The Radical Politics of Our First GC President, John Byington
Brian Strayer

John Byington photo

Probably the image most Adventists have of Elder John Byington is based on the only photograph they’ve ever seen which portrays the aged patriarch as a silver-haired, balding, bearded, wrinkled, scowling preacher in a black frockcoat and white shirt buttoned tightly around the neck. Consequently, they might be surprised to learn that he was a … [Click to read more …]

Authority and Individual Conscience

Martin Luther before Emperor Image © Providence Collection from

Sunday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson states that “Over the long centuries, people have struggled to understand the role and function of government and how citizens should relate to it. What gives rulers the right to rule?” It is worthwhile for all of us to think about the role of government and our … [Click to read more …]