Reader Response

Reader Response

December 2, 2013

Alone, but Not Alone

“Married, but Alone on the Sabbath” (Nov. 21, 2013), Katherine Carey’s article about living with an unbelieving spouse, brought back vivid memories of my childhood. My mom, brother, and I felt a stigma because my father was not an Adventist and we children did not attend church school.

However, we were blessed to belong to a loving and inclusive congregation where we were made to feel as important to the church family as if there had not been a husband/father missing when we went to church and church events. Instead, those precious times were oases in our lives with an unbeliever who was also abusive.

I can say with certainty that I would not be an active member of the church today had it not been for the love, acceptance, and encouragement I received from the saints in the Grand Prairie, Texas, church.

Carey made an important point about compromise. There will necessarily be areas where the family of an unbeliever must compromise in order to make home as pleasant and peaceful as possible, and that means different things in each family, and for each member of the family. No one has the right to judge families that are forced to adapt to circumstances that are far from ideal. Instead, we should do all we can to make time at church a loving and accepting experience for the parent and each child who attends.

–Carla Baker
Laurel, Maryland

Celebrating the Past and the Future

Thank you for the excellent articles “1888: What happened? And why should you care 125 years later?” (Oct. 10, 2013) and “What on Earth Happened in 1844?” (Oct. 17, 2014); pertinent articles to help our people understand the history of the church and some of these important issues.

I also commend Kim Peckham for “Growing up with Guide” (Oct. 24, 2013). When I was elected as an associate Youth director of the General Conference in 1970, John Hancock gave me the Junior Ministry of our church, and I had the privilege to work with Pathfinders and camping. Lowell Litten and Penny Estes-Wheeler gave me free access to the magazine, and we were able to communicate with our young people. Quite often I still stumble across articles and stories that I hope inspired our young people to serve and love the Lord.

A lot of things have changed, but juniors are still eager to read good stories. Just recently I was contacted to reprint a story about seven dogs that happened to my wife’s grandfather! Congratulations, Guide and the new staff for the good job! As my wife said, “Guide is obviously a kind of child evangelism.” Let’s continue to lead our boys and girls to Jesus!

–Leo Ranzolin
Estero, Florida

I’ve just read the October 10, 2013, Adventist Review. I am deeply impressed. This edition is a solid balance, captures the essence of many opinions and perspectives (personal, theological, prophetic) on this topic, and is wonderfully closed by Lael Caesar’s warning against “disunity” in “The Genius of Disunity” as being a danger greater than heresy to the overriding theme of Christ Our Righteousness for current Seventh-day Adventist identity and mission.

Well done. I am humbled, and deeply appreciated both the breadth and brevity of scholarly/biblical counsel about current disunity over the themes of “final generation” theology, “universal legal justification,” and the “nature of Christ.”

I found my heart “strangely warmed” at the respectful prose that captured the various perspectives portrayed. Having studied most of the supportive references quoted by all the authors noted, and being acquainted with several personally, it is my conviction that this issue of the Review was blessed by the Holy Spirit from topic, design, execution, and now, through delivery.

May Jesus increase, and may we each decrease in our corporate pride; bending our ego as easily as the knee at this final moment when poised on eternity’s door.

–Jay Neil, Jr.
Via E-mail

Love the Upgrade!

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–A. O. Shaw
Takoma Park, Maryland