Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism
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With hundreds of easily-found alphabetical entries and valuable introductory articles, this small volume will be invaluable to you as you understand and explain the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
Who needs a dictionary of Seventh-day Adventism? You do!
For readers new to Adventism, this pocket dictionary will:
- Provide a clear explanation of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines and their history
- Explore the relationship between Ellen G. White’s writings and the Bible
- Help you understand unfamiliar terminology
- Introduce you to some of the interesting people who shaped our faith family
- Teach you the meaning and background of some of our unique lingo
- Answer your questions about Adventist lifestyle
- Explain even complex theological terms in an easy-to-understand way.
With hundreds of easily-found alphabetical entries and valuable introductory articles, even long-term Adventists can discover better ways to explain some of the important and exceptional elements of our faith.
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An Interview with the Author by Dale Galusha:
Those of us who have spent all, or most, of our life in the Adventist Church, are fluent in our own "language"—acronyms, phrases, programs, titles, names, events, and places. . . the list goes on and on. But for someone new to the church all this Adventist jargon can be overwhelming and confusing.
That's why Dr. Michael Campbell, professor of religion at Southwestern Adventist University, has written the Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism. Recently Dr. Campbell shared some thoughts with me about his book.
Are new Adventists the sole intended audience for your new book?
No. Of course, the Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism is meant for those who have recently joined the church. But there is enough depth and richness in the information it provides that even lifelong Adventists will find it helpful and should learn some things about their church they haven't known before. So one could say that from the beginning, I really had a dual audience in mind as I wrote the book.
In a nutshell, how would you describe the book?
It’s a basic primer on all things Adventist. Our church is so rich with meaning, whether one looks at our theological heritage or our lifestyle practices. Add to that the various traditions that we have developed over time and all the details of our organizational structure, and it often becomes difficult for someone not immersed in Adventist culture to understand what is going on or what they hear someone talking about. So this book seeks to provide a sort of tour guide to Adventism—some short orientations along with the basic vocabulary to help someone get started on the Advent path.
What are some ways you see this book being used?
My dream is to see every person who is either receiving Bible studies or who is newly baptized receive this book as part of a discipleship process. The Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism makes a great gift. I’ve had several pastors tell me that they intend to make sure every new member who comes into their church receives a copy.
I also hope the book can be helpful in religion classes, especially basic orientation classes about Adventist beliefs. Many students, even in Adventist schools, aren't as familiar as they could be with the language of Adventism. In my own teaching, I’ve found it very helpful working with students who were attending an Adventist school for the first time and who did not have an Adventist background. In fact, it was students at Southwestern Adventist University asking me questions about the meaning of different Adventist words or phrases that helped inspire the project.
Another way this book could be used would be as the basis for a prayer meeting series reviewing Adventist culture. Such a series could highlight Adventist beliefs, history, and vocabulary, and provide opportunities for interesting discussions. I’d love feedback from such groups since I’m sure there are more terms that could be added to future editions or definitions that could be tweaked and improved based on more specific applications especially in various cultural contexts around the globe.
Last but not least, Adventism has grown into a truly global community. I’ve found examples of well-meaning Adventists misunderstanding core aspects of Adventist belief and lifestyle simply because someone incorrectly translated an English term. Since Adventism arose in an American context where English was spoken, clearly understanding those words is important. It can make a difference. So I hope that the Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism can make a contribution, especially for those who wish to understand important Adventist words and phrases in the English language. This book could actually make for a fun book for an “English as a Second Language” class in settings where people are trying to learn English.
Anything else you might add. . .
The Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism isn’t intended to be the final word. I especially appreciate feedback, so if readers think of an important word or phrase that they expected to find in the book or perhaps a better way to define a word or phrase, I would love to hear from them. I’m a teacher and pastor so I love learning and especially enjoy learning from others.
“This volume may be designed and labeled as a pocket dictionary, but it’s a library of important information that should be placed in the hands of every member, especially new believers. It’s like a fountain flowing with insights and helpful hints to deepen understanding of our faith community. I can’t wait to introduce it to my students as an important companion text to augment great preaching from Adventist pulpits.”
~ Hyveth Williams, DMin, professor of homiletics and director of doctor of ministry program, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University
“Once again Michael Campbell has pioneered a pocket dictionary that will be most useful to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. New converts to Adventism will find the introductory essays informative and the alphabetical entries clear and concise. Veteran Adventists will appreciate the succinct elucidation of important theological terms. Whether one is engaged in theological discussion or personal study, this handy little volume will be a sought-after friend. Dr. Campbell has provided the definitive guide to understanding Adventist lingo and lifestyle.”
~ Jud Lake, ThD, DMin, professor of homiletics and Adventist studies, Southern Adventist University
“Michael Campbell introduces his new Pocket Dictionary with a brief introduction to Adventism and its history. What follow are brief treatments of a wide variety of terms, personalities, slang, and theology. It covers Adventist ideas and people as well as many ideas and individuals from a broad Christian background. If you are curious about “haystacks” or the “hypostatic union”, there is an entry in this book for it.
~ Edward Allen, DMin, PhD, professor and chair of religion, Union College
“This is an ideal book for the curious, the questioning, and the committed. The curious who wonder about different aspects of Adventism can find their questions answered herein. The questioning—”What do the phrases and words I hear when I visit an Adventist Church mean?”—will discover many answers in this slim volume. And the committed— those of us who grew up in Adventism, as did I—will find it very interesting to peruse the pages, look up varied entries, and appreciatively discover better ways to explain the unique elements of our faith. I highly recommend it!”
~ Randy Roberts, senior pastor, Loma Linda University Church
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