2023 ATS Fall Symposium and Annual Meeting
You won’t want to miss the 2023 ATS Annual Meeting that will be held in San Antonio, Texas, the week of November 14-19. The theme will be “Theological Anthropology.” “From Tuesday-Thursday, we will meet in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) meetings at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt and the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio,” says Rahel Wells, ATS president. “On Friday night and Sabbath, we’ll join together for worship and celebration. The annual business meeting will take place on Saturday night.”
Watch for further details on location and times.
Registration for the ETS meetings is available here. https://www.etsjets.org/registration_landing
Hotel reservations can be made by visiting this site. https://www.etsjets.org/hotel_information
ATS MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Glanz Receives Siegfried H. Horn Award
Oliver Glanz, an Old Testament professor at Andrews University, received the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award. The award was presented during the 17th Seminary Scholarship Symposium's Scholarship Recognition Assembly.
Written Tribute https://www.andrews.edu/agenda/62413
Reaching Unreached People
The I Will Go cycling team, including ATS member Anthony Kent, traveled to the Shetland Islands to launch a mission initiative. Currently, no Seventh-day Adventists are residing on the island. Kent presented meetings on “The Evidence for the Bible” and “The Evidence for Christianity” in the village of Lerwick.
Pathfinder Clubs Receive Andrews Bible Commentary
Pathfinder Clubs across the North American Division (NAD) can be exposed to writings by Adventist scholars, including many Adventist Theological Society members. Clubs who reached the NAD finals of the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) were gifted sets of the Andrews Bible Commentary. Rahel Wells, ATS president, and PBE coach, made the announcement during the event. https://adventistreview.org/release/bible-experience-finalists-gifted-with-andrews-bible-commentary/
ATS Member Is New Associate Editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World Magazines
Following a vote of the Executive Committee of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, ATS member John C. Peckham joins the staff at Adventist Review and Adventist World.
ATS MEMBERS ARE SPEAKING
Creation Celebration Held
The High Point Chinese Church in Apison, Tennessee, held a “Creation Celebration” on the Southern Adventist University Campus. Topics examined creation from the aspects of theology, science, biology, geology, physics, psychology, AI/tech, math, health, economics, astronomy, philosophy, and ethics. ATS member Ben Clausen spoke several times during the weekend. Two of his presentations can be found at these links.
2022 ATS Annual Meeting Presentations Available
Several presentations from the 2022 ATS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, have recently been added to the ATS YouTube channel.
- “The Holy Spirit or a Good Gift? A Textual and Redactional Reading of Luke 11:13”—Jonathan A. Campbell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oOccAAk2ss
- “Priestly Christology and Holiness: The Priesthood of Christ and the Sanctification of Believers”— Adriani Milli Rodrigues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFRY0yA_eH8
- “Righteousness and Holy Name in the Gog Oracle”—Kenneth Bergland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfelITZG3so
- “What Is Man? Holiness and the Holy One in the Psalter”—Jerome Skinner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgpfjzrrid8
- “A Dialogue Between John Wesley's and Ellen White's Soteriology”—Elmer Guzman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX9eeLJDd_Y
- “War as Worship: Hollow Form of Holiness”—Oliver Glanz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZlHWCqFYJo
- “Which Ritual Abstentions Have Continuity Across Salvation History?”—David Hamstra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-CoI4XO4ZI
- “Ritual and the Effects of Sin in Ancient Israel”—Eric Ellison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQGF6try2kE&t=5s
ATS MEMBERS IN PRINT
In his article “Is the Earth Special—Planetary Habitability and Genesis 1,” Ronny Nalin discusses how the exploration of exoplanets. These explorations have helped astrobiologists conclude that “habitability is not a function of a single variable but lies at the intersection of multiple factors, all of which must be present for a planet to be habitable.”
Nalin then explores whether Earth is unique and how Genesis 1 shows an “understanding of the connection between environmental prerequisites for life (i.e., habitability) and life itself.” (Earth picture)
In “What Do You See,” Gerald Klingbeil reminds us that everything we see may not be as it seems.
