News for 2018

The Law

September 01, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Sin is choosing to go my way rather than God’s way.

Sin is living like I know better.

Sin is “me first.”

Sin is separation from God and His will.

Sin is a symptom of a broken relationship.

Sin is ignoring God’s advice.

Get the idea?

Review: 'End-Time Events and The Last Generation'

September 01, 2018 / Chuck Burkeen

One of the marks of a healthy organization is its ability to identify and address different viewpoints within its ranks. Author George Knight has made a career of documenting our denomination’s differing thoughts on theological matters and God’s leading as we process those diverse lines of thinking. His latest work, End-Time Events and The Last Generation: The Explosive 1950s, explores a topic that came to the forefront in the 1950s and is still a point of discussion and disagreement into the 21st century.

'I Didn't Want To Go'

August 29, 2018 / Phil White

While growing up during the height of the Cold War, I came to view Russia and Russians as the enemy.

When the Iron Curtain finally fell in 1991, I was serving as a pastor in the Washington Conference. The following year, a delegation of Russian Adventists came to the Northwest, and I was asked to host them at my church. Furthermore, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) had launched Operation Bearhug, and I had been invited to lead a six-week campaign.

Public Evangelism Is Alive and Well

August 28, 2018 / Bill McClendon

Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege to plant a new church in Tulsa, Okla. I freely admit we had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t just want to plant another church, but a church like we read about in the book of Acts. God had put it in our hearts to start a church that would be relentlessly focused on reaching people with the gospel. We decided if we were going to live that out, evangelism would have to be the primary activity of our church. Over the next 10 years, we did a lot of traditional public evangelism — somewhere around 50 evangelistic meetings.

Dysfunctional Self-Sufficiency

August 25, 2018 / Seth Pierce

Recently I watched a TED Talk during which organizational consultant Yves Morieux discusses the lack of positive change in organizations. In my estimation that includes churches. He suggests the root of our issues relate to “complicatedness.”

Reading Ellen White Isn't Bible Study

August 25, 2018 / Martin Weber

A newly baptized Adventist phoned our home, distraught about a Bible study promoted in her church’s bulletin. She brought her Bible but discovered they were studying Ellen White’s Early Writings.

“I love reading Ellen White,” she protested, “but this is supposed to be a Bible study!”

“It is a Bible study,” they insisted. “We focus on verses Sister White quotes — that ensures we are studying the most important Bible texts for Adventists.”

NPUC Affirms Strategic Priorities

August 23, 2018

North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members affirmed an updated union-wide strategic plan during their Aug. 22, 2018, meeting in Ridgefield, Wash. This plan also serves as a catalyst for a continuing emphasis on young adult engagement through the Growing Young cohort project.

With an overall mission to “reach all people within the North Pacific Union and the world with the distinctive, Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness,” the committee approved five strategic priorities and five core values.

The Giant Must Fall

July 18, 2018 / John Freedman

We all face giant, challenging issues sometime in our life. We face them personally and as families, as individual churches and as a worldwide movement, as citizens and as a country.