March 2, 2022

Echoes Through The Decades

What did we say first?

Adventist Review Editors

The issue of the Adventist Review before you is about us. We thought that for consistency’s sake, the Voices should also be. So here’s your invitation to listen, with us, to the echoes reverberating from your magazine’s first pages at the start of each new decade, from our beginnings to today:

1850

“Some have contended that the Sabbath was not instituted until the law was given to Moses at Mount Sinai. But there are serious difficulties in the way of this belief.”

EDITORS, “WHEN WAS THE SABBATH INSTITUTED?” VOL. 1, NO. 1, NOVEMBER 1850.

1860

“There’s a land far away, ’mid the stars we are told,

Where they know not the sorrows of time:

Where the pure waters wander through valleys of gold,

And life is a treasure sublime.”

ANONYMOUS, “THE MOUNTAINS OF LIFE,” VOL. 15, NO. 7, JAN. 5, 1860.

1870

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thess. 5:4.

“The day mentioned in this text is definitely named in the previous verses.”

JAMES WHITE, “OUR FAITH AND HOPE; OR, REASONS WHY WE BELIEVE AS WE DO,” VOL. 35, NO. 2, JAN. 4, 1870.

1880

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all

his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” Ps. 116:12, 13.

“Lord what can I render thee

For thy mercies unto me—

Me, a lost, forsaken wanderer from the fold?”

MRS. L.D.A. STUTTLE, “THE SOUL’S RESPONSE,” VOL. 55, NO. 1, JAN 1, 1880.

1890

“What though this earthly house of clay Sink into ruin and decay,

Though health and vigor pass away Christ is my life [emphasis original].”

BRITISH EVANGELIST, “CHRIST IS ALL,” VOL. 67, NO. 1, JAN. 7, 1890.

1900

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isa. 26:3.

“ ‘In perfect peace,’ O Lord, thou ’lt keep The soul that trusts in thee.

The promise shines through all the years Like beacon-lights at sea.”

FRANCES A. CRANSTON, “PEACE,” VOL. 77, NO. 1, JAN. 2, 1900.

1910

“I hear it singing in the dawn— A world-old sweet refrain—

I hear its notes insistent drawn In music of the rain;

It sings within the swaying corn

A canticle of cheer

That glorifies the golden morn:

“ ‘He loves thee: do not fear.’ ”

ROSE TRUMBULL, “THE SWEET REFRAIN,” IN SUNDAY SCHOOL TIMES, VOL. 87, NO. 1, JAN. 6, 1910.

1920

 “Educate your mind to love the Bible, to love the prayer meeting, to love the hour of meditation, and above all, the hour when the soul communes with God.”

MRS. E. G. WHITE, “NEW YEAR MOTTO,” VOL. 97, NO. 1, JAN. 1, 1920.

1930

“Beloved, we ‘wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’ ”

“ ‘Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.’ ”

EDITORS, “NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS TO OUR READ- ERS,” VOL. 107, NO. 1, JAN. 2, 1930.

1940

“That during the last three or four decades there has been a changing emphasis in preaching, no intelligent student of the times will deny. . . . By many, including occupants both of the pulpit and of the pew, the Bible is no longer regarded as the infallible word of divine revelation.”

EDS., “SUBTLE DANGERS THREATENING THE CHURCH: CHANGING EMPHASIS IN PREACHING,” VOL. 117, NO. 1, JAN. 4, 1940.

1950

“The introduction to this journey, like that to all overseas trips, was a hypodermic needle applied at frequent intervals to immunize me . . . . How simple if a similar procedure could be devised for immunizing us against the germs of sin before we start the long journey of life!”

F. D. NICHOL, “HAWAII . . . SPARKLING SPECK IN THE PACIFIC: EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE OVER THE PA- CIFIC EN ROUTE TO FIJI, NOVEMBER 20, 1949,” VOL. 127, NO. 1, JAN. 5, 1950.

1960

“The world eagerly awaited news of the Dalai Lama as he fled from Tibet to India during April and May last year.”

DUANE S. JOHNSON, SECRETARY, SOUTHERN ASIA DI- VISION, “RELIEF FOR TIBETAN REFUGEES,” VOL. 137, NO. 1, JAN. 7, 1960.

1970

“A tiny toddler taps upon earth’s door To catch the itchy ear of humankind—Another year is granted to implore

A loving God that we may be refined.

Will this wee infant be a modern Cain

To murder peace and mystify our souls? Or will it grow like Abel and maintain An ember faith upon the altar coals?”

NICHOLAS LLOYD INGRAHAM, “AN EMPTY CUP,” VOL. 147, NO. 1, JAN. 1, 1970.

1980

“Those who have a vital union with Christwill rejoice in the assurance of His love. Nothing in the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence.”

ELLEN G. WHITE, “WALKING IN THE LIGHT,” VOL. 157, NO. 1, JAN. 3, 1980.

1990

“We are living in momentous times. Marvelous changes . . . are providing opportunities for advancing the gospel on an unprecedented scale.”

NEAL C. WILSON, “TIME FOR REVIVAL,” VOL. 167, NO. 1, JAN. 4, 1990.

2000

“One thousand years ago . . . , the cutting edge of medical technology was—leeches!”

WILLIAM JOHNSSON, “I BELIEVE,” VOL. 177, NO. 1, JAN. 6, 2000.

2010

“American humorist Garrison Keillor writes of the grade school year in his semi-mythical hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, in which an anxious school principal assigned each of the students who lived on an outlying farm to an in-town ‘Storm-Home.’ ”

BILL KNOTT, “A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM,” VOL. 187, NO. 1, JAN. 14, 2010.

2020

“The first was a small and shiny volume, barely 2 x 3 inches, containing selected psalms and the Gospel of John.”

BILL KNOTT, “BIBLES I HAVE LOVED,” VOL. 197, NO. 1, JAN., 2020.

Adventist Review Editors
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