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All those who tweet @ us or write on our wall will be entered in a draw, and two (2) will receive free books. Read the details here.
Week Two Giveaway! Recipients
Out of those who linked to us from their personal blog or website
Our contributors just love giving their books (and journals) away. This time we're going to send some gifts to those who are spreading
the word about Memory, Meaning & Faith. Two of those who link to us from their blog will get a two year subscription to AUSS. And one of those who submit an announcement about Memory, Meaning & Faith to their local church bulletin will receive a copy of The Trinity.
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Following our official drawing ceremony (involving a UPS box, our intrepid Church History Department administrative assistant, and tiny bits of paper) the recipients of our first round of gifts have been chosen at random from those who were among the first to subscribe to Memory, Meaning & Faith.
This weekend Memory, Meaning & Faith regular contributor Nick Miller will be blogging the 6th Triennial Meeting of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians. He will be posting evening updates on the presentations and proceedings at the campus of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. The sessions will cover topics such as "War Mongering," "Religion, Diversity & Change in the West," and "Race, Ethnicity & Adventist Church Governance." We look forward to Nick's reports on the sessions he attends.
Nick will also be tweeting the conference at Memory, Meaning & Faith on Twitter, where, among other things, you can find out what it's like to take a 12-hour road trip in a minivan full of historians.
Welcome to Memory, Meaning & Faith! You will notice from Who We Are, Why We're Here and What We Believe that we want to have a faith-building historical and theological dialogue that is Bible-based, Christian, and Adventist. Now I want to speak from my heart about what motivates me to want this dialogue.
My study of the early Christian church has taught me (at least) two things:
Protecting yourself against the possibility of being wrong sets you up to go farther and farther wrong, all the while claiming to be right.
Even people that are right sometimes make wrong choices with bad results and, conversely, even people that are wrong sometimes make right choices with good results.
I do not suggest by the second that there is no moral imperative to do right, but rather, that I can learn from the mistakes and successes of all people in history by standing on their shoulders and choosing to emulate that which is right and true. This, of course, means that I must critique all people and movements in history in both thought and action. The first thing I learned, however, means that I must also be willing to critique myself and my own movement and be critiqued by what I have found right and true in history.
This calls for an attitude of humility—neither arrogance nor sheepishness, neither vindictiveness nor quiescence, neither defensiveness nor an attitude of aggression. I believe in acting with confidence while standing ready to be corrected, in teaching with authority while remaining teachable, in listening and not just speaking, in critiquing all thoughts and actions while respecting all people and leaving the judgment to God. I also believe that truth can stand being inspected and must be in order to be passed on. This is the attitude I intend to have permeate the discussions on this blog. You are welcome to join in.
Check out our giveaway! This week we'll be giving away books authored by our regular contributors, including John Reeve, as a way of saying thank you for subscribing to us on Facebook, Twitter, and via our email newsletter. More information is available here. -DH