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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In Churches Across North America, "A Pale Horse Rides" to Explore the Reformation's 500th Anniversary

Trust in organized religion has declined significantly in recent years. In fact, the Pew Research Center recently released a report revealing that the Christian share of the population fell eight percent between 2007 and 2014.

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The Fragrance of Our Gracious God

We’d never miss the Armistice Day Parade. My dad would take us out of school, the only time of the year, and drive us to downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We’d go to the center of town and the people — the national armies — would march on and on.

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Assistant Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Provides Support for Hurricane Victims

Chaplain Washington Johnson II, Commander, Deputy Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard for Reserve Matters, answered the call to duty to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Christian Record Services, Inc. Announces New VP for Finance

Christian Record Services, Inc. (dba Christian Record Services for the Blind and National Camps for Blind Children) is pleased to welcome Lonnie Kreiter as the organization’s vice president for finance.

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Andrews University Student's Film Nominated for an Oscar

Sept. 20, 2017, Berrien Springs, Michigan — Nina Vallado’s film “Sisterly” was recently selected as one of just seven finalists from more than 1,600 documentary film entries for the 2017 Student Academy Awards.

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Lake Union Conference Elects Maurice R. Valentine as New President

Sept. 21, 2017, Berrien Springs, Michigan – Maurice R. Valentine II, was elected as president of the Lake Union Conference during today’s special executive committee session.

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Memorial Service Set for Charles Teel, Jr., Beloved La Sierra University Professor

Charles Teel, Jr., beloved La Sierra University professor of religion and society, social justice crusader, and missions advocate, died on Sept. 1, 2017, at age 78 after a brief battle with West Nile Virus. He was just two months into his retirement.

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New Vice President Named at Pacific Press

On Friday, Sept., 8, 2017, the Pacific Press Publishing Association board of directors voted to invite Miguel Valdivia to assume the role of vice president of product development. Valdivia replaces Jerry D. Thomas, who served in that position for the past nine years.


On a Mission to Stop Human Sex Trafficking: Profile on Renee Battle-Brooks

It’s a question she asks herself almost everywhere she goes — to the dry cleaners, grocery store, local mall, a movie theater, and yes, even when she steps onboard a plane. Over the years, the question has evolved into many questions: Is she here? What does she look like? Does she need my help?

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"Hear Their Voices" Event Unites Community Against Human Sex Trafficking

embers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and representatives from Veronica’s Voice and other community organizations hosted Hear Their Voices on Sept. 9-10, 2017, in Kansas City, Kansas, to offer education for prevention of human sex trafficking and raise support for trafficking survivors.