March 19, 2012

Web Letters

Good Question
The answer to “WWJD?” (Mar. 8, 2012) is simple, but not so easy to put into practice. The answer is found in Ellen White’s booklet Help In Daily Living: “Study carefully the divine-human character, and constantly inquire, ‘What would Jesus do were He in my place?’” (p. 33).

--Howard Loewen
Berrien Springs, Michigan

“C” is for Commitment
Regarding Mark Kellner’s editorial, “Spread the Health? Yes!” (Mar. 8, 2012):

Kellner is quite correct that the CHIP series by Dr. Hans Diehl can give any willing ear a good understanding of how to live a healthy life. Having been through the program myself, I would have thought that if Kellner made the full journey of the 16 sessions, and more closely observed the cover of the study guide, he should know the first word of the acronym CHIP is “Coronary,” not “Complete.”

Anyone desiring a long, healthy life should consider participating in CHIP, as well as Florida Hospital’s Creation Health, the Healthy 100 program.

--John P. Trimarchi
Apopka, Florida

Three to Emulate
The February 23, 2012 Adventist Review was inspiring for focusing on three great personalities of our church. “I Give You My Life” is the underlying message of these three leaders.

Wintley Phipps, the first one, is a modern Daniel. He has touched dignitaries, not only with his musical talent, but as an ambassador for our church. I knew him when he served in the Religious Liberty Department of the General Conference. I’m so proud of this great preacher, musician, and man of God. He has inspired many young people with the Dream Academy, his ministry to children and families of prisoners. It is something that should be duplicated around the world.

The second is Jan Paulsen, former president of the General Conference, who received the Order of Merit from the King of Norway. Paulsen and I graduated from Andrews in 1962, and we lived in the same apartment complex. After several years we met again as colleagues at the General Conference. He was our leader from 1999 until his retirement in 2010. He was appreciated worldwide for his service in Africa and for his leadership style.

I was shocked to hear that another great Adventist, Eric Monnier, president of the Bangladesh Union had passed away. Eric came from a family of great missionaries from Switzerland. His father, Samuel, was a missionary in Brazil, and we had the opportunity to work together in the South Brazil Union and in the General Conference. Eric followed in the footsteps of his father and dedicated most of his life in service to our people in the Amazon, Bolivia, and finally Bangladesh. He seemed to thrive on work in difficult parts of the mission field.

The life stories of these leaders have had an indelible influence in the lives of our people worldwide.

--Leo Ranzolin
Estero, Florida

Adventists and the Sabbath
Andy Nash’s article, “Unrest Over a Rest Day” (Feb. 9, 2012), does a superb job of answering objections to Sabbath observance based on three passages in the New Testament that are currently used by Adventism’s detractors: Galatians 4:8-11, Romans 14:1-4, and Colossians 2:16, 17.

Nash’s greatest contribution is to summarize a technical book by Ron Du Preez on the controversial Colossians text. He also exegetes Hebrews 4:1-10 well. (A similar article, “Does Colossians 2:16-17 Abolish the Sabbath?” [Feb. 23, 2012], gives supporting evidence.)

Nash’s article reminded me of our experience at the temple mount in Jerusalem one Friday afternoon. My husband asked the meaning of the sirens going off at 4:00 p.m. “The sun is still shining,” he objected.

Our guide-for-Christians, Malcolm Cartier, asked, “Who first said you were supposed to guard the edges of the Sabbath?”

The group answered, “Ellen White.”

“No,” he replied, and referred us to Nehemiah 13:19-22.

This is an important article that Adventists should study carefully and clip for future reference.

--Beatrice Neall
Ooltewah, Tennessee

A Lasting Memorial
I very much appreciated the article “Adventist Church Logo Now Approved for Veterans’ Cemetery Headstones” (Jan. 26, 2012).

When my family and I made arrangements at the Veterans’ cemetery where my late husband was buried in early 2011, I asked the service attendant if it would be possible to use our Adventist logo, as my husband, Tom, had been a minister and a member of Operation Whitecoat.

The woman had never heard of Operation Whitecoat, and went to check it out on her computer. She was apparently impressed with what she discovered, and seemed happy to inform me that the Seventh-day Adventist emblem was number 40 on her list of logos. She had never been asked about it before.

Since that time I have informed as many Seventh-day Adventist veterans as I can. My thanks to Michelle Miracle for her commitment and persistence in acquiring the use of this emblem of our church.

--Doris Kopko
Roseville, California