The Record

The Southwestern Union Record magazine is the official publication of the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It includes a five-page section featuring news and information from our Southwest Region Conference local churches and ministries. 

News articles should highlight ministry and outreach activities and be of general interest to a broad audience. If you would like to submit a news item for publication consideration, please connect with your local communications director or your pastor.  

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2024 Themes and Contributor Schedule

Theme: At Our Core: Belief in the Great Controversy

Featured Cover Story: Southwestern Union | Content Due October 16, 2023 Seventh-day Adventists believe that all humanity is involved in a great controversy between Christ and 
Satan. This conflict originated in heaven and continued when Satan led Adam and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity. Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy, Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. How does this core Adventist belief affect our lives today? How can our faith be strengthened knowing this story, and our story, will end with redemption and reunification?

At Our Core: Conviction in the Remnant and its Mission | Content Due Dec. 18, 2024 

Seventh-day Adventists believe that the universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, 
but in the last days, a time of widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this world wide-witness. We are called to be more than just members, we are called to be disciples during this important time. What does it mean to have a personal part in this world wide witness? What significance is there in being a part of this remnant and its mission?

MAY | JUNE 2024
At Our Core: Trust in the Gift of Prophecy | Content Due February 12, 2024

Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Scriptures testify that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is 
prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and we believe it was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. Her writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction and correction to the church. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. How does this belief set us apart from other denominations? How do these prophetic teachings enrich our faith and provide hope for humanity?

At Our Core: Assurance in Death and Resurrection | Content Due April 15, 2024

The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later. Death is not commonly viewed with hope and assurance, yet we believe that life for the believer does not end with their final breath on earth. We have hope of being reunited with loved ones, hope for a world free of sin, and most importantly, hope for spending eternity with our God. How does this assurance change our outlook of the future? How does this belief provide so much hope where there is usually so much grief and despair?

At Our Core: Confidence in Sabbath Rest | Content Due June 17, 2024

The gracious Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the 
Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts. Why is this weekly pause so significant in our relationship with the Lord? Why is this doctrine so significant that it is part of our denomination’s name?

At Our Core: Hope in the Second Coming of Christ | Content Due August 12, 2024 
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The 
Saviour’s coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven. We believe that Christ’s coming is near. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times. How can we remain ready at all times while still looking forward to the second coming? How is Jesus’ return still “near” when generations before us have been waiting for this moment. This belief makes up part of our denomination’s name; why is this so significant in our identity as believers?

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2025 Content Due October 11, 2024
MARCH | APRIL 2025 Content Due December 20, 2024