Denis Kaiser discusses how to introduce people to the writings of Ellen White and provides practical suggestions
on where to begin and reading books by groupings in “How to Read Ellen White’s Writings Today.”
What do we do when life careens through “Unexpected Twists”? Clifford Goldstein suggests that focus, surrender, and claiming promises help us endure. https://adventistreview.org/cliffs-edge/unexpected-twists/
Jeff Scoggins writes that “we are surrounded by counterfeits” in “One Conspiracy Theory Adventists Can Support.” He suggests five steps to identify truth from error.
Shawn Brace writes about digging deeper into who Christ is and His love in his article, “The Soul's Contemplation and the ‘Unread’ Books.”
Brace believes that “we could turn the world upside down by doing this.”https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/the-souls-contemplation-and-the-unread-books/
God utilizes all types of methods to indicate His leading. In “When the Cloud Moves,” Gerald Klingbeil reflects on the pillars of clouds and fire and how we can watch for them in our lives. And then, when we see them, we must be ready to move. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/when-the-cloud-moves/
Life as a missionary in the early 1900s could be challenging. Michael Campbell’s inspiring story, “Missionaries to China: The Untold Story of Bertha and Arthur Selmon,” tells of their dedication despite language barriers, cultural challenges, political unrest, and more. https://dialogue.adventist.org/3712/pioneer-medical-missionaries-to-china
Although we may sometimes wonder about God’s hiddenness, Gerald Klingbeil writes that this should draw us into Him more closely in “The Eclipsed God.”
ATS MEMBERS ARE PODCASTING
Ministry Magazine, International Journal for Pastors
Our Currency-Influence — Roy E. Gane
Today’s society is filled with influencers who build their reputation on being the expert of any given topic. They want to sway those who are in their target audience. Are you a a Jesus influencer?
What can we learn about influence from scripture? What can we learn about influence from Solomon? Five tips for expanding your Christian influence.
Social Media—Friend or Foe? — Jeff Scoggins
Social media can be a friend or a foe, depending on how one uses it or is used by it. A few suggestions for helping mitigate negative factors and increase positive aspects of a pastor’s social media presence.
Can Christians Use TikTok for Evangelism? — Damian Chambers
What is TikTok? What are some problems associated with the rise and dominance of TikTok video culture? What are some practical tips for evangelism on TikTok and similar platforms?
Ruled by a Clear Conscience — Robert Osei-Bonsu
In the face of relentless bombardment by countless views and opinions, are our consciences guided by Scripture or individual preference?
Pulpits of Hope: Fulfilling God’s Mission — Robert Costa and Mark Finley
Learn the five keys to successful evangelism.
What Is New in the New Covenant? — Jiří Moskala
What was the old covenant? What went wrong? What is the new covenant?
The Spiritual Life of the Pastor — Frank M. Hasel
Pastors have a significant influence on the theological and spiritual future of the church.
Learn and understand how a pastor's spiritual life can be rewarding and challenging.
Upholding Scripture in Times of Ethical Relativism — Elias Brasil de Souza
Learn the nature and purpose of the Bible!
Hope That Does Not Disappoint — Mark Finley
Exploring Christ's eternal hope in a world of hopelessness and despair.
Three Signs of the Times — René Gehring
Are the current catastrophes of the world a sign of Jesus’ imminent second coming? What are three real signs of Jesus' second coming?
Learn more about Adventist history with Greg Howell and Michael Campbell.
This is NOT What We Believe: A Response to Cultish Part 3
Hosts Dr. Michael Campbell and Greg Howell invited Dr. Jud Lake (The Ellen White Podcast) and Matthew Lucio (Adventist History Podcast) to respond to more statements that ex-Adventists on the Cultish podcast made about Seventh-day Adventists:
Were early Adventists anti-Trinitarian?
Did Ellen White know theology?
Do Adventists believe that Christ's atonement was completed on the Cross?
Do Adventists believe that God has a body?
