Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

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Before You Reopen Your House of Worship, Consider This

Is there a spiritual imperative for houses of worship that can be met only by conducting in-person services? And does that imperative outweigh the very real physical risks? If a member becomes ill and dies of COVID-19 contracted during church attendance, will reopening still have been worth it? Considering how was can keep each other safer during a time such as this is a biblical imperative.

Two paths in a forest.

Two Roads: The Quest Toward Healing and Transformation

A testimony written by Gabriella Phillips, director of Adventist-Muslim Relations for the North American Division on how she is helping a friend fully trust God as she seeks to heal relations with her children.

Reedsburg church sign with pastor Stephen Hall

Times of the Sign

What can we do? That thought occupied my mind as I watched the nation again turn its attention to another senseless killing of a Black individual in America at the hands of the police. What could our churches do, in this moment? ... As I arrived at church, my attention was drawn to the sign that sits beside the road running past the church. Pulling into the parking lot, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit gently respond with the answer to my question: “Start with the sign.”

Joel Joey Barajas

An Interrupted Gambler: From Poker Player to Pastor

Prior to his enrollment at Walla Walla, Joel "Joey" Barajas attended a community college in Seattle to be near his older brother, who was studying at the University of Washington. Barajas and his family are from Mattawa, a town in the center of Washington with a population of approximately 4,600 people. When his brother went off to school, he invited Joey to visit. He moved and once there, instead of picking up books for studies, he picked up an addictive hobby: gambling. Eventually he decided to be more intentional about school— and his relationship with God.

India Medley

Personalizing God's Promises

This is a brief profile of an Adventist who works in an essential role during this time of uncertainty and crisis — a glimpse into India Medley’s life and faith. We thank her and many others for their service, and encourage our readers to continue to pray for them.

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God’s Agents of Positive Change

Today, we take a stand against racism. Today, we commit to stand up against injustice. Today, we commit to be the voice of those who do not have one. Today, we commit to do what God requires of us: “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly.”

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Amid Increased Racial Tensions, NAD Issues Statement Calling Members to Serve as Conduits of Peace

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America hears the voices of Black Americans and others, and calls upon our churches and members to serve as conduits of peace and hope to our Black brothers and sisters. We recognize their pain and the injustice they face, and strive to serve as their voices when they are silenced by those seeking to quiet them.

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I’m an Adventist, Not a Conspiracy Theorist

If you grew up Adventist, you may have been a victim of “Time of Trouble” warnings. If you were like me, you had nightmares as a 10-year-old of fleeing into the wilderness with a backpack filled with a Bible, The Great Controversy, and maybe a can of Fri-Chik to sustain you and your surviving family for the next two months, or until Jesus returned. Perhaps my experience is different than yours, but topics such as the "Time of Trouble" seem less and less in vogue within mainstream Adventism in our territory. Why might this be the case?

Lebanon Adventist class shattered windows

"We Can All Pray"

NAD Communication Director Dan Weber interviews Rick McEdward, the president of the Middle East North Africa Union, about his service as a missionary from the NAD. In this video interview, McEdward also shares the latest update on the situation in Beirut, Lebanon, after the recent explosion that has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, and how the church is helping in the community.

Fresno Adventist Academy food giveaway

Two Hours. 4,302 People.

This was not part of anyone’s 2020 vision. The line of cars snaking through the academy’s parking lot backed up almost a mile down the street. More than 100 volunteers from eight local churches working together for the sake of one goal: to serve our community.