The beliefs and sentiments expressed by those whose letters appear here are not necessarily shared by the Adventist Review or its editorial staff. These letters have been edited for clarity and length. -- Editors
Adventist Education: Romanian Style
I read with astonishment “Adventist Schools Shape Nation’s Educational Landscape” (Apr. 9, 2009). I am impressed by how one small Adventist Kindergarten in a rural part of northern Romania could influence a legislator born in that village to pay the salary of one teacher for an entire year out of his own pocket.
What would happen if we in North America could do this?
Earl J. Zager
The Worship of Contemplation
In “A Place to Worship Thee” (Mar. 26, 2009), “Marie Walkingstick” eloquently expressed my longing for a calm, quiet place to worship with other Seventh-day Adventist believers--people passionate about a relationship with Jesus.
I don’t mind sharing church services with others who like the noise of praise, but I often find myself wondering if they would mind sharing a church service with those of us who find it necessary to our spiritual walk to have occasional worship filled with peaceful praise and awe.
There are areas where there are a variety of Adventist churches. But for those without that choice, can we learn to share our Sabbath worship services without being critical or not coming to church on certain Sabbaths?
Thank you for printing the article, “A Place to Worship Thee.” Early this Sabbath morning I picked up the Adventist Review, quickly scanning the pages for a certain article. But when I reached the back page, I paused to read this article and was so blessed by it. I could relate to several things mentioned.
I appreciate our Cicero pastor, Ron Kelly, as he reminds us at the end of each Sabbath and prayer meeting service that we are in God’s house; and if we wish to talk, to please do so in the foyer. We tend to forget, but we would be so blessed if we would take time to be still and listen to that quiet voice that speaks to our hearts. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
The arguments for Creationism presented in the March 26, 2009 Adventist Review are forceful and convincing. I enjoy reading the evidence. The knowledge and understanding of God’s handiwork is an essential part of our understanding of His greatness and His love for humanity.
George McCready Price was one of my teachers at Walla Walla College (now University). At that time he was one of the church’s outstanding defenders of creationism, both in speech and publication. One of my friends took his class in logic. From then on I was never able to win an argument with him. But Professor Price’s arguments were soon rejected by some Adventists and non-Adventists alike.
I’m afraid it will take more than scientific evidence and logic to win the scientific community to creationism. It will require the demonstration of Christ’s character in the lives of those who believe in the God of Creation. That witness is also what the unscientific world will recognize.
Robert A. Dexter
On the walls in many Christian optometrists’ offices across our nation hangs the following quote from Charles Darwin: “To suppose that the eye, with all of its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.”
Elery W. Albertson
In fairness to Darwin, later in that passage he went on to write: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.”
Just as we would always wish to be quoted accurately, let us always try to quote others accurately—even those with whom we disagree.—Editors
Another True Story
I was happy to read Monte Sahlin’s review of the book, True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In by James Choung (Nov. 20, 2008).
Sahlin mentioned a book written by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and international organization started in the 1940s in Kansas City, Missouri. During my five years of canvassing in the Kansas City area, I met Bright and his family at their little bungalow that was located in my territory.
Bright was just beginning his worldwide program, and he appreciated our literature. I followed up by sending Signs of the Times and other literature. He may have used the material for his famous booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws, used by many Protestants.
True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In is a new take on The Four Spiritual Laws. Sahlin wrote: “It parallels passages from Ellen White’s writings.”
Bill Bright passed away several years ago, but his spiritual book continues to be a blessing. Thank you for this review.
Edna Jessica Harder Saxton
St. Joseph, Missouri