June 11, 2014

June 12, 2014

God and

In the cover article “God
is . . . ? (May 15, 2014), the author concludes his defense of the
theory that God will ultimately inflict death upon the lost by stating, “I
believe that the wrath of God is the love of God as seen in desperate contexts.
. . . Admittedly, atonement and annihilation do show the edgier contours of
love.”. . .

Ellen G. White repeatedly
states that Jesus suffered the wrath of God on the cross. She wrote: “It was
the sense of sin, bringing the Father’s wrath upon Him as man’s substitute,
that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God.” And how did Jesus experience the
wrath of God? Not by God inflicting it upon Him, but rather by separating
Himself. Jesus “feared that sin was so offensive to God that their separation
was to be eternal” (The Desire of Ages, p. 753).


James Nix’s story, “The Conversion of Harry Orchard” (May 8,
2014), provided some additional details to a story that has intrigued me since
first reading Harry Orchard by L. E.
Froom in the 1950’s.

As I remember, there was such
a dramatic change in Orchard’s facial appearance between the time the charges
were filed and the actual trial that the judge who presided at both failed to
recognize him. It continues to be a testimony to the transforming power of the
Holy Spirit and the capacity for Belle Stuenenberg to forgive.


I thought we knew all about Harry Orchard. Thank you, Jim Nix,
and Sentinel/Liberty. The name
Seventh-day Adventist must never be hidden or muted for fear of offending
someone. If it offends the enemy, bring it on! My copy of The Great Controversy (a gift in 1959) has become my constant companion.
It looks even better now than it did then, years before I bought into the Bible
and joined my Adventist wife in the church.

H. Burns


The day after I returned home from a wonderful fiftieth college
class reunion at Pacific Union College (PUC), the April 24 issue of Adventist Review arrived. Scanning
through, I noticed a familiar face, Andrew Hanson, whom I had just re-met after
more than 50 years in a small group sharing our spiritual journeys since
graduating from PUC. I find myself drawn to Hanson’s thoughtful expression in
“Gray Is a Color, Too.” I love the word pictures of gray and the meaning drawn
from them, not unlike his thoughts expressed in our discussion.

Another delightful connection
occurred with Bill Knott’s piece, “Praying Till Donne.” Also at PUC that Friday
evening, I had the unexpected opportunity to re-meet J. Paul Stauffer at the
Pioneer Dinner. He had taught my favorite class, Western Arts. Not only did I
have the opportunity to tell him that, but I recalled to him one of my favorite
poets, John Donne, and his “Batter My Heart, Three-person’d God.”

Thank you so much for
expanding on Donne’s bold and passionate poetic expression to God. It inspires
me to spend more time with his verse, and in so doing spend more time knowing


Article, But . . .

Thank you for Laura Brus’ article, “Steps to Christ: A Chiastic Reading” (May 8, 2014). It
has made a book that I have treasured since being introduced to it at a Friday
evening vespers at Helderberg College in 1956 even more precious. The editors
and designers did a terrific job with the attractive layout.

I could only wish that some
other ingredient for the sandwich other than cheese could have been found,
since the author of Steps to Christ said that cheese “is wholly unfit
for food” (The Ministry of Healing,
p. 302).

A. Short

Gather Around

For many years now, I have been an
avid reader of Adventist Review, and
have been, time and again, blessed by its inspiring articles. But in Randy
Roberts’ article, “The Stench of Betrayal, the Scent of Forgiveness” (Apr. 17,
2014) I was overwhelmed with the spiritual insight he related.

we Seventh-day Adventists miss the sweet aroma of God’s love and longsuffering. As to Roberts’ question, “What does the
resurrection mean to me?” To me
it means the closer I look in the mirror of my Savior’s love, the more my
sinful nature overwhelms me, the more detestable life becomes without Him, and
I realize how much I want to “huddle” around the charcoal fire built by Jesus
and bask in the burning scent of the old rugged cross.

–Al Ferry
Bakersfield, California

Grace and Works

Goldstein’s article, “A Culprit Barely Pardoned” (Apr. 17, 2014) reminded me
who Jesus is, and what I am to Him. It reminded me of what Goldstein wrote in
his book False Balances: “[God’s] law
can be kept, yet this final generation is justified only by what Jesus Christ
has accomplished for them, outside of them, 2,000 years ago at Calvary.
Anything else is salvation by works” (p. 155).

–Joseph M. Cote
Roan Mountain, Tennessee