Contemporary Sabbath School Class

Dear Sabbath School Class members,

The lessons this quarter are on inspiration. I have mailed a copy of the book “Inspiration: Hard Questions, Honest Answers” to each member of our class as it doesn’t look like we will be together much if any this quarter. This book is the best resource I know on the subject. If you don’t like Thompson’s views you can find references in the book to his opposition’s book.

I found the previous edition of this book very helpful in my own understanding of the Bible and inspiration in general. The Prefaces and Appendixes of the new edition were very interesting to me since they include some of the history of the book and the SDA denomination’s response to it.

Stay well and enjoy the reading.


John Anholm


Location:  Upstairs front corner classroom of Forest Park Adventist Christian School across the parking lot from the church

Schedule:      Class begins at 9:30 AM

  • 5/23/2020 -- Class will NOT meet - COVID-19
  • 5/30/2020 -- Class will NOT meet - COVID-19

Leader:  Discussions in the "Contemporary Sabbath School Class" are led by John Anholm. When he is not available there typically is no class. So check here to see if class will be held each Sabbath.


We discuss questions and issues for which we may have opinions and ideas but often do not have answers. Don't expect the leader to have "the answers". In fact if you agree with the leader 100% of the time you are not thinking because he is not always right. Each one of us comes from different backgrounds and life experiences. So our views on things will be different. We want to share those views and learn from each other.

We try to read the Biblical material aloud in class. We also often read other materials relevant to the subjects being discussed. College level learning is the goal rather than indoctrination.


Typically we use a topic from the Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly as the jumping off point for our discussions. But rarely will we go through it page by page.


In preparation for the class the leader generally consults the following sources for ideas and materials:

Sabbath School Quarterly:
Walla Walla University "Good Word":
Sabbath School on the Move (Jonathan Gallagher):
Spectrum Magazine (a variety of authors and perspectives):
Pine Knoll Publications (Graham Maxwell):
Come and Reason Ministries (Dr. Jennings):