In the pro and con articles about owning a gun, I thought Frank Hasel’s con article was much stronger. The pro article by Joseph Olstad ignores the fact that guns in homes are often misused. I recall a story a few years back about an older Adventist pastor whose granddaughter was staying with him. Very late one night he awoke to hear someone quietly entering the back porch door, took his gun, and shot (and killed) the intruder, who turned out to be his granddaughter coming home late. Just this morning I read a headline: “Toddler Finds Gun, Shoots Brother.” And with depression so prevalent around the world these days, there is the danger of someone with suicidal thoughts who has access to a gun using it at a low moment. I also thought Olstad’s “theology of protection” was a little strained when applied to gun ownership. I also appreciated Shawn Brace’s article, “We Know in Part,” about how Christian maturity is shown when we realize how limited our knowledge is and how foolish it is to think we already know everything!
I read with interest “Guns or Roses?” April 2022; both points of view can be accepted. As for me, I tend to disagree with relying on the Christian men in blue to have to use a gun to protect me from the violence of those who would harm us, for in the process, couldn’t they lose their lives? They also should love their enemies. I have three Christian friends who are police officers, and they are now choosing to leave the state they live in for fear of being injured through defunding. I have heard their stories. I would imagine they too would model this love, the love of Jesus to not hurt or kill another human, with the courage to learn from Him to be the agents of peace.
What a wonderful Adventist Review (April 2022)! I was moved to tears, joy, and deep thought. Over the years of being a subscriber, this edition will be my favorite! I was so moved by the article “Finding Disruption, Finding Church.” It reminded me of when I was a teenager who attended my parents’ Seventh-day Christian church. It was a God-fearing church with loving members, good sermons, etc. While I enjoyed it, I left church each Sabbath feeling that I was not growing spiritually. I don’t know why, because, as I said, it was a lovely Christian environment. I was so disturbed by this feeling that I left the church at 19 years old and went to a less-liberal church. The Seventh-day Adventist Church concerned me, but God said “just come . . . .” This is what God wanted me to do. That was 65 years ago. I grew one step at a time, and our loving God was patient and is still always by my side helping me to continue growing and molding me into the person He wants me to be. For 65 years I have been blessed and joyful and thank Him for helping me to be discerning of His voice and direction. Thank you for your excellent publication.
Catching up on Review reading, I ran across Paul Dybdahl’s article from November. I’m a 78-year-old with an impaired immune system and depleted energy from fighting cancer, and there is much I cannot do: no teaching Sabbath School, no active participation in the worship service, no in-person sharing, and only rarely attending church. It is easy to feel useless and worthless. Thank you, Paul, for your encouraging words and focusing on those words of Jesus to the woman with limited options: “She has done what she could” (Mark 14:8).
Bruce McClay, M.A., M.L.S.
Battle Ground, Washington
Parents need to pray not only for their children but for those who will have an impact on their lives. I wish I had realized that when my children were little.
Thank you for the wonderful news from Mongolia, though a picture of a Mongolian mother with her child would have been more powerful.
King-Yi Eugene Hsu
Let’s pray that church members can see/know when that happens.
Linda Parks Chapin
Thank you so much for this article. I also judge myself for not wanting to go onto the podium to speak for any reason or to offer a public prayer, and do feel as if I’m being judged for this, as if I’m lacking in faith. However, I’m always willing to help with anything else that needs to be done.
Thankful for the protection. Praying for all who were affected by the loss.
May God bless your ministry!
Praise God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Coreana Foster Kuras
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
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