This past Sabbath the teacher of our Adventist Today Sabbath Seminar, Dr. Reinder Bruinsma, described Adventist Today in a way that was meaningful to me. He said, “Adventist Today is a city of refuge for a lot of Adventists.”
I’ve heard many Adventists say something like that. One man wrote to me recently:
In this town to which my career took me, the only congregation available is one where I don’t feel understood—really, by anyone. I attend, because I believe in the Sabbath, and I want to support the congregation for others. But personally, I don’t fit in. I can’t speak what’s in my heart. I feel like a spiritual orphan here—which is why I read Adventist Today, and why I attend (as often as I can) the Adventist Today Sabbath Seminar.
Letters like that confirm that Adventist Today is a “city of refuge” for those who seek a different kind of Adventist faith.
What kind of faith? One that is unapologetically gospel-oriented: God’s grace—not some imaginary perfectionism—is our strength. A faith that is as accepting of all varieties and lifestyles of people as Jesus was. A faith that doesn’t major in fear and guilt, in rules and conspiracies, but that exalts God’s mercy and love. A faith that makes us want to reach out to help others, not just evangelize them.
We at Adventist Today are devoted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church: we want it to be the best church that it can be. We expressed that in the most recent issue of our magazine, “The Adventist Future Project,” where we asked scholars from around the world to imagine a better future for this precious church—a church that so often has preferred to live in the past.
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Adventist Today Executive Editor