When my husband was in school in Philadelphia, he invited one of his friends for lunch one Sabbath, and we spent the day together. The following week he told my husband that, it had been the most pleasantly restful day he had spent. It hadn’t been so for me - prep, dinner, clean up, but most of all, trying to fit all that into the SDA prescribed mold of Sabbath keeping. Since then, Paul convinced me that the Sabbath isn’t a day; and Hebrews convinced me it was about rest. Other things factored in, I have been able to shed the Sabbath that looms large in any SDA Bible topic from Genesis to Revelation, and I find myself relishing the rest by choice rather than command.
All that you have listed as Adventist contributions are just words from a time long past - words sitting on our shelves, that SDAs themselves no longer find relevant. (Illustration: on a Sabbath afternoon, a pastor’s wife got a call from her husband, attending some kind of pastors’ meetings at Andrews. She asked what he was up to. A group of them had just been to MacDonalds for some ice-coffee.)
I’m going to have to quote myself right here. We think by “reading recipes to the hungry” we have fed them. Not until all those good messages are re-imagined will anyone pay attention.