Recent books authored or edited by Andrews University Faculty
Against the chatter of pop psychology and the latest list of must-have motivational habits, twenty Bible scholars and ministry professionals thoughtfully grapple with what the Scriptures, in their totality, actually have to teach us about the essence of true leadership. In Servants and Friends, Skip Bell and his team examine and correlate the breadth of evidence in the Old and New Testaments. They trace the nature of God's intent, and bring it all together in a fresh and challenging theological understanding that may radically alter what we have thought leadership really is.
Russell C. Burrill
Whether you've preached hundreds of evangelistic sermons or you're preparing for your first, you'll find Adventist Evangelistic Preaching invaluable in making your presentations more persuasive, practical, and effective. In this book, Russell Burrill, veteran soul winner and evangelist, lays out the lessons he has learned over decades of evangelistic preaching and leads the reader, step by step, through every aspect of the evangelistic process from sermon preparation to calling for decisions.
Jacques B. Doukhan
The schism between Israel and the Christian Church is rooted in the most profound reality in history.
When Jesus said that He was the Messiah, was His contention not to have consequences in a land occupied by Roman legions since 66 B. C.? In a land where leaders of resistance movements had regularly been proclaimed king and Messiah by their troops? Alas, messianic adventures were not uncommon in those times! Many of them ended in atrocious massacres.
Drinking at the Sources separates historical fact from fiction in an attempt to discover what was responsible for the hatred between early Christians and Jews that carries on to this day. It seeks to identify, from each side’s viewpoint, the decisive factors and arguments both sides have used in constructing seemingly insurmountable walls.
Denis Fortin and Jerry Moon
This masterwork brings together hundreds of articles that describe the people and events in the life of Ellen White, as well as her stand on numerous topics. Everything from the hymns Ellen White loved to the homes she lived in are covered in heavily referenced articles. You’ll find a detailed chronology of her life and extensive articles on her ministry, her theology, and her statements in the light of advancing scientific knowledge. Whether you’re preparing a sermon, teaching a class, or finding answers to personal questions, this single resource has the answers you need.
H. Thomas Goodwin
"How do we account for the strange, extinct creatures of long ago in light of the biblical creation narratives? What do the fossils tell us about God's work of creation? Questions such as these encourage us to explore the ways that Adventist beliefs and biological knowledge inform, interact, and sometimes challenge each other, and that is the task of this book."
Thus states H. Thomas Goodwin in this fourth volume of the Faith and Learning series, co-sponsored by the Center for College Faith at Andrews University and the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Contributing authors examine a variety of evidence, addressing issues of biology in light of a biblical worldview. This book invites readers to explore the connections between scientific investigation and the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Authors go beyond the creation-evolution debate to interact with such subjects as the fossil record, ecology and stewardship, the biology of human nature, and the human genome.
Kenley D. Hall and S. Joseph Kidder
Twenty-three participants invested three days in October 2012 to brainstorm as a think tank on the topic of keeping and reclaiming youth in the Seventh-day Adventist church. The group was composed of pastors, researchers, practitioners, and academics.
Three subtopics quickly emerged in the discussions. The first one dealt with why 50% of youth and young adults are leaving the church. Second, the groups dealt with how to keep them in the church. The final topic was how to reclaim those who left.
This book includes papers and resources featured at the conference:
- The Youth Speak: Research papers dealing with why some youth and young adults leave the church and some stay, and how to attract more of them to come back.
- The Church Responds: Case studies of churches that are attracting youth and young adults back to the church. This section includes several reflection papers on specific churches that are successfully reaching the younger generation.
- Appendices: Papers dealing with Church of Refuge, an association of churches devoted to actively keeping youth and bringing back those who have left.
Among the 10 papers included in this book, you will find powerful ministry ideas presented by Roger Dudley, Barry Gane, Ron Whitehead and Jeff Boyd, and more. Topics include building a church that retains its young adults, how to attract young adults to the church, and creating a culture of acceptance.
Music and Worship in Africa: Adventists' Dialogue from Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives
Sampson M. Nwaomah, Robert Osier-Bonsu, and Kelvin Okey Onongha
John C. Peckham
The Concept of Divine Love in the Context of the God-World Relationship addresses the significant and far-reaching theological conflict over the nature of God’s love, which is deeply rooted in broader conflicts regarding divine ontology and the nature of the God-world relationship. After engaging the traditional historical theology of love and recent exemplars of competing and influential conceptions of divine love, John C. Peckham seeks an alternative to the impasse by an extensive inductive investigation of the entire biblical canon in accordance with a final-form canonical approach to systematic theology, offering an alternative model of divine love that draws on the richness of the biblical text as canon and holds considerable implications for the God-world relationship.
