Recent books authored or edited by Andrews University Faculty
John C. Peckham
"For God so loved the world . . ."
We believe these words, but what do they really mean? Does God choose to love, or does God love necessarily? Is God's love emotional? Does the love of God include desire or enjoyment? Is God's love conditional? Can God receive love from human beings?
Attempts to answer these questions have produced sharply divided pictures of God's relationship to the world. One widely held position is that of classical theism, which understands God as necessary, self-sufficient, perfect, simple, timeless, immutable and impassible. In this view, God is entirely unaffected by the world and his love is thus unconditional, unilateral and arbitrary.
In the twentieth century, process theologians replaced classical theism with an understanding of God as bound up essentially with the world and dependent on it. In this view God necessarily feels all feelings and loves all others, because they are included within himself.
In The Love of God, John Peckham offers a comprehensive canonical interpretation of divine love in dialogue with, and at times in contrast to, both classical and process theism. God's love, he argues, is freely willed, evaluative, emotional and reciprocal, given before but not without conditions. According to Peckham's reading of Scripture, the God who loves the world is both perfect and passible, both self-sufficient and desirous of reciprocal relationships with each person, so that "whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
John W. Reeve
"It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God." Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 322. "The biblical understanding of ordination is not that the act changes those who are set aside, but only that the church is acknowledging what God has already done by equipping them through the gifts of the Spirit." Jiri Moskala, dean, SDA Theological Seminary. "Women's ordination to ministry does not violate the preservation of God's name, neither His precepts written in the Holy Scriptures. Only two factors can limit the decision of the Adventist Church in favor of women's ordination: avoiding scandal and the hindrance of the evangelizing mission to the world." Natanael B. P. Moraes, professor of applied theology, Adventist University of São Paulo, Brazil.
An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care: Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Position Paper
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The intent of this document is not to judge but to clearly set forth what Scripture teaches concerning homosexual practices and offer guidelines on how to interact with persons of same-sex orientation.
Edward John Specht, Harold Trainer Jones, Keith G. Calkins, and Donald H. Rhoads
In this monograph, the authors present a modern development of Euclidean geometry from independent axioms, using up-to-date language and providing detailed proofs. The axioms for incidence, betweenness, and plane separation are close to those of Hilbert. This is the only axiomatic treatment of Euclidean geometry that uses axioms not involving metric notions and that explores congruence and isometries by means of reflection mappings. The authors present thirteen axioms in sequence, proving as many theorems as possible at each stage and, in the process, building up subgeometries, most notably the Pasch and neutral geometries. Standard topics such as the congruence theorems for triangles, embedding the real numbers in a line, and coordinatization of the plane are included, as well as theorems of Pythagoras, Desargues, Pappas, Menelaus, and Ceva. The final chapter covers consistency and independence of axioms, as well as independence of definition properties. There are over 300 exercises; solutions to many of these, including all that are needed for this development, are available online at the homepage for the book at www.springer.com. Supplementary material is available online covering construction of complex numbers, arc length, the circular functions, angle measure, and the polygonal form of the Jordan Curve theorem. Euclidean Geometry and Its Subgeometries is intended for advanced students and mature mathematicians, but the proofs are thoroughly worked out to make it accessible to undergraduate students as well. It can be regarded as a completion, updating, and expansion of Hilbert's work, filling a gap in the existing literature. (from publisher website)
Un Plan Visionario de Peña Blanca: Proposals for the Properties of Servicio Panamericano de Salud and the Canal Communities of Lake Yojoa
The 2014 Urban Design Studio, Andrew C. von Maur, and Martin Smith
This document was commissioned by and prepared for Pan American Health Services, Inc. (PAHS) - a non-denominational Christian, non-government organization operating in Peña Blanca, Honduras. Founded by Dr. Stephen Youngberg near the northern shore of Lake Yojoa, PAHS has been successfully providing nutrition and educational outreach for the hungry, sick, and homeless since 1960.
PAHS has a strong historical record of fighting disease, ignorance, and poverty, with a special focus on children, nutritional rehabilitation and education. Today more than 80 boys and girls live in the children’s home on the PAHS campus and more than 200 adolescents are enrolled at the Dr. Stephen Youngberg Technical Vocational Center.
Some of the challenges facing northwestern Honduras have changed since 1960, but PAHS remains committed to “doing what we can with what we have” in order to uplift the health and welfare of local people.
Pan American Health Services, Inc. owns approximately 250 acres of land located just southeast of the town of Peña Blanca. The northwestern boundary of the property is shaped by a hydroelectric canal, which flows north and was built a few years after the establishment of the PAHS campus. The campus still features several wooden buildings that were purchased from the canal’s construction company after work on the canal was completed. Campus buildings were conceived to surround an ordered plaza, as laid out with a rope by Verlene Youngberg. This beautifully landscaped, garden-like plaza continues to be the functional, social, and symbolic heart of campus.
This group of buildings is surrounded on all sides by gardens, orchards, a bird sanctuary, and agricultural fields. Just north of the nearby village of El Edén are former rice terraces overlooking the spectacular Santa Barbara Mountains. Now used to grow beans and corn for PAHS, this southern portion of the site is bound to the west by the road leading to Lake Yojoa and the Eco-Archeological Park “Los Naranjos” - only 2 km away. To the north, across the road that leads to La Guama and the country’s main highway CA-5, lies more hilly agricultural terrain leading up to the village of El Tigre. This is also the location of the Dr. Stephen Youngberg Technical Vocational Center.
The purpose of this document is to outline a vision for how this land can serve the mission and long-term interests of PAHS, but also the well-being of the surrounding community.
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.
Gerald Klingbeil and Chantal J. Klingbeil
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).
Kenneth A. Strand
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.