened<br />

more than a decade ago, I remember the powerful lesson my mother taught me that day. There are fissures<br />

in fine-china Christianity, and truly caring about people’s feelings is how we genuinely honor God. n<br />

Mindy Liebelt writes from Lincoln, Nebraska.<br />

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