Beyond Beliefs: What Millenial Young Adults Really Think of the 28 Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Paul B. Petersen, Jan A. Sigvartsen, and Leanne M. Sigvartsen
Significant effort, financial resources, and study have been given to retaining Millennial youth within church denominations, however, most of these studies have focused merely on attitudes towards sociocultural and general religious topics. Very few denominations have specifically investigated how young adult members feel about the official beliefs or doctrines of their church organization, or if they even know what they are. This is understandable given the potential answers young adults may provide and that it is often difficult for religious denominations to change their official beliefs. The Beyond Beliefs study is a major research project that wishes to identify how young adults really feel about each and every one of the 28 Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as a range of other sociocultural issues related to their faith. This denomination has 28 beliefs that are shared by many other Christian faiths making this research relevant not only to Seventh-day Adventists, but also a range of other denominations. The Beyond Beliefs study wanted to specifically determine if young adults like or dislike these beliefs, if they believe they are important or not important, and if they feel these beliefs are relevant or irrelevant. It identified multiple themes for each belief that resonated with Millennial young adults and determined areas where the belief was succeeding and where it could be strengthened. This is a book no minister, parent, grandparent, or educator of Millennial young adults should be without.
Terry Dwain Robertson and Nancy Jean Vyhmeister
This updated third edition of Quality Research Papers—fast becoming a standard reference textbook for writing research papers in the fields of religion and theology—gives improvements and added material for such things as the expanding field of online research and doing church-related research in a professional manner.
Because so many new developments have taken place in the field of research, especially in terms of electronic research, this handy reference explores the ways to do research on the internet, including how to document such research.
Quality Research Papers offers great opportunities to students today, especially in distant learning situations, to determine which resources can be used and which should be rejected. For this reason Nancy Vyhmeister brought in Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian at Andrews University and professor of the seminary master’s level research courses. His expertise in library, computers, and the Internet are invaluable to the book.
In addition to substantial, current information on electronic resources and online research, this third edition preserves all of the features of the original editions, now presented in a newly revised, more logical order.
David Sedlacek and Beverly Sedlacek
Struggling to pluck the sin from your life but having trouble conquering your past? Biblical counseling is a resource for Christians who need help locating the sin in their lives and cutting it out. David and Beverly Sedlacek offer the truths they have learned through years of clinical practice in this comprehensive guide to Cleansing the Sanctuary of the Heart. This book is a distillation of the biblical principles the Sedlaceks have used to heal others who have sought counseling for addictions, mental and emotional disorders, relationship problems, and abuse.
On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church: A Statement of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
We, the faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, affirm that Christ is the only Head of the Church (Eph 1:22; 5:23; Col 1:18). Therefore, while there exists legitimate leadership in the Church, no other human being may rightfully claim a headship role in the Church. As Head of the Church, Christ provides the ultimate manifestation of God’s love (Eph 5:23, 25), demonstrating and vindicating God’s moral government of love (Rom 3:4, 25-26 5:8), and thus defeating the counterfeit government of the usurping “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 16:11; cf. DA 758; 2T 2:211).
Brian E. Strayer
"The Pharisees showed off their goodness by praying in synonyms" . . . "The fourteenth century was an unpleasant era to be alive in, much less dead in" . . . "The Vaccuum is a large empty space where the popes live in Rome" . . .
This is the history you never learned in school (or maybe you did).
Art Linkletter once noted that small children often mix fantasy and reality, making their views of everyday life wildly askew. But when the Baby Boomers and Generation Xers entered college, they were still mixing fantasy and reality, as their history and English essays demonstrated in a fractured, fictionalized, hilarious interpretation of events.
Here are gems uncut and unpolished, straight from the pens of freshmen and sophomores trying desperately to make some sense out of the past. If these bloopers prove nothing else, they demonstrate that Art Linkletter's "little kids" still say "the darndest things" when faced with college history exams . . .
M-139 Corridor Improvement Plan: Enabling a Strong, Place-based Vision for Berrien Springs & Oronoko Charter Township, MI
The 2014 Urban Design Studio, Andrew C. von Maur, and Troy Homenchuk
This corridor plan was jointly commissioned by the Village of Berrien Springs and Oronoko Charter Township in response to the 2013 findings of the M-139 Corridor Improvement Taskforce. The twelve appointed members of this taskforce included Village and Township officials as well as a range of private property owners and citizens.
In anticipation of expanded water and sewer service, a major indoor equestrian arena, and various private and university development prospects, the taskforce identified the following challenges and opportunities that deserve attention and planning:
• Existing zoning along the corridor creates unnecessary burdens due to non-conforming uses and structures.
• The Village and Township zoning is “mismatched” and does not present a unified vision.
• Existing zoning is unlikely to support the vision set out in the 2007 Master Land Use Plan for Berrien Springs or the vision set out by the 2010 Master Plan for Oronoko Charter Township.
• Existing zoning predetermines land use and is not very flexible for changing markets.
