In our continuing “Difficult Decisions” Series, we begin our discussion on a long time institution in our conference, and in most conferences the Adventist Book Center, or, as it is euphemistically known “the ABC”.
If you have had the wonderful privilege that I have had to grow up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and you have been around as long as I have, you go back to the days when the ABC was known as “The Book and Bible House.”
Incidentally, there are things that are a dead giveaway that you have been blessed to have been around a long time: such as knowing that the ABC was once called, “The Book and Bible House” (my youngest sister, Lori, still calls it that), or if you remember when the Adventist Youth Society (AYS) was called the Missionary Volunteer Society (MV). There was even a song about “Missionary Volunteers,” I started to quote it, but then I remembered that I might get the conference into trouble if I quoted the song in this blog without getting permission, another sign of how things have changed.
And, you never could have MV without singing, Song Number Four in the MV songbook (or whatever they called it) “The Captain Calls For You.” When I was Youth Director, we had a Pastors’ Family Retreat and I had the AYS program for the Pastors and their families. We decided to make it an old-fashioned AYS, and we used as the opening song, “The Captain Calls You,” which all of us old Adventists sang lustily, while our children looked at us as though we were speaking a foreign language.
The ABC is part of that Adventist legacy. But today, that part of our legacy (along with other parts of it) is in danger. Virtually every morning in my […]