What I appreciate about Adventism


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By Alexander Carpenter

All too often folks worry that independent Adventist media exists only in the negative. I once sat next to a Union Conference communication chief who responded to my question about what's happening in his territory with a curt: "well, I like good news." Ouch. In fact, most of us do, too - and that's why we stick around, because we love our church and realize that communities are only as good as the people who create meaning within them.

This Thanksgiving season I'm especially thankful for those folks who read and write Adventist blogs. What a thoughtful emerging community. Graduate students, great grandfathers, pastors and laity all creating a space where old-media mavens like Cliff Goldstein can tangle with perpetual students like perpetualstudent. Welcome to new blogging standouts like Trisha over at Adventist Gender Justice and the anonymous historian of Hobbes' Place. There are plenty of things to improve about our faith, but here's the top three things I appreciate about Adventism. Feel free to share your own top three in the comment section.

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//-- 3. Andrews University profs who encourage thinking about how cultural production and the scientific method fashion truth.

On giving thanks, Courtney, over at One-in-Indy points out: "Here are some other facts to think about as we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals, whether they be with the traditional turkey, tofurky, or even better special K loaf. 1) Tomorrow over 1,000 people will be killed in Darfur.2) Tomorrow 16,000 children will die from hunger related causes.3) Tomorrow 13.9 million children in the United States will go hungry. Also, reflecting on what it all means for the future, Ron writes: "Adventism is what we make it, Adventism can be a totalitarian uncompromising religion or it can be a rational and pluralistic religion. We have the power to mold Adventism."

And Sherman Cox II over at Adventist Pulpit nails it. I'd love to hear a sermon on these points this Sabbath: "I also am happy that the Adventist church speaks of God's active involvement in contemporary history. We usually call this the sanctuary message and we usually limit it to either a going over the books, or a cleansing of individuals. However, at the very least we can see from this a recognition that God is seeking to build community and moving history towards such a building. God is in control and God is active in the world moving it forward." Oh what, the Tabernacle gave the Jews community and direction. Hmmm.

Check out his list here.

On this holiday celebrating a new assemblage, thank you community for creating a promising conversation. See you on the flip side.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4419