A Monumental Discussion
What do historians think about Confederate statues or street names honoring people with a racist past? Dr. Michael Campbell attended the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH) meeting at Southern Adventist University to sit down with fellow historians Dr. Joan Francis, Dr. Phil Warfield (abd), and Dr. Kevin Burton (abd) to react to a lecture by Dr. Eric Anderson on campus during ASDAH. Should we honor people with statues and street names who made racist comments? What is a positive way forward for Adventist institutions that have a similar past?
Hearts of History: A Conversation With David Trim
Michael and Greg sit down with Dr. David Trim, director of Adventist Archives, Statistics, and Research at the General Conference, to talk about Adventist history and some of his recent books.
Adventist History Podcast
The Adventist History Podcast is a monthly podcast telling a story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted by Matthew J. Lucio.
Signs of the Times
Host Matthew J. Lucio talks about how nagging questions about Ellen White and other issues led to the rise of “Neo-Adventism”—and a GC president determined to stop it.
How did the Seventh-day Adventist Church handle the Vietnam War? How did it affect Adventist servicemen and women? How did it impact missionaries? Were there any protests on Adventist campuses in America? Matthew answers all these questions and still manages to talk about piña coladas.
By the time the church really got a handle on Robert Brinsmead, he had switched sides, causing more frustration for church leaders who would rather be rid of him. They found themselves forced to take up one of Brinsmead's major topics, righteousness by faith, and present their own understanding of what righteousness by faith is in a special issue of the Review in 1974.
The late 1950s-1960s saw an incredible growth of interest in science. Those years also saw a second wave of interest in what became known as “creation science”—the attempt to situate fiat creation on a scientific basis. As with the first wave circa 1920, Adventists were a big part of it.
Several Adventists were sent to prestigious universities to pursue high degrees and engage in the work of creation science. The Geoscience Research Institute was born. But just as a renewed interest in science elevated Adventist scientists, so a renewed interest in purging “liberalism” forced some of them into exile.
BEAST AND BIBLE
The Biblical Slasher Part 1: Exploring Judges 19 with Dr. Rahel Wells and Dr. Brandon Grafius, Part 1
Dr. Seth Pierce speaks with two scholars about an early slasher story...and it's in the Bible. Dr. Rahel Wells and Dr. Brandon Grafius share their takes on the woman's tragic story in Judges 19.
The Biblical Slasher Part 2
State of the Dead Part 1: Exhuming the Adventist/Spiritualist Discussion With Dr. Michael Campbell and Greg Howell
Dr. Pierce talks with Dr. Michael Campbell and Greg Howell about the 19th and 20th-century American spiritualist movements and how this raised an essential question for Seventh-day Adventists: what happens when you die? This is Part 1.
State of the Dead Part 2
The Ellen White Podcast
Join Jud Lake of Southern Adventist University in exploring the life and legacy of Ellen G. White.
Ellen White Is Not a Cow
This is the second episode in a new miniseries, in which Michael, Greg, Matthew, and Jud Lake team up again to discuss some new episodes from the popular podcast Cultish which made some serious criticism of Adventism. Specifically, did Adventists deceive Walter Martin in the 1950s? Did James White marry Ellen White because he could monetize her visions.
Ellen White and Time Management
What does Ellen White have to say about time management? Dr. Jud Lake highlights some surprising insights.
Did Ellen White Believe in Assurance?
Dr. Jud Lake shows us that Ellen White believed we can have confidence in our salvation, contrary to what some critics believe.
Is Ellen White an Infallible Interpreter of Scripture?
Dr. Jud Lake responds again to the Cultish podcast's claims that Adventists only interpret the Bible through Ellen White.
The Physicality of God
Dr. Jud Lake's final response to the Cultish podcast's claims that Adventists believe that God has a body.
More Than a Book — Anthony R. Kent
What makes the Bible so astonishing yet so believable?
How Is Your Courage? — Joseph Kidder and Boris Reyes
Finding God's peace amid a chaotic and noisy world. Looking at Elijah's experience of God's peace and power.
