Follow the Lamb

Ricardo Graham — Recently, while driving down a rural road, I saw a herd of sheep. One of them, apparently a mother, was grazing near the fence adjacent to the road. A little lamb followed closely behind her, nibbling the vegetation near its feet. It struck me as a serendipitous illustration of what I am supposed to be doing—following the Lamb, Jesus Christ. As I continued my drive, my mind began an impromptu self-evaluation of my spiritual walk, with several questions. How closely am I walking in the footsteps of Jesus? Am I walking close behind Him, following His example, [...]

Follow the Lamb2018-08-30T16:26:38-07:00

The Knowledge We Were Not Built to Bear

Ginger Ketting-Weller — “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,for in the day that you eat of it youshall surely die’” (Genesis 2:16-17, NKJV; emphasis supplied). “’But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase’”  (Daniel 12:4, NKJV; emphasis supplied). These days we are seeing ever more anxious children. Watch the tears of the elementary kids, even as they get older. See how the junior [...]

The Knowledge We Were Not Built to Bear2018-08-22T15:53:57-07:00

My Brother’s Keeper

Becky De Oliveira — As I descended from the summit of Longs Peak—one of Colorado’s famed mountains higher than14,000 feet—in the fall of 2015, I passed a young woman and an older man at the start of a steep section of the climb known as The Trough, a corridor filled with large rocks, granite slabs, and loose scree. The pair caught my attention because the young woman was crawling on her hands and knees, sobbing uncontrollably. She occasionally summoned up what little energy she appeared to have in order to scream short things like, “I can’t!” When her companion suggested [...]

My Brother’s Keeper2018-08-16T11:23:34-07:00

Relief for Sabbath Observers Seeking Jobs?

The number one problem faced by those who observe Sabbath when seeking jobs is having to disclose their schedule limitations on the job application and in the hiring process. Routinely, Sabbath observers are screened out. Help is on the way! At least in California. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission unveiled its proposed new regulations this week, addressing what are known as “pre employment inquiries” and making it clear that companies must inform applicants they don’t need to disclose their schedule unavailability if it is due to the need for accommodation on account of religion, disability, or medical condition.  These [...]

Relief for Sabbath Observers Seeking Jobs?2018-08-13T16:00:24-07:00

2018 NAD Teachers Convention in Chicago Includes 950 Teachers from the Pacific Union

The 2018 NAD Teachers Convention took place August 5-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, offering Adventist teachers and educators from across the North American Division the opportunity to come together for inspiration, instruction, networking, and professional development. The expected attendance of nearly 6,000 included more than 950 teachers and administrators from the Pacific Union. The theme for the 2018 event was "Encounter Jesus, Experience Excellence" and featured a rich and diverse mix of general sessions, worship experiences, concerts, workshops, networking opportunities, and exhibits. Dr. Berit von Pohle, Pacific Union Conference Director of Education, spoke about the importance of the [...]

2018 NAD Teachers Convention in Chicago Includes 950 Teachers from the Pacific Union2018-08-13T15:59:59-07:00

Thoughts on the One-year Anniversary of Charlottesville

Alan Reinach — There were three things Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered for, three things he wanted on his tombstone: being President of the United States was not one of them. Drafting the Declaration of Independence was one, so was authoring the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. But the third proudest achievement of his life was not his library or his beloved Monticello—it was founding the University of Virginia, an academic institution that has become one of the very finest in the world. According to the historians at Monticello, despite his economic dependence on slaveholding, Jefferson was a public [...]

Thoughts on the One-year Anniversary of Charlottesville2018-08-12T15:30:37-07:00

Serving is Better than Superlatives

Stephen Chavez — If the Twitterverse is any indication, we live in an age in which everything—everything—is the best, the greatest, the largest, the longest, the hugest (or very huge). Politicians and other public officials seem obliged to announce that not only are they doing their jobs, they’re doing their jobs better and more efficiently than they’ve been done in 20, 30, or 50 years. When televangelists and megachurches number their followers in the thousands, their viewers in the millions, and their income in billions of dollars, you have to wonder if anything resembling Christian humility is still part of [...]

Serving is Better than Superlatives2018-08-07T16:58:52-07:00

Next, Please!

Mark Witas — I think that God gave us the Department of Motor Vehicles for several reasons. One of them is to remind us that there is something opposite of heaven on this earth. Soon after I moved to the town of Burlington, WA, I had to go to the motor vehicle department in neighboring Mount Vernon to get my license updated. When I walked in, I took a number from the little number dispenser and noticed right away that my number said 452 and we were on number 18. So I sat down and began my time in purgatory. [...]

Next, Please!2018-08-01T13:40:02-07:00