Fishing Naked

By Ray Tetz— The third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead was when seven of them were fishing by the Sea of Tiberias. None of them recognized Him at first. And one in particular seems to have been caught off guard completely. The Bible tells us that Peter was naked (John: 21:7). Even in the first century, the word naked in a sentence would have made people slow down to read it again. But in the Bible, naked means a state of undress—not necessarily completely unclothed—and it is associated with specific conditions, most [...]

Fishing Naked2018-04-23T20:09:13-07:00

A Quiet Witness

Adventist teen and shooting survivor, Samantha Grady, decides not to participate in weekend demonstrations. On March 24, 2018, it is estimated that 800,000 protesters* attended the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. Others attended large sibling rallies in cities such as New York, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburg, Minneapolis, and Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed during a Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School. During the D.C. demonstration, victims of school shootings and celebrities spoke and/or performed while thousands of teens and young adults attended as advocates for gun-control. Many Christians, including Adventists, attended demonstrations [...]

A Quiet Witness2018-04-05T18:43:12-07:00

One Day at a Time

By Judy Crabb— I have become my husband’s care partner. We are the loves of each other’s lives—both of us had spouses who left not only us but their children as well. Sixteen years later we met. We have enjoyed happy family times with our four adult children and four adult grandchildren. But in 2015, at the age of 75, Milton was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, and the next year with Alzheimer’s. It was devastating to us both. All I knew about Alzheimer’s disease came from observing a family friend years earlier who pulled her husband along by the [...]

One Day at a Time2018-03-20T17:20:38-07:00

Del Delker, Adventist Music Icon, Asleep in Jesus

Del Delker, longtime soloist for Voice of Prophecy, passed away on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018, in Porterville, Calif., at the age of 93. Del, as generations of listeners and fellow believers knew her, spent much of her life and ministry in the Pacific Union and ministered to listeners around the globe with her rich and deep vocal talent. Though known for her musical career, Del is also treasured for the friendship she offered those who knew her. “Del truly loved people,” said Ken Wade, writer and former executive producer of Voice of Prophecy. “She was a much-admired and emulated [...]

Del Delker, Adventist Music Icon, Asleep in Jesus2018-04-05T18:43:39-07:00

Court Reverses Decision in Favor of Sabbath Observers

In a ruling issued Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018, the Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment for Kellogg’s, sending a Sabbath discrimination case back to the lower court for trial. Richard Tabura and Guadalupe Diaz worked at a Morningstar Farms plant in Clearfield, Utah, until they were both fired in 2012 for accumulating attendance points, largely on account of their Sabbath observance. Kellogg’s had argued that their religion-neutral scheduling system, which permitted employees to use vacation or sick leave or to find swaps to obtain religious accommodation, satisfied its legal obligation. The Appellate Court rejected that [...]

Court Reverses Decision in Favor of Sabbath Observers2018-04-05T18:44:06-07:00

Pure in Heart

By Mark Witas— Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Being “pure in heart” has a few different levels to it. First and foremost, on a surface level, a person who is pure in heart is a person who practices telling the truth. To put it another way, a person who is pure in heart isn’t a liar. When I was three years old, my family lived in Pasadena, California. One day I was out in the front yard playing while my dad worked on the car. As I was playing, I thought [...]

Pure in Heart2018-03-19T19:15:22-07:00

A Lot of Women Around Here

By Becky De Oliveira— In late 2010, construction on Andrews University’s brand-new Buller Hall was well underway. The new building connected to Nethery Hall where many College of Arts and Sciences classrooms were located, and the mess and noise and danger made teaching in the building impossible. Classes that normally met in Nethery were redistributed all around campus. I found myself teaching English Composition I in a classroom in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, an imposing campus structure that I otherwise rarely had reason to enter. The back wall of my classroom was made entirely of glass. Seminary students would [...]

A Lot of Women Around Here2018-03-20T16:57:56-07:00

Beach Breakfast

By Ray Tetz— The Gospel of John shares the story of Jesus appearing to seven of His disciples after the resurrection (John 21:4-14). Though the story appears in John’s Gospel, it is generally seen through the eyes of Simon Peter. It was his leadership that brought the disciples back to Galilee, where Jesus had told them He would meet them. It was Peter who suggested going back to the boats. When he realized it was Jesus on the shore, he impetuously wrapped his cloak around himself and swam to meet Him. Peter hauled the extraordinary catch of 153 fish ashore. [...]

Beach Breakfast2018-03-19T21:52:22-07:00