Thank God It Is Over!

It is possible that the above caption depicts the feelings of some persons. And understandably so, as the year has been most challenging and distressing owing to a degree of joblessness; possibly the highest level of violent crime in our nation's history; extensive road works that inconvenienced numerous businesses and citizens in general; high fuel price that drove up the cost of goods and services. Read More...

Let There Be Peace on Earth

The lyrics for the hymn “Let there be peace on earth” at best capture and convey a most needed gift and remedy for current ills and social issues threatening to erode and destroy a wonderful legacy known as the Bahamas bequeathed to us. Read More...

It Is That Time Again

The month of December is welcomed for many reasons. For starts, it marks the end of the hurricane season and the beginning of the festive season. Children and other relatives return home as well as visit. Additionally, there are numerous Christmas programs and
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Principles of Christian Leadership

Admittedly, when the subject of leadership is broached, one thinks of John Maxwell among others. However, for this weekly I focus on a former general conference president and experienced leader of many years, Juan Paulsen. Read More...

Positive Year-round!


Last week, thanksgiving was observed in North America; however, there is need to consider a spirit of gratitude on a year round basis. To me, I call this thanks living.
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A Definition of Sin

The Bible defines sin as “the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV), a failure to act by anyone “who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it” (James 4:17, NIV); and according to the Apostle Paul, “whatever is not from faith” (Rom. 14:23) is sin. Essentially, sin is “Any deviation from the known will of God, either of neglect to do what He has specifically commanded or of doing what He has specifically forbidden” (“Sin, I,” SDA Bible Dictionary, rev. ed., p. 1042). Read More...

Why Pray So Much?

I am sure you have heard the above question. Perhaps you might have even posed it. Do we really pray much? What about church committees? What do they do when they meet? Is it all business and decision-making? Read More...

How Do You Know If God Spoke?

The expression “God spoke to me” is becoming more and more prevalent among many. Years ago, such an expression would have been associated with persons in the church; however, it has become the language of those who lay no claim to regular church attendance or being committed Christians. How can we know if God really spoke to a person? Read More...

BLESS THIS HOUSE! WHICH HOUSE?

By Keith L Major

This past Sunday, October 30, 2011, people of various strata of society and the Seventh-day Adventist Church converged on Gladstone Road for the dedication of the new regional headquarters for the church in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands. Leaders from all the fields were present. Read More...

When Tested and Tried

Within recent weeks, I have spent time seeking to sensitize you to the fact that misunderstanding, persecution, and the like will touch us at some time or the other. Therefore, it is important that we be aware, and anticipate these things, so that when they come we will not be surprised. Read More...

Called to Faithfulness

In a recent devotion, I came across a most poignant quote that inspired me at a most needed occasion, and as such I share it with you; for I am convinced that it is likely to encourage you. Read More...

Living in Tension


In the insightful book by former General Conference president, Jan Paulsen, entitled, “Where Are We Going?” he includes a chapter captioned, “Living in the Tension.” Read More...

Truly, God Is Good!

The above caption describes how I feel about the blessings of God toward me, especially in the area of writing. In fact, I am reluctant to share this update for fear of coming across as touting my horn. Read More...

Attitude for Difficult Times

Inarguably these are hard economic times with the attending short work week, reduced pay packet and layoffs. Read More...

What Went Wrong?

Recently a national day of prayer was observed in the Bahamas in response to the spate of crime comprising of a high murder rate for 2011. Ministers from all the major denominations, the Seventh-day Adventist Church included, participated in a service at the Transfiguration Baptist Church and other sites throughout the capital, to petition God for the eradication or a reduction in violent crime. Read More...

Adventist Education: Is It Optional?

A Must Read
In 2009 I was introduced to a book titled How to Kill Adventist Education. The caption really got my attention; and thus I obtained the book, and read it. Read More...

