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Still on the Cutting Edge

December 01, 2002 / Jere Patzer

I had the recent privilege of meeting with some key Christian community leaders. They wanted to know what was happening in the Adventist Church. I told them about the new DVD initiative for reaching people with a knowledge of Jesus and His biblical truths.

After the meeting, one of the top executives of the Billy Graham organization was so impressed, he asked if I would share a copy with him. Of course, I did.

I Must Be Moving On

December 01, 2002

Some Adventists “stay put” longer than others. God doesn’t mind stability—of that I’m certain. My Prussian ancestors would still be in Germany today, but for Kaiser Frederik Wilhelm.

You see, those Lutheran Schwiesows (original spelling) were happy farmers, pacifists all. But one by one, as 10 brothers came of military age between 1835 and 1870, they bought tickets to America rather than add their sabres to the Kaiser’s sword-rattle. Permanence is good. But tides change and winds shift.

His Legacy Speaks Volumes

December 01, 2002

Often a person and a product become so intertwined that identity lines blur and we associate one automatically with the other.

For Seattle Mariner fans, it’s Edgar Martínez. For GLEANER readers in the past decade or so, it’s been Ed Schwisow.

We’ve been blessed by Ed’s commitment and journalistic skill. He is a consummate writer, a craftsman with words. I have never tired of watching him, as editor, breathe life into otherwise awkward phrases.

Wait a Minute . . . or More

December 01, 2002

“But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NRSV).

The Mission Field of Corporate America

December 01, 2002 / DeLona Bell

Her voice lacked its usual confidence. It was the end of the week, and I would have been happy if it had been a routine client request.

But as she talked, I could hear that something deeper was at stake. “Listen, DeLona,” the voice in my soul said. “She’s in a spiritual struggle.”

There I was, in one of the hundreds of moments of decision we all face every day. Would I respond to the prompting of the Spirit? Or would my own focus for the day prohibit me from listening—really listening—to a colleague who was deeply troubled?

A Call for Thoughtfulness

November 01, 2002 / Jere Patzer

Some years ago in the Upper Columbia Conference, a youth group decided to test the friendliness of Adventist churches.

So one Sabbath, they dressed up like street kids— “punks”—and their adult sponsors drove them to some Adventist churches in the area.

Unannounced, they walked in. Without too severely taxing your imagination, you can guess that their receptions could have been better.

Inner Office Memo

November 01, 2002

Inner Office Memo

Date: September 18, 2002

To: All company employees

From: The CEO

Subject: Business strategy for increasing company effectiveness

Priority: Urgent

Message:

Touching Lives Changing Destinies

October 01, 2002 / Jere Patzer

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference—a smile from a stranger, a whispered prayer, or an unexpected kindness. Often it’s a series of small events that changes the world, not one monumental effort. And undoubtedly it’s people that make institutions great, not bricks and mortar.

For nearly 20 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to serve on Adventist Health’s Board of Directors, and throughout my tenure I’ve witnessed countless little things that, added up, have melted hearts, touched lives, and changed destinies.

Diggin’ Dirt

October 01, 2002

A big chunk of the Adventist health message centers on what we eat. That’s why I’m always interested in articles like the one in the Seattle Times that described an eating addiction of a woman in Mississippi.

According to the report, “Once Johnson tried hard to kick the habit. She took up smoking. She began eating laundry starch as a substitute. But the old craving still lingered.”

Her addiction? Dirt. Yep, that’s right, dirt.

Everything We Really Need to Know

September 01, 2002

I never made it to Kindergarten. So, on sweaty-palm-Tuesday, I yanked on my itchy new clothes and entered school—cold turkey.

I played a lot of catch-up that first year and learned a lot about the Christian life. But where I really got my baptism in what the Christian life is all about came the next year when we went to South America as missionaries.

Jesús and Dr. Seuss