Dealing With Conspiracy Theories — Frank M. Hasel
How Does a Conspiracy Differ from a Conspiracy Theory? Why are some Christians susceptible to conspiracy theories?
Sharing the Three Angels’ Messages — Ekkehardt Mueller
Seven things to keep in mind when sharing the Three Angels Messages.
The Son of Encouragement, Part 1 — Anthony R. Kent
There is so much more to Barnabas than just a traveling companion of Paul! Who was Barnabas, and what was his role?
SABBATH SCHOOL RESCUE
Join the “Campbell-Swoopes” team as they discuss the weekly Sabbath School lesson.
Jesus Wins — Satan Loses‑There is a war playing out. What is the broad picture of the two sides?
A Moment of Destiny–A discussion of the hope of the Second Coming and what Revelation says about it.
The Everlasting Gospel — What does the First Angel have to say, and why must we proclaim it?
Fear God and Give Glory to Him — What exactly is the patience of the saints? How do we have the faith of Jesus?
The Good News of the Judgement — Why do we “Fear God and give glory to Him”? Is there joy in fearing God?
The Hour of His Judgement — What does the 2300-day prophecy mean in 2023?
Worshiping the Creator — God is worthy of our praise and worship.
The Sabbath and the End — Finding Sabbath in the Book of Revelation.
A City Called Confusion
Reflexionando sobre Dios para reflejar a Dios. Un diálogo informal sobre temas teológicos, buscando cómo aplicarlos en los problemas y situaciones actuales de la vida. Alojado por Gerardo Oudri. https://bit.ly/3OV1CLC
“Amar Como Dios” con Dr. Henry Barrios — En este episodio el Dr. Henry Barrios desarrolla cuatro aspectos del amor de Dios que sirven como modelo de amor entre nosotros. https://bit.ly/3J0AqXT
“Ministerio de Compasio” con Pr. Jose Cortes Jr. — En este episodio hablamos con el Pr. Jose Cortes Jr. del ministerio de la compasion, central en todo discipulo de Jesus. https://bit.ly/3P17RNZ
“Profundizando en la Gracia Divina” con Dr. Abner Hernandez — En este episodio el Dr. Abner Hernandez comparte aspectos imporantes sobre el concepto teologico de la gracia divina. https://bit.ly/3NhnFL6
“Adoracion Cristiana” con Pra. Adriana Perera — En este episodio dialogamos con la Pra. Adriana Perera acerca de principios biblicos de la adoracion cristiana. https://bit.ly/3qyo5E7
“Hebreos: Una Carta Para Hoy” con Dr. Felix Cortez — En este episodio el Dr. Felix Cortez expone varias ensenanzas interesantes extraidas de la carta a los Hebreos. https://bit.ly/3OYIE6I
“El Santuario y la Vida Cristiana” con Pr. Samuel Pagan — En este episodio exploramos algunos de los puntos mas imporantes de la doctrina del santuario con el Pr. Samuel Pagan. https://bit.ly/3oHYNmA
“Aprendiendo de la Iglesia Temprana” con Dr. Ruben Munoz Larrondo — En este episodio el Dr. Ruben Munoz Larrondo extrae lecciones importantes y releveantes para hoy de la iglesia cristiana temprana https://bit.ly/3WU9BdO
ATS MEMBERS ON SCREEN
Derek Morris discusses the mission and focus of Hope Channel International—Evangelism https://bit.ly/43pCUHN
Alberto Timm discusses the importance of understanding Bible doctrine to have a solid relationship with God. https://bit.ly/3quNWg8
28 Fundamental Beliefs
This new video series hosted by Frank Hasel features dialogues with Adventist theologians as they discuss the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Understanding the reasoning and history behind these beliefs is crucial for developing a firm foundation for faith.
