Mark A. Finley

Mark Finley retired in 2010 as a general vice-president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists following nearly 40 years as a pastor, evangelist, and media ministry leader. He now serves as an editor-at-large for the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, and as an assistant to the General Conference president.

Transforming Apathy Into Passion

As a teenager I spent many summer days lazing around Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut. I loved sitting on the shore, gazing out over Long Island Sound, watching sailboats cutting through foam-capped waves.

There were times, though, when the wind stopped blowing and the sailboats just sat waiting for the next gust. Without wind there was no forward motion. The boats just bobbed back and forth, almost motionless.

Many churches I know are in the doldrums. They seem to be bobbing around motionless, not going anywhere. Some Christians are like that too. They haven’t given up their faith, but they’re no longer passionate about it. Apathy …

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