Embracing the Total Package

Is it Possible?
Is it possible to be a Seventh-day Adventist and not accept the Sabbath? Is it possible to be a Seventh-day Adventist and not accept the Second Coming doctrine? It would seem preposterous to ask such questions of a Seventh-day Adventist, as both the Sabbath and Second Coming doctrines are embedded and entrenched in the name Seventh-day Adventist.
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A Look at Vision One Million

Today I share with you excerpts from the Vision One Million document with the hope of further sensitizing you to this wonderful initiative of the Inter-American Division and by extension the Atlantic Caribbean Union Read More...

Additional Benifits of Studying Your Sabbath School Lesson

A response to Dr. Leonard A Johnson’s weekly ministerial article AUGUST 18, 2011

Dr. Johnson’s weekly ministerial article, “DID YOU STUDY?” elicited many other thoughts and reasons for study in my mind. The article was timely. I thought of ten other benefits I receive from such study.

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Did You Study?

I am certain that the above question is quite familiar to you. In fact, every Sabbath it is put to each member present in every Sabbath school class. Essentially, the question seeks to ascertain those who studied the lesson for the week. Read More...

This Too Shall Pass

I would imagine that many of you have heard the musical piece, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Yolanda Adams. Whether you have or have not heard it does not negate the fact that a most powerful message is conveyed. It is a message that “Trouble will not last forever.” Read More...

Mentoring

One of the greatest blessings as an elder, pastor, director and even an administrator is having someone who listens, collaborate with you and help you in problem solving. Essentially it is someone that you can look up to as a guide. As noted that can be a real benefit in many ways for each one of us faces challenges and situations we never imagined or anticipated and having one to stand alone side can be most re-assuring. This is basically mentoring and as one reads the Bible he or she will see several examples of this in both old and new testaments. Read More...

Communication in Today's World

It is no secret that today's world is somewhat diverse from that of 20 years ago in dress, thinking, and in the way that people respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in some instances. These realities and the fact that the church has been mandated to reach all people with a message of salvation pose a challenge as to how the church communicates its message of hope. How does the church appeal to today’s youth with a message that it considers relevant and necessary for life now and later? How does the church reach Muslims, Buddhists and Atheists who have little, if any, appreciation for “the message”? I am of the view that for communication to take place there must be a message, a messenger, and a recipient; and of course there must be understanding, or what is referred to as encoding and decoding. Accordingly, I present the following points that I hope will prove useful and beneficial. Read More...

Heeding The Word

The above caption is more than a group of words or phrase. Actually, it is the second emphasis of the world church’s overarching theme, Revival and Reformation. The first segment known as Constant in Prayer was launched in February of this year in the Dominican Republic with Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter American Division.
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The Spirit of Sacrifice

Have you ever thought, “What is sacrifice? To me it is giving that which you value, enjoy and would want to have. An online dictionary explains that sacrifice is “a surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable or of preventing some evil.” (www.thefreedictionary.com/sacrifice). Read More...

Thirty-Eight and Growing

As the Bahamas prepares to celebrate its 38th anniversary of independence, unfortunately, a dark cloud of violent crime hovers over the nation. While celebrations befitting our nation’s birthday will go on as scheduled, they will do so against the back drop of a measure of pain brought on by brutal crime which, this year, is likely to result in possibly the highest murder rate for our nearly 40-year-old nation. The festive mood of many is indeed colored by fear and anxiety, while some are apparently oblivious to what is happening in the Bahamas. In an attempt to combat and arrest the ugly monster, the Bahamas Parliament, at the time of the writing of this article, is debating the Bail Act. Should it pass, it is likely to no doubt have a positive impact in stemming the tide. But more is needed from all pockets of the society; a greater participation of the citizenry of our nation is required. As for my contribution, I employ my proverbial pen to offer the following suggestions. Read More...