Understanding Bible Truths: The Preamble
ATS Members Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and their guest, Dr. David Trim, explore the preamble that sets the foundation for the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Adventist Church. Together, they work to answer key questions many ask about Adventist beliefs. https://bit.ly/3OWrLK3
Understanding Bible Truths: The Holy Scriptures
Can we trust the Scriptures? What’s the difference between the Bible being divinely inspired or divinely revealed? These questions are answered in this first episode exploring the first Adventist belief: The Holy Scriptures. Follow along with Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and guest John Peckham as they discuss some of the most common questions about this first Adventist belief, which is a foundation for the rest of the Adventist beliefs. https://bit.ly/3P05ZVD
This Week in History
ATS members Michael Younker and David Trim regularly provide insightful historical tidbits of Adventist History on the YouTube channel, Adventist Archives.
Learn about Leroy Nicola, who served as General Conference Secretary from March 7, 1893, to February 19, 1897, and about the incorporation of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906. https://bit.ly/3NgXXq1
In this episode, learn about mission milestones from this week in Adventist history. https://bit.ly/3NfeqeC
Who was Hubert L. Tolhurst? https://bit.ly/3J0EffS
Dr. Everet Witzel gave a life of service, and his labors laid some of the groundwork for the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. https://bit.ly/43IXWkg
Hear stories from around the world that happened during this week in Adventist history. https://bit.ly/3ChQYXO
Learn about the life of C. L. Torrey, an Adventist administrator and missionary. https://bit.ly/3qlCJ1h
What do you know about Heman Gurney, an early Sabbatarian Adventist? https://bit.ly/43s68p8
Mission 150 tells the exciting story of the 150 years of Adventist Mission to the world. Each week, the podcast explores the past and the present of the Adventist missionary enterprise. Co-hosted by ATS member David Trim and Sam Neves, this series will both challenge and inspire you about being part of the mission of the Seventh-Day Adventist church.
“Reluctance” Even before the Seventh-day Adventist denomination was founded in 1863, seventh-day Sabbath-keeping adventists had begun to ask whether they should be conducting mission outside North America. This first episode of Mission 150 explores the early discussions about overseas mission and reveals surprising facts about how most early leaders of Seventh-day Adventists had very limited ideas about mission. https://bit.ly/3MV7xhd
Taking on Mission to Europe In episode 1 of Mission 150, we explained that Seventh-day Adventists initially were very cautious about mission beyond North America. This episode explores how and why that changed, and the young movement’s move to finally embrace the idea of mission to all the world. https://bit.ly/3MV7xhd
Hannah More: The Forgotten Missionary, Part 1 Did you know that there was an Adventist missionary in Africa before the Church sent John N. Andrews to Europe? Find out more on this episode of Mission 150 which recounts the early life of the remarkable Hannah More. https://bit.ly/43OxVjq
Hannah More: The Forgotten Missionary, Part 2 Hannah More was the first Seventh-day Adventist in Africa. But what happened to her after her time as a missionary? This episode looks at what happened to her after she returned to the United States and her tragic death. It explains why someone with her skills and experience was not made use of by the young Seventh-day Adventist denomination, and why Ellen White wished she had been able to help with the expansion of Adventist mission. https://bit.ly/3oO6Yh9
John N. Andrews: The Church’s First Missionary John Nevins Andrews was the person the Seventh-day Adventist Church sent as its first overseas missionary. But who was he? This episode explores the life of John N. Andrews up to the point when the Church took the major decision to send him. It considers his background, family, and the skillset he brought to being the Church's first missionary. https://bit.ly/3IYsLt6
The Sending of John N. Andrews to Europe In 1874, John Nevins Andrews and his two children, Charles and Mary, travelled from the United States to Switzerland, the first missionaries sent by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This episode explores the situation John found when he arrived in Switzerland, the difficulties he faced in confronting new cultures, his work to establish the first cross-cultural mission in Adventist history, and how both Mary and he came to die. It ends by considering Andrews's legacy. https://bit.ly/3ClCoOM
