Thank you for printing David Marshall’s article “Celebrity Culture” (October 2007). And thanks to Marshall for pointing to the elephant in the living room of conservative Adventism. I was rebuked.
We’re great at denouncing the encroachments of popular culture in some areas, but we don’t seem to mind culturing our very own little Hollywood, replete with our very own pantheon of “stars.” But how worldly is that? The author of this long-overdue article skillfully extrapolated this celebrity culture to its final end, which is that “stars” often become fallen stars. Heaven help us if the onus for their apostasy hangs over our idolatrous little heads.
He identified a related problem of “camps.” My prayer is that those of us who value standards, but who are inclined to make them an excuse for separatism, will remember that unity is also a standard (Rom. 15:5, 6; 1 Cor. 1:10; Phil. 2:2, 3; 2 Cor. 13:11; and 1 Pet. 3:8).
Pennsylvania, United States
In regard to “Celebrity Culture,” we cannot deny that this is taking place in our churches, not only in the United States, but also here in the Caribbean. And it is not only with preachers, but also with singers/musicians. It seems that a lot of people cannot resist the acclamations they receive from large audiences.
Several of our young people, excellent singers, have drifted away from the church congregations to the worldly audiences.
It is not necessarily true that a “great” preacher is a great Christian. The same may be said of singers. The attention has to be drawn to Jesus, but too many times the “performances and shows” of preachers and singers alike draw all attention to themselves.
The human flesh is weak indeed and too much attention makes being a Christian even more difficult. We should lift up the Talent-giver in place of the talent-presenter.
But we shouldn’t too harsh on these people, they are human just like us. We are probably no better should we stand in their shoes.
Norman R. Boekhoudt
With All Your Mind
I consider the article “With All Your Mind,” by Reinder Bruinsma (August 2007), very thought-provoking and challenging. I have always believed that there is no such thing as a stagnant Christian. I am eager to learn new things, but the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I fully agree that there must always be a close relationship with knowing and doing, believing, obeying, and sharing.
One of my greatest anticipations of heaven is to have a mind capable of learning, understanding, and enjoying the many marvelous wonders God has in store for the redeemed. With the sin factor removed we will have minds capable of and eager to comprehend beyond what we now scarcely imagine. As we pursue our special interests in heaven, we will be capable of handling every challenge. God will be able to answer all of our troubling questions mentioned in the article, and we will realize that His wisdom will always be far beyond our understanding throughout eternity.
Texas, United States
I’m always interested in Angel Manuel Rodríguez’s section on Bible questions. I was recently reading his article in the July 2007 Adventist World issue. I really like the way he presented the three points; they are very clear and interesting. However, questions will continue to emanate even after such a detailed presentation. Therefore, I suggest that in any of the situations that preachers and teachers face such questions, they should only read the Bible and emphasize the origin of sin in the perfect heaven as mysterious.
Solusi University, Zimbabwe
Adventist World on the Internet
Hello, I am so glad that we can now access Adventist World magazine online. I’m in Uganda, and it takes a long time to get copies of this very good magazine.
May God bless you all at Adventist World!
Thank you for allowing us to view the magazine on the Internet. Whenever you feel discouraged, just think how many people are depending on your effort. We don’t always write, but we will be here, reading and waiting for the next issue to come. (We don’t always see a printed version: now we have access!)
Andre van der Schyff
Jesus Is Still Coming
I am very happy to have read one of your articles in the June 2006 Adventist World, “The Return of Jesus: Is It Still On?” by David Marshall.
This subject (opinion) really made me very happy because I am one of those who believe that Jesus is coming, and I concur with Mr. Rosario Alburo Choi of Ulsan, South Korea (his letter is published in that issue on p. 29).
Thank you also for your efforts to publish this wonderful magazine. Please do send me some of your articles, and if you offer Bible studies please enroll me as one of your Bible study students.
Alex Stanslaus Mossech
While we print a Bible study by Mark Finley in each monthly edition of Adventist World, these are solely for the use of readers—we are not equipped to run a program with students/teachers.
Our advice to this reader and others with similar concerns is to contact the Seventh-day Adventist Church union conference or division office in your region of the world. We are gratified that the magazine is filling this important need. In addition, those with access to the Internet may visit www.adventistworld.org.—Editors.