• Existing zoning does not enable a very efficient use of land and infrastructure.
In response, the Village and Township collaborated in securing the services of the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design to conduct a public participatory process, to develop a proposed sub-area plan, and to propose recommended changes to the existing zoning ordinances.
Beginning in August 2013, the team conducted a series of seven public meetings with property owners and stakeholders, and one internal meeting with community officials. The results of this process are presented within this report and are intended to be carried forward as outlined at the end of this document.
Gilbert M. Valentine and Woodrow W. Whidden
Dr. George R. Knight is a man on a mission. He wants people to know by experience the riches of God’s grace in Christ.
Knight is an accomplished speaker and teacher, but writing has been his primary mode of communication. He began with the history and philosophy of Christian education and then added the history and theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has also taken special interest in growing the church’s understanding of Ellen White and how her writings should be interpreted and applied.
Adventist scholars admire Knight’s penchant for treating controversial issues such as the Shut Door, the 1888 General Conference, the 1901 reorganization, and Ellen White’s inspiration in an open, honest, and balanced way. At times, his method has reached beyond the controversial to the shocking. One of his books bears the name Myths in Adventism; a chapter in his book on the Crucifixion is called “The Bible’s Most Disgusting Teaching”; and he titled one of his articles “Adolf Hitler and Ellen White ‘Agree’ on the Purposes of Adventist Education.”
But Knight doesn’t shock merely for effect. He does it to get people’s attention despite the noise that today’s culture has accustomed them.
This book is a collection of writings that give a great overview of Dr. George R. Knight's many outstanding contibutions to the Seventh-day Adventist church. Topics covered are the issues of a hermeneutic for understanding and applying Ellen White’s writings, Christology, last-generation perfectionism, substitution and sacrifice as more than mere metaphors, and Ellen White’s counsels on lifestyle as based on principle rather than rigid literalism.
Cedric E. W. Vine
This book seeks to establish the inadequacy of readings of the Gospel of Matthew as intended for, and a reflection of, a local audience or community. Despite repeated challenges, the local audience thesis continues to dominate a large proportion of Matthean scholarship, and, as such, the issue of determining the Gospel's audience remains an open question. This book posits four main critiques. First, the assumptions which underpin the text-focused process of identifying the Gospel's audience, whether deemed to be local, Jewish, or universal, lack clarity. Literary entities such as the implied reader, the intended reader, or the authorial audience, prove inadequate as a means of identifying the Gospel's audience. Second, local audience readings necessarily exclude plot-related developments and are both selective and restrictive in their treatment of characterisation. Much is lost or ignored, as a coherent and simplified audience context is derived from the complex narrative world of the Gospel. Third, this book argues that many in an audience of the Gospel would have incorporated their experience of hearing Matthew within pre-existing mental representations shaped by Mark or other early traditions. Thus, they would have understood the Gospel as relating to events and settings distinct from their own context, regardless of the degree to which they identified with characters or events in the Gospel. Fourth, this book argues that early Christian audiences were largely heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity, age, sex, wealth, familiarity with Christian traditions, and levels of commitment. As such, the aural reception of the Gospel would have resulted in a variety of impacts. A number of these critiques extend beyond the local audience option and for this reason this thesis does not posit a particular audience for the Gospel. (Publisher website)
The book is a memoir of growing up in physical and social isolation stemming from a one-family, cult-like version of extreme religion, yet shaking free from family dysfunction and spiritual abuse to develop a wholesome life grounded in faith.
Though born in 1965, Rachel’s story could easily have been set in the 1800s. Wearing long dresses and broad-brimmed bonnets and living without modern conveniences including electricity, telephone, radio, television, or indoor plumbing, she and her two older brothers were shaped by the extreme religious views of her iron-willed, Vietnam-veteran father and malleable, practical-minded mother. The family separated from society and lived under often harsh conditions in an old, abandoned house atop a remote range of hills in Tennessee, awaiting the end of the world. Then at 16, Rachel was forced to face the world in which she was not raised to live. She struggled to adjust to an unsheltered life without casting aside the good along with the bad. Eventually she found her way to a full, balanced, and vibrant life. Rachel shares an amazing story that ultimately testifies of God’s faithful and restorative loving care.
Bruce Wrenn, David Loudon, and Albert Della Bitta
Previously published by McGraw Hill, the authors have updated the fifth edition to deliver a more concise alternative (approximately 450 pages) to the old style exhaustive, encyclopedic approach of the major competitors. 5e covers the important areas CB instructors would likely want covered, but omits material less essential to the student’s education in consumer behavior. Reviewers liked the practical application of the chapter material, noting students’ bias for retaining material that can help them become successful in a marketing career. The text thoroughly incorporates marketing realism, stressing the application of conceptual material to marketing strategies and decision making in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Considerable effort has been made to present the material clearly and in a style that is readable, interesting, and motivating to students. (Publisher)
John Templeton Baldwin, Jerry D. Thomas, and L. James Gibson
In this book, we will explore some of the wonders of the universe and of life on our little planet. But most importantly, we will explore the wonder of our own existence. Since the earliest days of human history, people have struggled with the big questions of life. Why are we here? Where are we going? What happens to us when we die?
