October 21, 2013

Give & Take

Share With Us

We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:

Sound Bites (quotes, profound or spontaneous)

Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from the world of adults)

Camp Meeting Memories (150 words or less)

Jots and Tittles (church-related tips)

Please send your submissions to Give & Take, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: marank@gc.
adventist.org. Please include phone number, and city and state from which you are writing.


A Haiku

In this green hollow

My heart is a cathedral

Each footfall a prayer.

—L. L. Kellogg, Park City, Illinois

Sermon in Seven

Many people go on mission trips. Most, if not all, go with good intentions. So what do you think of this?

Too many excursions pass for mission trips.

Adventist Life

It came to me one day: “Haystacks” can be considered the Seventh-day Adventist equivalent of the Israelite’s “manna.” Why? In most Adventist churches (at least in the U.S.) almost everyone knows what “haystacks” are, but if you tell someone of a different faith you had or are going to have “haystacks,” they ask, “What is that?”

—Martha Ledbetter, Graysville, Tennessee

History Lesson: Quick Bits on 1888

13 1 8The General Conference assembled at Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 17, 1888. About 90 delegates represented 27,000 church members. What many Adventists likely hold as important from those meetings is that “the Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. . . . It presented justification through faith in the Surety [Christ]; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.”1

After the Minneapolis meetings A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner took the message of righteousness by faith to the churches. With Ellen White joining them, they crossed the U.S., visiting camp meetings, workers’ meetings, and Bible schools. In 1889 White wrote: “I have never seen a revival work go forward with such thoroughness, and yet remain so free from all undue excitement.”2

Minneapolis 1888 can be seen as a turning point in the history of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church. With the teaching of Waggoner and Jones,
and support from Ellen White, the church gained a clearer understanding of the gospel.

  1. Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1923), pp. 91, 92. 
  2. Ellen G. White, in Review and Herald, Mar. 5, 1889.