OUTLOOK editors Brennan Hallock (1-5) and Brenda Dickerson share their picks


1. To Those Who Have Survived—And Those Who Care

Connie Nelson, Oct. 5, 2018

2018 saw the breakout of the #MeToo movement, a movement that I believe has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on our society. While the impact of this movement has been positive for the future, it is digging up some awful events of the past. Connie Nelson talks in this post about her own experiences with sexual assault and how Christians should take this issue seriously rather than attacking the victims.

2. My Conclusion—The Barrier of the Sexes Is Still Raging

Teresa Thompson, Aug. 6, 2018

Another major part of 2018 in the Adventist Church has been the ongoing fight over a woman’s role in the church. Teresa Thompson briefly addresses the fact that in order to achieve unity in the church, the unbiblical gender barrier that currently exists must be broken down. She points out that God’s spirit will be poured out on all flesh, your sons and your daughters will prophesy.

3. Discoveries in Ghana, West Africa

Bailee Coler, June 26, 2018

This post of a student’s experience visiting Ghana tactfully brings forward the need for us to lose our hyper-judgmental view of other cultures. We are conditioned to look at other cultures as dangerous, which helps excuse our lack of support for those who need it. In reality, we are often the ones lacking. We may not be lacking financially, but we have much to learn.

4. A Tale of Two Doctors

Sabrina Riley, April 18, 2018

Sabrina Riley delves into history with this post, telling the story of two doctors during the WWI era and their divergent relationships with the Sabbath. The story is both educational and inspirational, as it tells about U.S. history and one doctor’s will to follow his convictions.

5. Christian Superstitions

Ed Dickerson, Sept. 26, 2018

As someone who enjoys etymology, I appreciate this post about the fluidity of language within the church. Different words mean different things to different people in different situations. Because of this, we must not jump to conclusions, cast judgment, and assume we know everything about someone solely based on the words or phrases they use.

Throwback Winners

Although none were originally published in 2018, these five articles/series from past years keep making the Top 10 list in our Google analytics.

6. 10 Reasons Why I Love God (and you should too)

Guest author Johann De Dier encourages us to acknowledge what Jesus is doing in our lives and give Him the affection He deserves today.

7. Rested or Rusted? 10 Fun Things to Do on Sabbath

Tech entrepreneur Chris McConnell offers a variety of suggestions for celebrating Sabbaths in a meaningful way.

8. 5 Ways to Stay Devoted to God

OUTLOOK blogger Rachel Ashworth shows how biblical devotion is something we are, not something we do.

9. 3 Ways of Knowing When the Gift of Prophecy is Revealed

In her three-part series, author Lydia Young-Samson shares a journey toward understanding the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the life of Christ.

10. The Teacher’s Notes 

Every week Teresa Thompson researches, writes and posts The Teacher’s Notes to assist leaders of adult Sabbath school classes that study the General Conference-produced lesson quarterly. As such, The Teacher’s Notes connect us weekly with Seventh-day Adventists from nearly 50 countries around the globe.