In this episode, we share a presentation Jeff Boyd gave in late September 2016 (not October, as erroneously stated in the introduction) at the Michiana Adventist Forum, which is held at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.
Jeff addresses four questions: What is peace? What does Adventism offer peacemakers? What is the Adventist Peace Fellowship? How can we be more effective and faithful peacemakers?
To begin, I (Jeff) address four introductory points: my t-shirt, the “peace onion” I described in the original presentation, Tiny Hands International, and these very show notes. See below for a slideshow of the presentation/podcast.
6:05 Blessed are the demonstrators.
7:40 (1) What is peace?
For this portion, I relied on two of my writings. First, the chapter “Peace, War, and Nonviolence” in Church and Society: Missiological Challenges for the Seventh-day Adventist Church (pp. 229-263). Second, I used quotes on “shalom” that I have collected in a blog post, “Toward a Definition of Shalom.”
14:45 Peace Onion, as flawed as it is.
16:30 (2) What does Adventism offer peacemakers?
23:45 (2.2) Adventist History. Semi-random sampling:
- Ellen White on the Fugitive Slave Act (EGW Writings & EllenWhite.org).
- James White on fasting and prayer to end the US Civil War (EGW Writings & EllenWhite.org):
- George W. Amadon (1865) – “Why Seventh-day Adventists Cannot Engage in War.”
- Voting & War – 1865 GC Statement
- John Harvey Kellogg – Mission work in Chicago (Douglas Morgan, Adventism and the American Republic, pp. 60-61)
- A. T. Jones Sermon (Spectrum)
- Percy Magan: Douglas Morgan (Adventism and the American Republic, pp. 68-69) – Peril of the Republic, 1899 (Google Books & AdventistHeritage.org)
- GC Letter to President Harding (Bill Knott, Adventist Review).
32:10 (2.3) Hope and (2.4) Realism. I wrote about Joseph Bates and Anson Byington on the Adventist Peace Fellowship blog. This draws on Douglas Morgan’s book, Adventism and the American Republic.
39:00 (2.5) Great Controversy Theme. Demonstration. I think the first time I wrote about this was in the chapter "The Deck-Chair Shuffle?" in Do Justice: Our Call to Faithful Living (pp. 50-55).
44:55 (3) What is the Adventist Peace Fellowship?
47:55 (4) How can I be a more faithful and effective peacemaker?
For this section, I mostly drew on the end of my chapter "Peace, War, & Nonviolence" in Church and Society. If you're interested in conflict transformation, John Paul Lederach is a great person to start with.
53:55 Peace Weeks
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