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

In the Line of Duty
Regarding “Accident Kills John Lello in Papua New Guinea” (Dec. 27, 2012): Please pass along our deepest sympathy to Pam Lello and her children.

Papua New Guinea has a special place in the heart of the Knopper family, as my brother-in-law, Peter Knopper, died at the Homu Bible School in 1988 as the result of being shot.

Any loss in our South Pacific Division is a reminder of the great sacrifices made in spreading the love of Jesus to this dying world.

May God’s precious blessings be close to this little family that has been left to face this world without a husband and daddy.

--Corinne Knopper
Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia

Growing in Truth
Lael Caesar’s editorial, “Objective or Neutral?” (Nov. 22, 2012), makes a clear distinction between two very different realities.

The reality of human rationalization often causes many kinds of public leaders to straddle the fence on moral issues of Christian belief and practice. Unfortunately, we’ve come to expect this from our political leaders. Even neutrality on the part of religious leaders is often excused in the name of not offending “good people on the other side of an issue.”

The essential question is: “Is there anything like objective truth?” It’s interesting to note that our Adventist pioneers believed in “present truth”; so much so that the phrase was the actual name of our first journal. Apparently publishers James and Ellen White believed they should share their objective, biblical ideas with unabashed clarity.

With one essential proviso: it was objective truth for the “present.” They left the door open wide for future clarification of objective truth in what they knew as an “ongoing present.”

In this broken world objective reasoning will continue to refine the truth, and every disciple should be willing to go there. In this growing process, and in Christian humility, we must admit that we are all on a journey toward the totally objective, truthful mind of God.

--Warren Zork
Berrien Springs, Michigan

I always read and appreciate Andrew McChesney’s contributions. However, “The Best Way to Die” (Nov. 22, 2012) was especially applicable.

Thank you for the reminder that the real battle in our lives and souls is to die daily and let Jesus lead us through the day. It is the only way, plane crash or not.

--Ken Scofield
Redlands, California

I look forward to Andrew McChesney’s column. I have been to Moscow a few times, and I follow his experiences with interest. I appreciate his openness.

--Elizabeth Engblom
Yucaipa, California

Different Names, Same God
Characters That Mean It” by Marcos Paseggi (Nov. 22, 2012) is an interesting look at some well-known persons in the Bible.

Human nature hasn’t changed, and neither has God’s love for His people. We have the assurance that the God of Peter, Noah, Samson, David, and others is also our God. He knows what makes humans tick.

The same love, patience, and long-suffering are present today.

--Natalie Dodd
Centerville, Ohio

Then Sings My Soul” (Nov. 8, 2012) is a perfectly lovely excerpt from Ellen White’s writings. And Bill Knott’s sidebar is a timely reminder that her writings “are frequently passed by in the quest for newer content.” We should “dust off the volumes on our shelves; [and] browse the wealth of truth available.”

It would be a rich blessing to us all, if each issue of Adventist Review had at least one article from the inspired pen of God’s servant; “a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light” (Evangelism, p. 257), safeguarding God’s people against deceptions and delusions (see 1 Selected Messages, p. 48).

--Cliff Drieberg
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada

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