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  1. Human signs
    X Æ A-Xii is the name Elon Musk, the maverick billionaire who recently financed the first private trip into space, tried to call his son. Isaiah, the prophet, was told by God to name his child Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, meaning quick to plunder, swift to spoil (Isaiah 8:1–4). He was told before his wife was pregnant to register the name with the priest and write a sign about it.  Later, Isaiah was asked by God to take his clothes off (Isaiah 20:1-4) and live naked for three years (I am pleased God...
  2. Program seeks to motivate youth Bible study at home in northern Bahia state, Brazil
    Seventh-day Adventists in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia cheered June 27 when two churches reopened and four people were baptized in the pre-dawn hours of that Sabbath day. But for others still at home, especially children in homes without internet access, it was still a lonely Sabbath, like the dozen or so before it thanks to the novel coronavirus and resulting quarantines. In the village of Itatiaia, in Capim Grosso, Bahia, Edileusa de Jesus Nunes arrived at a gate of a house in a...
  3. Hundreds of Minneapolis youth march for justice and healing
    On Saturday, June 20, 2020, hundreds of youth and young adults took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with “A Cry for Justice and Healing,” an outreach event aimed at rebuilding the city and regaining a sense of peace. The event, held in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, was attended by more than 350 volunteers, 16 Adventist churches, and officials from three conferences (Lake Region, Central States, and Minnesota conferences). The day began on the steps of Minneapolis...
  4. Jonah and Bar-Jonah
    One day, Mr. Jonah, a small-town man from Gath-hepher, ran off to the seaport of Joppa on a mission to avoid an assignment in big city Nineveh. I imagine he scanned the sailing times for ships, searching for the best option. Perhaps there were tantalizing discounts for prophets, even minor prophets. Finally, a ship bound for Tarshish caught his eye. He thought he’d purchased a standard Mediterranean cruise, but soon discovered that it included free underwater adventure activities. Mr. Jonah and...
  5. Happyhand Donates Fifty Thousand To Shelter
    HappyHand promised NOK 30,000 to the Crisis Centre in Moss. They got NOK 50,000. Each month, the HappyHand second-hand store in Moss, Norway distributes its profits from sales to charitable purposes at home and abroad. The shop is run by volunteers from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Moss. For the month of June, the profits went to the local Crisis Centre. Representatives from the centre came to receive the NOK 30,000 [EUR 2,800] which they had been promised a few weeks ago. However, just...