Archive for the ‘Historical Authors’ Category

Work for the Youth, Light Bearers to the Remnant, page 162

March 7, 2009

Work for the Youth

With improved Sabbath Schools and the founding of Battle Creek Col-
lege in 1874 most adult Seventh-day Adventists seemed to feel that they
had adequately provided for the spiritual needs of their children and
youth. Not all youthful Adventists shared this view. In the summer of 1879
fourteen-year-old Luther Warren and seventeen-year-old Harry Fenner
of rural Hazelton, Michigan, began to discuss how they might help their
less-spiritual friends. Soon they devised the idea of a boys’ missionary

The six or eight boys persuaded to attend the first meetings in Luther’s
bedroom were somewhat shy about praying, singing, and planning litera-
ture distribution together. They persisted, however, and before long some
of the girls in the church desired to join their society. Meetings were
moved into the parlor under the eye of a friendly adult. Soon activities
broadened to include picnics, taffy pulls, sleigh rides, and other social
events. But Hazelton was too far from the main centers of Adventism. The
youth society there remained a local affair. It would be another quarter of a
century before the General Conference would see the advantages of
systematically promoting organizations such as the one Warren and Fen-
ner had begun for the young people of their hometown. 22

Ellen White’s First Vision

January 10, 2009

Visions and Revisions Part 1

by Ron Graybill

Ministry Magazine published this first of three parts in their February 1994 edition. It is a textual study of Ellen White’s first vision.

Ron Graybill’s writings address some of the more perplexing issues raised by critics. In examining Ellen White’s first vision, Graybill used a computer program to identify the differences.

I appreciate Graybill’s thoroughness. When he addresses an issue, he examines what seems like every known angle. Here is his list of the printings of Ellen White’s first vision:

Printings of Ellen White’s First Vision

1846—”Letter From Sister Harmon,” The Day-Star 9 (Jan. 24,1846): pp. 31, 32. (This is a DjVu file. A free download of the DjVu is available **HERE** )

1846—”To the Little Remnant Scattered Abroad,” broadside, Apr. 6, 1846.

1847—”A Word to the ‘Little Flock,’” pamphlet, May 30, 1847.

1851—”Experience and Views” Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Extra, July 21, 1851.

1851—A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: James White, 1851), pp. 9-15.

1860—Spiritual Gifts (Battle Creek, Mich.: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1860), vol. 2, pp. 30-35, 52-55.

1882—Early Writings (Battle Creek, Mich.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1882), pp. 9-15.

1883—”To the Remnant Scattered Abroad,” pamphlet, 1883.

1885—Testimonies for the Church (Oakland: Pacific Press Pub. Assn.,1885), vol. 1, pp. 58-61, 67-70.

1906—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1906), pp. 13-20.

1945—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1945), pp. 13-20.

Graybill serves as a role model for amateur historians seeking to remain positive even while they address serious issues.

Schwarz, SDA History, Online Reading

December 30, 2008

R. W. Schwarz, Light Bearers to the Remnant (Mountain View, CA: PPPA, 1979)

(The links provided are all DjVu files. A DjVu Browzer Plugin can be downloaded from this site: DjVu Plugin)




1. The World in Which Adventism Began 13
2. The Great Advent Awakening 24
3. The Millerite Movement, 1839-1844 37
4. After the Disappointment 53
5. Using the Printed Page 72
6. Organizational Birth Pangs 86


7. Becoming Health Reformers 104
8. Starting an Educational System 118
9. Worldwide Outreach, 1868-1885 134
10. Organizational Developments, 1864-1887 151
11. Doctrinal Developments, 1849-1888 166
12. Righteousness by Faith: Minneapolis and Its Aftermath 183


13. The Expansion of Institutions, 1877-1900 198
14. Mission Advance, 1887-1900 214
15. Entering a Neglected Field 233
16. Troubles Within and Without 250
17. The Reorganization Movement, 1888-1903 267


18. The Kellogg Crisis, 1901-1907 282
19. The Dispersion From Battle Creek 299
20. New Institutions, New Challenges 314
21. Giving the Trumpet “A Certain Sound” 333
22. Into All the World 354
23. Organizational Refinements 373
24. Debates Over Nonessentials 393
25. The Final Years of Ellen White 408
26. Two World Wars Affect a World Church 424


27. Dissident Movements 445
28. Bright Lights Flicker and Fade 462
29. Developing a Professional Ministry 481
30. Meeting Financial Pressures 497
31. The Church Confronts the Secular World 512
32. Relationships With Other Christians 531
33. The Expanding Role of Laymen 547
34. The Rise of Indigenous and Ethnic Leadership 564
35. Dramatic Breakthroughs in Evangelism 579
36. Impact of the Health Message 598
37. Still a Bible-oriented Church 615
38. What of the Future? 628

Chronological Data 630