May 9, 2008

1513 Church News--Briefs

Paulsen to End ‘Let’s Talk’ Series in Romania
capBucharest, Romania, will host Pastor Jan Paulsen, Seventh-day Adventist world church president, for the nineteenth and final installment in the church’s “Let’s Talk” series. He will meet with Adventist young people from throughout Europe on May 24, 2008, for a live, unscripted, unedited broadcast, which will air on the Hope Channel at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Since 2003, Let’s Talk conversations have been broadcast from Africa, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the United States and have featured young people from more than 30 countries. Recently, Pastor Paulsen reflected on the Let’s Talk initiative and its impact on him: “This conversation—which is more than five years old now—has meant a great deal to me: the young people I’ve met; the issues we’ve talked about; the overwhelming sense I have, after every broadcast, that the young people and young professionals of our church are strongly committed and ready to serve. I hear them saying: ‘I love this church, too! Sometimes I have a different perspective, and sometimes I need help understanding all the "whys" and "why nots." But don’t close the door—I’m here for the distance and I also have something to contribute.’”
However, just because the Let’s Talk series is ending, the conversation between Adventist young people and church leaders will continue. The Let’s Talk Web site, is still open, taking questions and comments from Seventh-day Adventist young people, ages 15-25.
Let’s Talk Romania can be seen live on the Hope Channel or on the Internet at For more information and broadcast schedules please visit the Let’s Talk Web site,, or the Hope Channel website.

Russell Standish, 74, Killed in Australian Car Crash

GIFTED HANDS: Dr. Ben Carson is one of the world's most respected neurosurgeons and a devout Seventh-day Adventist. Carson, 56, said he prays for guidance before every surgery. [Photo courtesy Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly/RNS]

BROTHERS: Adventists Colin Standish (left) and Russell Standish  Oct. 27, 2007, in Berrien Springs, Mich.  [Mark A. Kellner/AR photo]

Russell Standish, age 74, a former Seventh-day Adventist medical missionary, was killed in a car crash in Mildura, Australia, on the evening of May 2. Standish was a passenger in a car that reportedly crossed the path of an oncoming vehicle, the local newspaper indicated. He was on his way to a speaking engagement at the time of the accident. A local Adventist, Cliff Cocks, was driving and also perished.

Standish differed with church leaders over some elements of the 1957 book, Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine. Both he and his twin brother, Colin Standish, participated in a 2007 Andrews University conference on the book and its impact on the church. Many who attended noted the atmosphere of cordiality and healing at the event.

Standish is survived by his wife, Glenys, and sons  Stephen, James, and Timothy. James Standish is the world church’s liaison to the U.S. Congress, and Timothy is an associate director of the church’s Geoscience Research Institute in Loma Linda, California.                                                                                                  
--AR Staff

Weimar Inks Amazing Facts Deal;
Ministry to Manage Health Center
Amazing Facts announced it will take over management of Weimar Institute in northern California, a statement from Amazing Facts, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, said.
Earlier this year, Weimar announced it would close its college program while the successful NEWSTART® program will continue as the Institute builds on its strengths. The eight-step, 18-day health recovery program helps prevent and reverse disease and is known nationally and globally.
Weimar Institute of Health & Education opened its doors in 1978 with a mission to serve the needs of others in health improvement and quality education. The academic curriculum of the college includes practical training and experience. The college grew steadily until the early 1990s, training hundreds of young adults for active ministry. The school said recent years have seen a steadily decreasing enrollment due to changing economics and student goals.

Knott Delivers Baccalaureate Address at AU

Speaking to more than 350 Andrews University graduates at Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan. on Sabbath, May 3, Bill Knott, editor and executive publisher of Adventist Review, gave the graduates of 2008 a spiritual send-off with his baccalaureate address, “Jericho in the Mist.”
The days to come will be filled with celebrations and gifts, followed by job interviews and relocation for the soon-to-be graduates, but the message Sabbath morning served as a reminder, “Do not mistake the crossing of the river for the taking of the city.” After the children of Israel reached the Jordan River, and by God’s grace alone made it safely across, they stumbled upon a stark realization: they still had to conquer Jericho. Graduates have successfully traversed the sometimes rocky path of higher education, yet Knott urged each one to find a moment of solitude and ponder the Jericho that lies ahead. “You’ll find being on the other side of Jordan is not all it’s cracked up to be,” he cautioned.

The graduates—hailing from all walks of life and virtually every corner of the globe—were reminded of an overwhelmed Joshua facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. In that moment, taking the city of Jericho using only a weary army of travelers, Joshua was impressed to reframe his world. For a generation of young people leaving behind academia and searching for professional fulfillment, Knott urged, “Reframe your world, and you will see new colors you were too blind to see before.”

Navajo Outreach Booklet Published
An outreach booklet for Navajo Indians will soon be available. Jesus Ho³ Yi’ashgo (Walking With Jesus), is written in both English and Navajo, with the same material in both languages on facing pages throughout. Although not a direct translation of Steps to Christ, it draws topics from 12 of its chapters. The booklet’s copyright holder is the Ellen G. White Estate.
Accompanying the booklet is an Internet Web site,, which has the purpose of staying in touch with readers after they finish reading the last page. This Web site invites questions and offers brief Bible study topics. Copies of Walking with Jesus are available gratis to those conferences that have the most Navajos within their territory; information is available through the Web site.