June 1, 2022


A Multimedia Review | During the Internment of Japanese-Americans | The Lab of New Things | Return to Normal | Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes


A Multimedia Review

Thanks for the “good old Review,” soon to be 175 years old, which has morphed into a full-fledged multimedia powerhouse! Nothing better to describe the impact of the worldwide magazine in the life and ministry of our church, and it has blossomed into many countries. I’ve read the English and Portuguese editions for many years, and it has been a privilege not only to contribute but to receive inspiration and learn about the progress of our church worldwide. Praise God for Ellen White and other pioneers who had the vision to start the printed ministry to help our members to be informed and prepared for the second coming of our Savior. May the Lord continue to bless the excellent team and the responsibility of the editor, as he said, “ to pay attention to the Spirit.”

Leo Ranzolin, Sr.

Estero, Florida

During the Internment of Japanese-Americans

We applaud you for being brave enough to write and have printed in the Review such a serious and factual account of what was happening during that time. What happened was wrong. We have a camp not far from us that has been made into a historical site. Sobering. However, what have we learned as a church from our lack of backbone to take a stand for what is right? We see the same issues today in our church that no one is willing to address correctly. Enough said. We pray for our church administrators that God will give them the wisdom to make wise decisions and that they will have the courage to follow His lead.

God bless. We’re blessed by your weekly GraceNote devotions.

Louise and Don Driver

The Lab of New Things

In your March 2022 issue I was surprised to read in Daryl Gungadoo’s article, “The Lab of New Things,” that the new VR First multiplayer game Babylon-Quest has placed the famous Hanging Gardens in Babylon, even though no Babylonian writings or modern archaeological evidence supports that view. According to Cambridge University archaeologist Stephanie Dalley’s 2014 research, the Hanging Gardens were built by King Sennacherib in Nineveh, not by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. Dalley found evidence of aqueducts 100 meters wide and 50 meters deep capable of bringing 300 tons of water daily from the nearby Khinis Mountains; that water was then raised by an Archimedean screw device into elevated canals built from 2 million stone blocks.

Brian E. Strayer

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Return to Normal

As I read the article by Bill Knott about the state of affairs in the churches after the trauma of the past two years, my heart filled with thanksgiving for my local church. While we do have some who have not as yet returned, the fear and foreboding of the past have gone and the life and joy of worship and study is again very much a part of church. And to add to the blessing, several additional families have joined us and become a very great blessing. I am very thankful that the “return to normal” has returned to our local congregation.

Junior Scoggins

Ozark, Arkansas

Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes

Upon reading the review of this book, I immediately ordered it on Amazon. All the subtleties of how I have in many instances been misreading the Bible began to appear, and it’s not just me—it relates to how I’ve been taught as well. I highly recommend this book; it’s an enjoyable read.

Jack Waller


I would like to express my thankfulness to you for the quite fantastic and extraordinary GraceNotes, which I now with great pleasure and benefit have read. I am a former pastor and college teacher from Denmark. Two Sabbaths ago I made even a PowerPoint sermon on the subject “Stay in Grace”—giving you of course due credit for some titles and the Review for some pictures. Thank you for your meaningful thoughts. I would like to encourage you to publish these GraceNotes as a worship book.

Richard Müller

Daugaard, Denmark

Toxic Teaching

Very well-written article describing what the relationship between men and women should look like, with the ultimate goal being to honor God.

Carina Gisela Ramos

Battle Cry (Battle Creek Academy to Celebrate 150th Anniversary This Year)

My great-grandmother Clara Alice Barnum and her brother George attended Battle Creek Academy in the late 1870s or early 1880s.

Connie Florey Wright

2022 General Conference Session

Official notice is hereby given that the postponed sixty-first session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will be held June 6-11, 2022, in the America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The first meeting will begin at 8:00 am, June 6, 2022. All duly accredited delegates are urged to be present at that time. This Session will also be accessible for delegates remotely by electronic means.

Ted N C Wilson, General Conference President Erton C Köhler, General Conference Secretary

Notice of Regular Meeting of Members of the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-Day Adventists

Notice is hereby given that the next regular meeting of the members of the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists will be held in The Dome of America’s Center, St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States of America, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. for the transaction of any business that may come before the meeting.

The members of this corporation are the delegates to the sixty-first session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Daisy Jane F. Orion, Corporate Secretary

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