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On August 26, 2017, Graham Stacey gave this presentation about Chapter 10 in "Where Are We Headed? Adventism After San Antonio" by William G. Johnsson. at the Roy Branson Legacy Sabbath School in Loma Linda, California.

A Seventh-day Adventist minister and psychologist, he now serves as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Before this, he served in a variety of pastoral and educational roles in his first homeland of Australia.

William G. Johnsson is now retired in Loma Linda, California. Also from Australia, he served for many years as the Editor of the "Adventist Review." Before that, he served at Spicer Adventist College in India and Andrews University in the United States. He is a specialist in the study of the New Testament, especially the "Letter to the Hebrews."

The title of this chapter is "Unity: Top Down or Bottom Up?" Perhaps the most intense chapters of the entire book, it forcefully expresses William Johnsson's concerns about trends leading up to and following from the every-five-year a convention of about two thousand Seventh-day Adventist leaders which took place this time in San Antonio Texas in the summer of 2015. Theologically, the attendees shifted to the right. Administratively, they gave more authority to the highest levels of denominational leadership. Similar trends, which are related to the demographic changes in Christianity from North of the Equator to South of it, are taking place in other denominations as well.

How best to deal with these questions is an urgent question everywhere.

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