Secret History of the Jesuits by Edmund Paris for one.
I agree that the schools should be more vocational in nature and more focused on the Bible, but I must say that calling our church “sectarian” isn’t very appealing to me and is totally untrue to the vision of EGW and other early church leaders.
Also your statement that we are not growing globally is false. While it may be true in america and europe, the church of south america, asia, and africa is growing by leaps and bounds. This is due to the layman evangelists and bibles workers that are working their hearts out for the mission of the church. Also in africa the pastors have sometimes 20 churches under their care, proving that more pastors is not the answer to church growth.
I believe that the decline in church membership in North America and Europe is due mostly to modern outreach practices creeping into our church. Things like rock music, hyped up church praise teams and evangelical megachurch preaching methods. These have really turn the young people off.
We don’t need entertainment in the church, we need truth; living truth that feeds the soul. Not pleasing fables that lull us into a secure stupor.
“SDA Orthodoxy” and “sectarianism” are words some might like to use, but they do not reflect the true character of our church movement.