Some people believe that science offers all the answers we seek; others feel that science leaves them empty. It doesn't offer answers for some of the deepest longings of the human heart. But that doesn't mean that those answers can't be found.
Cualquier observador de la historia y la cultura adventista del séptimo día sabe que el estilo de vida adventista está cambiando profundamente. Las diferencias entre la iglesia y el mundo parecen diluirse. ¿Por qué los adventistas abandonan su estilo de vida característico y adoptan el de la cultura que los rodea? En este libro, Fernando Canale responde a esta inquietante pregunta invitándonos a analizar las causas detrás de la separación teológica y práctica que existe entre la vida cotidiana del creyente y la salvación, lo cual resulta en la creciente secularización del estilo de vida adventista. También explica con claridad los fundamentos bíblicos que conducen a la conclusión de que el estilo de vida forma parte de la experiencia de la salvación. Finalmente sugiere formas que pueden ayudar a los pastores, líderes y laicos adventistas a ocuparse en un ministerio donde la salvación y el estilo de vida cristiano se produzcan como una experiencia indivisible.
Any casual observer of the history and culture of Seventh-day Adventism knows that Adventist lifestyle is undergoing a profound transformation. The differences between the church and the world appear to blur. Why are Adventists renouncing their characteristic lifestyle and adopting that of popular culture? In this book, Fernando Canale addresses this perturbing question inviting us to analyze the causes behind the theological and practical separation that exist between salvation and the believer's everyday lifestyle. He also clearly explains the biblical foundations that lead to the conclusion that lifestyle forms part of the experience of salvation. Finally, he suggests methods that might assist pastors, leaders and lay Adventists to become involved in a ministry where salvation and Christian lifestyle are the result of an indivisible experience. --back cover
The Cognitive Principle of Christian Theology: An Hermeneutical Study of the Revelation and Inspiration of the Bible
Where do Christians get the information about what they believe? How do theologians know whether the doctrines they teach are made up of divine truth? For centuries believers have assumed that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the origin of Christian knowledge. Over time, other sources were added to Scripture, such as philosophy, science, tradition and experience. ·with the advent of modernity, philosophy and science led many Christian theologians to the idea that the documents comprising Scrip ture came out of human thinking and tradition. If the modem view was correct, Christian theology had no cognitive foundation; it was left groundless. Is there unique truth in Christianity? Do Christian doctrines describe real things to our minds? Or are they the result of imagination flowing through the traditions into which we are born? Is the modem view of the Bible's origin the final word on the matter? Or are the views of the classical church and of contemporary evangelicals viable in postmodem times? Should we think about the origin of Christian knowledge-the revelation and inspiration of Scrip ture-by constructing a new model to lead us beyond the limitations of present ideas? In The Cognitive Principle of Christian Theology: A Postmodern View of Revelation-Inspiration, Canale addresses not primarily the academic community, but the thinking community of the church, including administrators, pastors, theol ogy students, and lay persons interested in theological issues. He guides them step by step to understand the classical, modem, and evangelical models of revelation and inspiration by analyzing the hermeneutical presuppositions from which they come. The reader will see that each of these models fail in some way to integrate either what the Bible says about itself, or the facts of what we fmd on the written page. Then by using the same hermeneutical presuppositions biblical authors as sumed when writing Scripture Canale develops an alternate model able to harmo nize what Scripture teaches about itself with its actual characteristics as written work (phenomena of Scripture). The book ends by considering the consequences that the new historical cognitive model of revelation inspiration has for the interpretation of Scripture and its truthfulness.
Richard M. Davidson and Leonard Brand
In 1844, Charles Darwin wrote a summary of his theory of evolution. His On the Origin of Species became Satan’s grand scheme to turn the world away from allegiance to the creator. If belief in the Biblical creation can be destroyed, confidence in the personal, loving God of the Bible will be seriously undermined as well. In the fourth commandment, God claims that in six days he created the heavens and the earth, the seas, and all that is in them. The Bible claims that God wrote this with His finger, in stone. If what God wrote with His own hand is false, why would the rest of the Bible be of any further interest? But if true, it is an anchor that will guide us through whatever the future holds. The great controversy between Christ and Satan is, at this time in history, focusing down on issues of the credibility of the Creator and the creation story in Genesis. Even Christians are beginning to question the Biblical account. Science is an important human endeavor, but we can trust it only if the Bible is our standard for evaluating origins, evil, and our great God.