Slide Show: 15 things Adventists say, decoded

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Ever wonder about the meaning of those strange phrases and words Adventists let fly with the greatest of ease? Wonder no more! Read on to find out what your Adventist friends are really trying to tell you. (Photo by Archie Frederick Collins)

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  1. Richard Mills

    Every SDA needs to learn to speak “Adventese”; worker or non-worker. Pix # 4-Ellen White says “What does the Bible say?”. Pix # 11. Only works if you study the SS lesson 7 times. Pix # 14-That’s why I always look for the back pew. Pix # 16. Absolute TRUTH. I always guard the edges of the Sabbath!! Woe is me!!

  2. Spencer...

    So… As a current “Weimartian”, I feel compelled to speak up. But before I begin, I want to make it clear that I do understand that this is a satire site. Sometimes it can be funny to make fun of ourselves. We can make fun of haystacks and pathfinders because it’s something that we can all relate to. Although I don’t always agree with making fun of the distinctness of the Adventist church, I can’t really complain because it’s a site written by Adventists making fun of themselves; however, when the writers of this blog mention smaller ministries like Weimar, it’s a different story. Instead of laughing by pointing the finger at themselves, they are laughing while pointing the fingers at others. “Oh c’mon Spencer,” you might say, “BarelyAdventist makes fun of other Adventist institutions too, and I don’t see any of them complaining.” This is the thing though: places like Weimar are so small, and so little is really known about them currently that some people can’t discern between the levels of sarcasm that are used to describe Weimar. It is true that Weimar is relatively different in comparison to main-stream Adventism. Trust me, I’d know. I live close to Weimar, so growing up I thought I knew about the ultra-conservative Weimar. I thought they were strange, as most of you probably think as well. But then God led me to actually attend the Academy and College there, and boy did I ever get a new perspective on Weimar. Yes, they used to be pretty hard-core about 7-8 years ago, but they have come so far since then. There is a philosophical balance there that I haven’t seen in many other places. And this is the problem with BarelyAdventist. They highlight the problems of the old days, and for many people that’s the only picture they get about Weimar. Although it is done in the name of humor, it still effects the perception that people have. So my hope is that BarleyAdventist will consider the negative effect that making fun of a little known Institute has on the perception of its readers. I’d welcome comment on this too.

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