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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The Broken Church

In every pew sits a broken heart. Even those who look good and smell good. Even those who answer all the questions correctly and can sing the morning hymn without even looking at the hymnal. The enemy is clever and tenacious. And all of us come to worship fresh from the battlefield.

2019 pastor appreciation month stock photo

Debunking Six Myths about Your Pastor…

Throughout the years I’ve heard several myths about pastors. With October (and Pastoral Appreciation Month) getting ready to start, I thought I’d do a little pastoral myth busting.

Sept 11 2001 remembrance of twin towers, night photo

Telling a New Generation About 9/11

On every September 11 since 2001, I remember two events: that it is my grandmother’s birthday; and watching the news reports of planes crash into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and a field in Pennsylvania. And while the utter disbelief, crippling fear, and raw emotions from that day 18 years ago have faded, memories of busy signals on cell phones, silent skies, footage of falling buildings and people, photographs of ash-covered pedestrians, and victim and first-responder interviews remain in sharp focus. For my children, however, born after this infamous date in American history, there is no recollection, no memory.

Magabooks

Partners in Preparing the Harvest

Literature mission work in the NAD is changing lives. Read about some of the outreach being accomplished across the division.

2019 Chosen International Camporee opening night fireworks

"Chosen" in Oshkosh: An Essay in Photos

The NAD Office of Communication team share just a few photo highlights from the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee before the quiet again came to the fields of the EAA. These are small glimpses into the massive, bustling event, where Jesus took center stage, along with His “chosen” youth.

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Swamped at Oshkosh!

Adventist Education wasn't sure what to expect when they opened for business in an airplane hanger at the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee. Would kids come? If they did, would they stay? Was there anything that really would grab them, engage them, and most importantly, inspire them?

Nepal Group

Iowa-Missouri Pathfinder Club Sees Miracles, Dreams for Oshkosh Realized

Anna Coridan, the missionary to Nepal and Kansas City, and leader of the NC4Y Pathfinder Club from the Iowa-Missouri Conference can’t get a photo alone — and she doesn’t want to. The youth crush around her, and her committed team members stand with her. They recognize someone answering God’s call and following Him as the doors open, the waters part, and the ball drives over the goal line. They’ve seen God work out the impossible, and they want to be on His team.

Bemnet Meried

Fleeing to Freedom

He approached the lake in the middle of the night, one of nearly 20 people. The unfamiliar path toward freedom was on the opposite side of a lake, in a country he had never visited—Sudan. As the boat began to leave the shore, Meried recalled a passage from Isaiah 43:2: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee” (KJV).

2014 Oshkosh

A Camporee Experience

What if I told you that spending a full five or six days in an open field, surrounded by 50,000 people or more, walking five to 10 miles per day, having to go to porta potties and bathe in shower houses, and sleeping in a tent and trying to keep up with a group of teens and preteens would be the best experience that you could ever have this summer? This is what happens every five years at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) airfields in OshKosh, Wisconsin.

Pastor Joshua Nelson and Paul Scott

My Message Testimony

At Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Albany, Georgia, we are trying to follow Christ's method of ministry by being involved with our community. Our hope is to win the confidence of our community and position the Adventist church as service and spiritual leaders in the city. Message magazine, with its new tracts and Bible studies, is proving to be a perfect vehicle to realize this vision.