Do you remember singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Sabbath School as a young child? “… Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Jesus loves everyone, but as His followers, we often struggle to follow His example.
In A Third Great Disappointment for the Remnant Pastor Birch presents his research findings on race relations, the Millerite movement, slavery, the Civil War, segregation, the evangelical movement, and much more, addressing how these events have impacted and shaped the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He goes on to examine current race relations in the Adventist Church and the creation of ethnic conferences, and warns against a final great disappointment of lost souls at Christ's second coming if we do not reconcile ourselves with each other and finish the work as one unified body.
With a passion for racial and ethnic reconciliation, Birch offers recommendations on how to strengthen the Adventist Church through understanding and healing. We are precious in God's sight, but we should also be precious in each other's sight.
Canute Birch currently lives in Ooltewah, Tennessee, where he holds membership at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. After serving as a senior pastor for approximately thirteen years in the Greater New York Conference, Canute and his family moved to Tennessee where he recently founded the All Nations group in Ooltewah, which seeks to be organized under the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Canute spearheads this multiracial/multiethnic church plant of passionate, vibrant, mixed generational Adventist reconcilers who, like him, yearn to fulfill Christ’s prayer and dream for His church—“that they may all be one.”
In 2006 he served as an adjunct assistant professor of New Testament studies in the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University.
During the summer of 2010, Canute “sensed an irresistible divine calling” to write this book. He hopes that people who read it will develop a passion for reconciliation within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
After graduating from Northern Caribbean University with a bachelor’s degree in religion and a minor in Greek, Canute went on to pursue a master’s degree with a concentration in archaeology and history of antiquity at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Furthermore, he has finished course work for a doctoral degree in theology from Trinity Theological Seminary in partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University in the United Kingdom.
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