Baptism in Grand Style

I am currently at UNDECA, the Adventist University of Central America in Costa Rica, to fulfill the requirement for a Spanish course I started in 2010. Seeking to understand the Spanish language and culture, I believe the Lord would have me learn more. In the process, I have met many wonderful persons, acquired a taste for some local dishes, and I am learning about different ways of doing things, etc. However, a standout thus far would be a baptismal service that I witnessed a few weeks ago. It came at the end of a Week of Prayer conducted by two pastors in the University chapel, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Since as a pastor and church administrator I am acquainted with baptismal services, what was it about the baptism that caught my attention? I share the following points that I hope may be of interest to you. Read More...

Funeral Etiquette II

Purpose of the Funeral Service
While some focus on the person’s contribution is to be included in the service, there ought to be greater attention paid to God, the Creator of life. The sermon is not to speak to the dead but to the living. One’s destiny is sealed at the point of death, and thus nothing the preacher or anyone says or does can change that. Therefore, the living must be preached to; but when the time is taken up with extended preliminaries, it is possible that God is shortchanged. Read More...

Funeral Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette
Very few experiences cause stress for families like the passing of a loved one, especially if the death was tragic or unexpected. The loss can demand the unanticipated spending of money, and in some instances, it may require one to relate to several institutions and persons inclusive of insurance companies, place of employment, funeral home, cemetery, family members, and in no way least, a pastor, priest, or elder, etc. And yet, these interactions do not constitute the end of the ordeal for family members, as the funeral service itself can take on the unexpected, turning into a long and drawn-out sitting. Funeral services tend to vary in length because of several factors.
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A Look at Weddings

Among the most delightful and joyful celebrations performed by a pastor is that of a wedding, as it affords him the opportunity “to minister in a joyful and spiritual celebration for couples and their families and friends.” However, it can also turn out to be most embarrassing and disappointing for the same should certain and key guidelines be ignored and not adhered to. Accordingly, I attempt to share the following suggestions. Read More...

The Minister’s Family

Among the greatest blessings any minister can have is that of a supportive and understanding family. On the other hand, a minister’s family can be a major source of distraction, set back and discouragement to ministry. To avoid the latter, it is incumbent that the Pastor gives attention to the following: Read More...

Overcoming the Hurdles of Ministry

A Focus on the Family reports “a whopping 1,500 pastors will leave their churches . . . due to moral failure, burnout or contention within the congregation” (Pastors and Wives at the Breaking Point - Adventist Review online). Essentially, the above reference underscores problems and challenges within pastoral ministry. Given this reality, how does one handle the challenges and woes brought on by parishioners and colleagues? In this regard, I share the following points: Read More...

Touching the Unpleasant

Among those issues that some pastors and elders resent is confronting a person who is unfaithful in returning tithe and offering, and therefore the question, “What approach to take?” In fact, an article was published in the online Adventist Review, May 12th edition, titled: “Caring Enough to Confront.” Read More...

Administering a Church Part II

Last week, based on my experience, I shared with you what I considered a few steps for administering a church. Well, I admit that those steps were not exhaustive, and therefore I add the following. Read More...

Administering a Church

Administering a church can be a most fulfilling experience, and yet, on the other hand, it may prove most challenging. Read More...

The Importance of a Spiritual Life

Naturally Spiritual!
It is a bit presumptuous to ask pastors and elders to give attention to spirituality. After all it is assumed that those involved in spiritual work will be spiritual. However those of us who are pastors and elders know too well that spirituality is not automatic. Read More...

My Wish For The Season: From Union President Leonard Johnson

It is that time again when many in Christendom celebrate what is known or referred to as Easter. Read More...

Accessing Resources

There have been times that I have been asked regarding resources for elders and in some instances for pastors. Inarguably there are numerous books and tools for such persons electronically and otherwise. However for this weekly I will attempt to recommend certain basics or essentials. You may wish to add to my list. Read More...

A Call for a More Committed Ministry

It is with pleasure that I commence a weekly column entitled “The Ministerial Weekly” for pastors and elders. As Ministerial Director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union, I endeavor to inform, inspire and encourage pastors and elders with the view of encouraging such persons (myself included) to experience a greater sense of ministry. Read More...