A Concert, Three Girls, and a Preacher
Mark Finley’s cover story in the September 2007 Adventist World, “A Rock Concert, Three Girls and a Confused Preacher,” spoke so plainly to me—please publish many more articles like this one. Pastor Finley’s story reminds me, “Whether you are a professional pastor speaking in remote places for God, or a wage earner praying to influence others in a secular job setting, or a grandmother with a letter-writing ministry, God is the Power Source, not you.” It’s a “no-brainer,” but still we need constant reminding.
For those of us Adventists longing to feel we are of use to God’s cause and wondering whether we’ll ever see results, this article is an encouragement—what a faith-builder! I’ll remember this story as I pray and then head to work in the mornings—thank you!
Margi Dalgleish Roth
Oregon, United States
Appreciation for Digital Communication
Fylvia Fowler Kline laments the destruction of books in “As Crowd Watches, Thoughts Burn,” on page 5 of the August 2007 Adventist World. As a high school library media teacher, I too would be very disappointed to see the destruction of useful reading material.
I do question, however, the conclusion of the article implying that digital creativity is worthless and that “modern technology is leading to a gradual decline of our potential as God’s creation.” Everyone born before 1985 is basically a digital “immigrant.” We grew up in the world of paper. Technology is changing and the younger generation, the digital “natives,” are using the new technologies in extremely creative ways. Not all Web-surfing is aimless and the digital natives do not consider text-messaging to be impersonal. If Google is used correctly and thoughtfully, enormous information is available to the reader. Is a sermon less truthful if it comes to the listener on an iPod? We need to appreciate and use all of the various avenues of communication favored by members of all generations.
Robert E. DuBose, Jr.
California, United States
Mind-set Over Matter!
In the interview “Women and Ministry” (Adventist World, April 2007, p. 8), our world church president, Jan Paulsen, reconfirmed the church’s position on women as ordained ministers that “this is not the way we can go now.” What did Paulsen mean by this? Does it mean that women could be ordained pastors, but not now? If this is what he meant, then I would like to ask: When? Would it be acceptable in the future but not now? Are we waiting for a “mind-set to change” as mentioned earlier in the interview? A mind-set caused by whom or what? The world? Is this what our church is all about?
Gauteng, South Africa
The Silent Threat
I am writing in regard to the Devotional article by Limoni Manu entitled “The Silent Threat” (May 2007). Manu humbles me with the dangerous currents lurking in our paths as Christians of today.
Manu says there are currents to watch. The one striking me most is the current of familiarity—just like deep sea divers become so familiar with big bodies of water that they underestimate the treacherous traits and dangers, we Christians become so familiar with the truth of salvation that we lose the sense of its quality and importance. Thus, instead of growing into spiritual maturity we remain spiritual infants, satisfied with our elementary understanding (the milk) of God’s Word. “But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil” (Heb. 5:14, NRSV).
So fellow conquerors, let’s go for solid food. Or is it milk until…?
Man of Vision
We appreciate the work brother Harald Pfeiffer did in Sierra Leone in helping to build the hospital. I read about this in the article “Man of Vision,” by Pietro E. Copiz, in the August 2006 Adventist World magazine. May God bless Pfeiffer and continue upholding him. Our world needs to have such people so that we can change it into a better place to live.
Central Adventist Youth Group
Sharing Adventist World
I’m a pastor’s daughter in Zambia and each month when we receive copies of the Adventist World magazine we take them to the hospitals and other organizations. I thought you would like to know that God is working through the magazine to touch these people. This is good.
Personally, my life has never been the same ever since I started distributing these magazines. I feel as though God is blessing me more and more with each copy I give out and I hope to spread His Word more and more.
Thank you for the good work and may God bless you.