This Month's Issue

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden

This year marks the 125th anniversary of our beloved Columbia Union Conference Visitor magazine. Starting in 1895 in the Ohio Conference as The Welcome Visitor, it has evolved under the helm of 30 known editors.

No editor was listed during the first few years of publication. Copies of the four-page, black and white journal seem to indicate a joint publishing effort by conference leaders. They charged 35 cents for an annual subscription, that was to be paid up front. 

If you do a scholarly search for "sola scriptura," most of the references come since 1970, said David Trim at the Columbia Union Union Conference 2019 Leadership Summit. "This is telling us something. How we understand the primacy of the Scripture is big deal in the last years."

Alec Ryrie, a professor at Durham University, presented "How Do You Know the Bible is the Word of God?" at the Columbia Union Conference 2019 Leadership Summit themed Sola Scriptura.

"The way to know Scripture… Is to encounter it to with our whole selves. ... immerse yourself in it, to be swept along by it," shared Ryrie.

See more presentations from the event here.

Professor Bogdon Scur

Bogdan Scur, a professor at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., presented "A Case for Biblical Exegesis in the Local Church" at the Columbia Union Conference 2019 Leadership Summit.

"If we aren’t sure about what we should believe because we’re confused about Biblical passages, we will be confused about the nature of God," said Scur.

Watch more presentations at columbiaunionvisitor.com/solascriptura.