June, 2009 - Vol. 5, No. 6
GENERAL COMMENTS Traditional Adventists should find this issue reassuring. It proclaims that Adventists are God's remnant people, according to Daniel and Revelation; that other Christian denominations' theology is flawed to the extent that it is not quite pleasing to God; that Adventists alone are currently guided by “the spirit of prophecy”; and while "many other churches are doing a good work, none is preaching the 'everlasting' or 'final', gospel in the setting of the final judgment-hour message". (ADVENTISTS REAFIRM MISSION FOCUS, reported by Mark A. Kellner and A UNIQUE PROPHETIC MOVEMENT by James R. Nix.)
This kind of self-promotion isn't Christian or biblical and is guaranteed to offend progressive Adventists and members of other Christian denominations. Insufferable exclusiveness holds up to ridicule not just our Church but Christianity in general. In contrast I offer Christ's words.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" Mathew 25:34-40
COMMENTS Allen R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless assure the reader that EXERCISE AT ANY AGE is, in almost all cases, a good thing.
Check out the bloggers from the Denver First Adventist Church at "denverdfirstsda.org". That congregation believes in HIGH TECH FOR HIGH TOUCH, as reported by Roscoe J. Howard III.
YOUNG ADULTS RELENTLESSLY PURSUE CHRIST is an interesting and presumably effective evangelistic program with a creepy title.
Hans Olsen's LEGACY OF FAITH is a financial appeal to build on the foundation of sacrifice and service rendered by Adventist missionaries in Africa.
Angel Manuel Rodriguez answers a HIGHER EDUCATION question, "Were there schools in [ancient] Israel?" "Probably."
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/1730