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Sabbath School for a New Generation

Among Seventh Day Adventists, Sabbath School is a time for discussion and learning. It is the belief of this site that Sabbath School should be an exciting venue for the discussion of new ideas, instead of rehashing old arguments. So welcome to a virtual Sabbath School, a Sabbath School for a new generation.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

General Conference News

Atoday is posting updates on GC happenings. One I particularly thought was worth highlighting is the description of Paulsen's keynote address.

With respect to the future, Paulsen expressed two primary concerns:

(1) The necessity for greater involvement of the youth (15-30), and

(2) A need for a broader sense of ownership of the church by members, that is by the laity.

Although such concerns are voiced so often they may sound like mere platitudes, Paulsen followed up with remarks that seemed striking.

This is one of those things that church leaders talk about, but they never seem to come up with solutions. However I found the following summary heartening.

While his personal commitment to the characteristic theology and eschatology of traditional Adventism is well-known, it appears he is attempting to lead the church to new self-understanding rooted more in a radical commitment to service and love as disciples to Christ in contrast to our historic self-definition as a people who are experts on prophetic theories.

You can only go so far "knowing the truth." What we all need is to have a relationship with God.


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