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
Thank you for the excellent Week of Prayer issue
on Revival and the Word. I appreciated the emphasis on the Word of God.
An excellent resource for daily Bible reading is our current worldwide initiative Revived By His Word (RBHW). Thousands of believers around the world are reading one chapter of the Bible each day and interacting on the RBHW blog. Revived By His Word is available in English and Spanish at www.RevivedByHisWord.org.
Silver Spring, Maryland
When is the Week of Prayer? I like to prepare for it, but I usually don’t find out until I receive the issue and the week has either already begun or ended.
The Week of Prayer should be emphasized more. I used to tell my friends how in the early days we as a world church would come together for one week, and with prayer and fasting seek God’s guidance for our church. We don’t do this anymore. No one from the pulpit reminds us of the upcoming week of prayer. We used to order extra issues and give them to our church family, because not all subscribed to the Review. Is it possible to get the Week of Prayer readings in the Adventist World we all receive?
Thank you for your questions. The annual Week of Prayer appears on the General Conference calendar during the first full week of November; this year November 3-10. But various fields and territories can observe it when it best suits their schedules. Our Week of Prayer issue is a logistical wonder that requires months of planning and preparation; and because Adventist World is on a completely different production schedule the Week of Prayer readings are likely to appear in Adventist Review for the foreseeable future.—Editors
Grateful to Be Included
Thanks to Sandra Blackmer for the wonderful feature article “Moving Hearts and Minds Upward
” (Sept. 13, 2012), which reported on the recent North American Division (NAD) teachers’ convention in Nashville. An important and unique aspect of this convention is that this was the first NAD education convention to include early childhood directors, educators, and administrators from across the division who are responsible for beginning our students on their Journey to Excellence.
On behalf of the 30 early childhood educators and directors who attended the convention from the North Pacific Union Conference (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Upper Columbia, and Washington), I extend a big thank you to the NAD Office of Education. Not only did it invite early childhood colleagues to the convention, it recognized their needs by offering more than 30 breakout sessions, as well as a general session just for early childhood development.
One early childhood attendee’s comments seemed to sum it up for us: “To walk into that massive auditorium and realize that I am not alone in my ministry to inspire children academically and spiritually, that I have more than 6,000 colleagues—brothers and sisters, was most thrilling. I came away feeling valued, empowered, rejuvenated, inspired, and part of ‘the team.’”
Yes, We Can
Many thanks for the editorial “Holy Disagreements” (Sept.13, 2012).
I am quite familiar with extremists on both sides of this issue, but it is always safe to stay on the side of caution when expressing our views on such a sensitive topic. . . .
Many thanks for the sensible article.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Holy Disagreements” was an excellent editorial!
Many church boards, committees, advisories, and nominating groups on all levels should read this text. Could it be that too many people are involved in the organizational body of our church?
I look forward to reading more of such editorials.
I very much appreciated the two articles about spiritual formation by Mark Finley, “Biblical Spirituality, Parts 1 and 2
” (Aug. 16 and 23, 2012). Thank you for taking a position on this practice.
However, I wondered why nothing was said about the situations where spiritual formation is practiced as a brain-washing, mind-control system that gives absolute obedience to one’s spiritual superior or mentor. It would seem to me that we should shy away from such terms as “rapture,” “spiritual formation,” and “original sin” in our theological discussions. They may represent something harmless with our fellow Adventists, but mean something entirely different to evangelical Christians.
--John E. Goley
Grand Junction, Colorado