Here We Go

By Ray Tetz — The elderly couple in the airport boarding line behind me are worried about being in the right line. After listening for a few minutes, I turn and suggest that since he uses a cane, he could probably pre-board and avoid the line entirely. “I hate doing that,” he says. “Like getting the senior discount, it’s a little bit embarrassing.” “Nah,” I say. “It will be so much easier for you. And believe me, every person in this line is trying to figure out how to get on that plane first. Just go for it.” He musters [...]

Here We Go2018-06-28T09:36:28+00:00

Being Political

By Becky De Oliveira — Express anything relating to the dreaded and verboten topic of politics—a vast concept if there ever was one—and by the slow count of 20, at least one person will have popped up to remind you that Adventists/Christians shouldn’t be “political.” The reminder might be polite or it could come laced with the kind of menace that will make your throat tighten with fear. More likely, it will be simply rude and shrill, and, depending on your level of hardiness, might make you question your human worth. I learned this the hard way in late 2009 [...]

Being Political2018-06-21T17:46:00+00:00

Stop Child Detentions

By Pastor Ricardo B. Graham— “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” said Jesus, “for of such is the kingdom of God.” But apparently, the little children are no longer welcome in the United States. Seventh-day Adventists regard the nurture and protection of children as a sacred trust. All Americans, and particularly people of faith, must raise their voices to condemn the demonization of these immigrant families as criminals. Many are fleeing violence and lawfully seeking refugee status. Jesus Christ declared that the way we treat those we regard as “the least of these” is how we treat the [...]

Stop Child Detentions2018-06-19T16:47:34+00:00

Alto a las detenciones infantiles

Pastor Ricardo B. Graham «Dejad que los niños vengan a mi», dijo Jesús, «porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos». Pero, aparentemente, los niños no son más bienvenidos en los Estados Unidos. Los Adventistas del Séptimo Día consideran cuidar y proteger a los niños como una encomienda sagrada. Todos los americanos, y particularmente la gente religiosa, deben de elevar sus voces para condenar la demonización de esas familias inmigrantes como criminales. Muchos están huyendo de la violencia y procurando legalmente la condición de refugiados. Jesucristo declaró que  la manera como tratamos a quienes consideramos «los más insignificantes» es [...]

Alto a las detenciones infantiles2018-06-19T16:43:30+00:00

Stop Child Detentions

Pastor Ricardo B. Graham “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” said Jesus, “for of such is the kingdom of God.” But apparently, the little children are no longer welcome in the United States. Seventh-day Adventists regard the nurture and protection of children as a sacred trust. All Americans, and particularly people of faith, must raise their voices to condemn the demonization of these immigrant families as criminals. Many are fleeing violence and lawfully seeking refugee status. Jesus Christ declared that the way we treat those we regard as “the least of these” is how we treat the Christ. [...]

Stop Child Detentions2018-06-16T22:49:00+00:00

The Walking Dead

By Delroy Brooks— A few years ago, I began to notice a strange preoccupation with the dead. Not exactly the dead, but those who are thought of as “the living dead,” otherwise known as zombies. Zombies are alive, but have no life. They are animate creatures that are limited in their abilities and functions. In every iteration of this popular horror movie trope, zombies must feed on others in order to remain animate. The protagonists in these stories are usually running for their lives and trying to find a cure for zombism. For five seasons, one of the most popular [...]

The Walking Dead2018-06-14T17:57:41+00:00

Our New Reality

By Stephen Chavez— Some of us are old enough to remember the first hijacked airliners. Terrorists, or those emotionally unbalanced, would smuggle weapons on board a plane, and while it was mid-flight they would take over, make demands, and threaten to start killing passengers and crew. To adjust to this new reality, passengers were screened before takeoff to make sure the crew and passengers wouldn’t be threatened. Then came 9/11, when airliners weren’t hijacked to make demands but simply to inflict maximum loss of life and damage to property. This new reality required even more rigorous airport screening and the [...]

Our New Reality2018-06-07T17:45:49+00:00

The Ox in the Ditch

By Ray Tetz— My father was a math teacher who was equally capable of teaching the concrete principles of arithmetic and the abstract principles of algebra. When the phone rang on a Sabbath morning, we were already dressed and ready for church and slowly assembling in the car. Maybe I was 11; I don’t really remember. What I do remember is my dad answering the phone and then, after a minute or so, hanging it up and saying, “Well, the ox is in the ditch. Guess I’m not going to church.” As he started to take off his tie, he [...]

The Ox in the Ditch2018-06-01T17:49:01+00:00