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
Notes of Appreciation
Roy Adams’ article about music, “Singing Our Songs” (Aug. 20, 2009), makes me think of an experience I had years ago: I went to church with my cousin while visiting her one weekend in Laguna Niguel, California. The Sunday church she attended had an ensemble of strings and other instruments. When they played the hymn, “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus,” the cello and bass put such an exquisite expression to the melody and rhythm I was almost able to see and feel the ocean. I was very moved and felt God’s love penetrating my heart.
I was surprised to find that our hymnal does not have that song by that name; it is listed under a couple other names. I wish I could hear it again with all those strings.
Bravo, Roy Adams, for encouraging an expanded use of our hymnal. Certainly, congregational hymns should be carefully chosen to advance the sermon theme, and there is a rich treasure of ideas we miss when we stick to a few dozen “favorites.”
Just contemplating the words of great hymns such as numbers 21, 198, and 606 can enrich our private and corporate devotions.
South Lancaster, Massachusetts
Food and Fellowship
In his article “Table Talk” (Aug. 20, 2009), Gerald Klingbeil points out the communal and often joyful fellowship that mealtime provided in near-east biblical culture.
Then he focuses on a little-mentioned aspect of the Mt. Carmel Elijah experience: the invitation to a meal on the mountain after the fireworks had subsided. Klingbeil likens this to a covenantal experience similar to the 70 elders on Mt. Sinai and suggests that God calls us to feast with Him on the covenantal mountain. Thank you, Editor Klingbeil, for enhancing our understanding of the Elijah message (Malachi 4:4-6).
Walla Walla, Washington
Clifford Goldstein again hit the nail on the head with his column “One Lord or the Other” (Aug. 20, 2009). Thank God for Goldstein, for his clarity, for his depth of analysis, and for not being afraid to write about issues that others don’t have the have the fortitude to face.
We have preachers and professors continually trying to “harmonize evolution with Adventism,” and some go even further. The employment of these people should be terminated and we should stand for what we believe, even if it brings some lawsuits.
Encourage Goldstein to continue writing as he does. He is your best asset.
It was refreshing to see Mike Jones’ article, “Door-to-door Missionaries” (Aug. 13, 2009), about what to do with missionaries of other faiths. I, too, used to be hesitant to answer the door when they came knocking, but I began to see it as an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to His wonderful truth.
I have witnessed the joy and acceptance, and also anger and rejection, in those who the Spirit leads into His truth. One woman accepted the Sabbath truth and passed away two months later. What if I hadn’t answered the call?
Upper Columbia Academy and Milo Adventist Academy were listed as academies where Gordon taught Bible classes. He was my Bible teacher at Walla Walla College Academy (now Walla Walla Valley Academy) in 1963-64. We were taking a test the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot; Gordon was called outside the classroom for a moment and stepped back in to tell us what had happened to our president.
Gordon was a wonderful example of Christianity in action. I am so sorry to read of his death.
Martha Maxted Schaffer
Mark Kellner, Spoiler
I can’t believe Mark Kellner spoiled the conclusion of “The Amazing Race” for me (“A (More) Amazing Race,” June 18, 2009)! Here in Australia we are a little more than halfway through the series, and I was hoping that the winners would be the mother and her deaf son. Now I find that they didn’t win after all! Well, it’s just a television program. You’re forgiven!
Yes, we are all part of another “greater race,” and thankfully we have the assurance that none of us will be eliminated, as he indicated, if we continue to trust Him.
My husband and I do appreciate Kellner’s regular contributions to the Review--in spite of the gaff!