Mission After Andrews: The First Decade While Mission 150 marks 150 years since John N. Andrews and his family went as missionaries to Europe in 1874, other missionaries soon followed them. This episode considers the successors to Andrews and those who worked as his colleagues, especially John Matteson, John Loughborough, and Ludwig Conradi. https://bit.ly/43qa7T7
Opening the Mission in Australia In 1885, a large party of Adventist missionaries travelled from the United States to Australia. This episode tells the stories of that first group of missionaries and the early years of the Adventist mission in Australia and the South Pacific. https://bit.ly/3MTlxI8
Abram LaRue, First Missionary to China Starting in 1902, the Seventh-day Adventist Church committed to mission to China in a substantial way, sending large numbers of missionaries and committing sizeable funds to China. This episode considers some of the early missionaries, the strategies the church used, and why the early history of mission in China is worth remembering today. ATS member Michael Campbell joins the show’s co-hosts to explore LaRue’s mission. https://bit.ly/3qwxU5u
Early Mission Days in China This episode tells the remarkable story of Abram La Rue, self-supporting missionary first to Hawaii and then to Hong Kong - the first Adventist missionary to Asia. A simple man, but one of incredible faith, his example is an inspiring one for Seventh-day Adventists today. ATS member Michael Campbell joins the shows co-hosts to explore LaRue’s journey. https://bit.ly/42CNqKj
ATS MEMBERS ARE PUBLISHING BOOKS
D.J. B. Trim presents a concise history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in China in Adventist Mission in China in Historical Perspective. The book covers significant events at administrative and institutional levels in the burgeoning Far East. Other highlights include the contributions of leaders and a history of the work in this field of ministry. https://bit.ly/ChinaHistorical
ATS members Elias Brasil de Souza, Tarsee Li, and Joaquim Azevedo Neto contribute to the new SDA International Bible Commentary. Their work in Volume 4 covers 1st and 2nd Kings and 1st and 2nd Chronicles. https://bit.ly/4thSDACommentary
“We aim at nothing less than the whole world”: The Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s Missionary Enterprise and the General Conference Secretariat, 1863-2019 By Dr. D. J. B. Trim, Dr. M. F. Younker.
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to take the gospel to the world. Trim and Younker’s book tells stories of missionaries and the undertaking to organize a church and a global mission outreach. https://amzn.to/3q3fdWF
The Sabbath in the New Testament and in Theology: Implications for Christians in the Twenty-First Century shares the important Christological dimension to the Sabbath concept found in the Old Testament—relevant to everyone, but especially to Christians. ATS members who contributed chapters in the book include P. Richard Choi, Jo Ann Davidson, Erhard H. Gallos, Robert M, Johnston, Larry Lichtenwalter, Kim Papaioannou, Jon Paulien, Laurentiu Mot, Eike Müller, Ekkehardt Mueller, Wilson Paroschi, Thomas Shepherd, Ranko Stefanovic, Alberto Timm, Clinton Wahlen. https://bit.ly/3J18ZNY
The Archaeology and Cultural Study Bible is a collaboration of more than 80 Adventist theologians and archaeologists worldwide. The Bible has around 700 peer-reviewed articles, access to 130 videos, hundreds of photos, maps, and charts. ATS members provided major contributions to this volume.
Among the main writers were Christie Chadwick, Efraín Velázquez, Luiz Gustavo Assis, and Michael Hasel.
Writers included ATS members Amanda McGuire, Barna Magyarosi, Clinton Wahlen, Constance Gane, David Merling, Ekkehardt Mueller, Elías Brasil de Souza, Félix H. Cortez, Falvio Prestes Neto, Patrick Mazani, Gerald Klingbeil, Gerhard Pfandl, Jacques Doukhan, Jan Sigvartsen, Jiří Moskala, Joaquim Azevedo Neto, John Reeve, Keldie Paroschi, Lael Caesar, Martin Klingbeil, Ranko Stefanovic, Richard Choi, Robert M. Johnston, Roy Gane, Ruben Aguilar Santos, Sarah Gane, Sergio Enrique Becerra, Tom Shepherd, Trisha Eulene Broy, and Wilson Paroschi.
The associate editors included Christie Chadwick, Efraín Velázquez, Luiz Gustavo Assis, and Patrick Mazani. The theological review was overseen by Clinton Wahlen. https://adventistbookcenter.com/archaeology-and-cultural-background-study-bible-leather-blue.html