New From Pacific Press

August 12, 2015

Editor's Note: Periodically the Gleaner will feature reviews or summaries of recently published books from the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Following are the third set of featured books in the series.

Tongues of Fire

August 07, 2015 / Seth Pierce

This year the powerful planners of camp meeting called upon me to teach a class on the Holy Spirit. This subject fascinates me as a former Adventist preacher’s kid, turned Pentecostal, turned Adventist pastor. My background creates morbid fascination for a lot of Adventists who become titillated when they discovered I spoke in tongues during my time in a charismatic church. Their reaction is usually widened eyes, a nervous smile and a shifty gaze around the room before leaning in and asking me, “What was it like?”

After the Ordination Vote, What Now?

August 01, 2015 / Martin Weber

By the time you read this, the General Conference Session in San Antonio will be history, and world church delegates will have voted on perhaps the most explosive Adventist issue of our lifetime. I’m referring, of course, to the ordination of women — whether to allow our 13 global divisions to decide within their own territories what is best regarding women in ministry.

So now, one way or another, the decision is sealed. Where do we go from here?


July 24, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” — Mark Twain

Since my earliest days, music has gone straight to my heart. Operatic tenors and Scandinavian polkas, symphonies and synthesizers are thoroughly blended there with the decades-old Sabbath sounds of Del Delker, King’s Heralds and Take Three.


June 27, 2015 / Max Torkelsen

These letters are carved in the fireplace mantle at the home of the Hawaiian poet Don Blanding. They are the first letters in the words of a phrase he wanted to be reminded of daily: "Lord I Do Give Thee Thanks For The Abundance That Is Mine." He found it useful in focusing on gratitude, even when discouraging circumstances or overwhelming challenges confronted him. 

Saving Adventist Education in the 21st Century

June 27, 2015 / Martin Weber

Throughout the North Pacific Union, church schools and academies reopen their doors next month to serve our children and teens. But what about next year?

Adventist schools struggle financially — even many that model academic excellence. For various reasons, many congregations have fewer children to populate educational institutions. Some church schools and academies that once thrived are now on artificial life support.

How might we save them? Let’s talk first about what not to do.

Learning the Language

June 18, 2015 / Seth Pierce

I took German in high school, instead of Spanish, because I thought it would be funny. After all, saying “ambulancia” (“ambulance” in Spanish) is nowhere near as stimulating as crying out “krankenwagen!” A lot of other students had the same idea, and despite the protestations of Frau Jensen, our middle-aged, traditionally dressed teacher of all things Deutschland (German for “Germany”), we all played with the new language more than we put it to good use.


June 12, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

Imagine if you will a portrait of Paradise, with a white cottage in the midst of a green garden. A young boy plays outside in the sunshine. He is wearing pajamas.

New From Pacific Press

June 08, 2015

Editor's Note: Periodically the Gleaner will feature reviews or summaries of recently published books from the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Following are the second set of featured books in the series.

What About the Tares?

June 08, 2015 / Ken Crawford

Ever grown a vegetable garden without weeds? It’s never happened, for those noxious tares are a reality in our fallen world.

Jesus understood how eager we gardeners are to be rid of those noxious weeds. In fact, He realized how we’d all rather be picking tomatoes than pulling weeds, and so He told us a story with a lesson we never expected or should never forget. He also created a surprising conclusion that is especially important for the church today.