Charles W. Teel, Jr.

Some of my Adventist readers will be familiar with the name of Charles W. Teel, Jr. He’s a professor at La Sierra University (which was the La Sierra Campus of Loma Linda University during my time there in ’84-’85). I first got acquainted with Charles at midnight one night toward the end of my Freshman…

QOD

Andrews University will host a Questions on Doctrine 50th Anniversary Conference this October. Adventists leaders published the book (full title: Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine) in response to conversations with Donald G. Barnhouse and Walter Martin; these answers satisfied the evangelicals, but caused multiple controversies within Adventism. The book was republished in 2003, but…

Points of Reflection

A little dust has settled. So, let me lay out at least a few of the points that led me, after nine years and much success in a ministry that has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, to begin looking anew at Adventism. This is not a systematic review, nor is…

The New Job

Today I was introduced to the members of the Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church as their new associate pastor. The elders were told in advance, but no one else (hence my silence), so there was much surprise, but also much rejoicing. That this happened, and happened so quickly, surprised me, too. I was looking at…

The Journey Home

Update 10/16/07: I see that this old post has been getting a number of hits the last couple of days because of an Adventist Today link. For a fuller recounting of this story, see here. The motto of Fr. Junipero Serra, founder of the California missions, was, “Always go forward, never turn back.”That may have…

An Apology for Adventism

Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, reviewing a recent book on the Branch Davidians, calls on the Seventh-day Adventist Church to “acknowledge some responsibility on the part of their tradition for the developments” that led to the Waco conflagration. One matter that impressed me particularly as an evangelical reading Newport is his insistence that…

Anabaptism Gone Wild

Adventist Review looks at the problem of rebaptism. Not rebaptizing as adults those baptized as children (since the latter they don’t regard as an authentic baptism), but the rebaptism of those already baptized as adults, often for emotional reasons at the end of a revival–and frequently those being rebaptized are teens who were just baptized…

“The Greg” apologizes to Adventist scholar

Gianfranco Ghirlanda, the Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, has apologized to Samuele Bacchiocchi, a Seventh-day Adventist alumnus of that institution, following defamatory statements made by the General Secretary, Barbara Bergami. Details in his latest newsletter (scroll down). More details forthcoming. Bacchiocchi concludes: I would like to express my gratitude to Rector Ghirlanda for taking…

Divergent views

Liberal Seventh-day Adventist Johnny Ramirez, writing at the Spectrum Blog (associated with the liberal Association of Adventist Forums), is shocked at the “divergent views on the abortion debate” being advanced by “Amazing Facts,” a long established Adventist apologetics organization. They are speaking in “opposition to well respected Adventist perspectives,” he says. Now I find it…