Benjamin Baker

In This Life

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (I Corinthians 15.19)

Christ Our High Priest

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.

“Gente común extraordinaria”


"Biiip, biiip, biiip, biiip", sonó la bocina locamente.
La anciana yacía acurrucada en la calle empinada San Francisco.  Una multitud histérica la rodeó, hasta que alguien gritó: "¡Llamen una ambulancia, rápido!"  Minutos más tarde el cuerpo inerte fue trasladado de urgencia al hospital.

Aunque no puede comunicarse, la matrona adventista del Séptimo Día de 78 años de edad, sorprendentemente recordó una conversación de hacía varias décadas en la quietud de la habitación del hospital.

Extraordinary Ordinaries

“Eeeh, Eeeh, Eeeh, Eeeh,” the car horn blared madly.


The elderly woman lay crumpled on the hilly San Francisco street.  A hysteric crowd encircled her while someone shouted, “Call an ambulance, quick!”  Minutes later the limp body was rushed to the hospital. 

Although unable to communicate, the 78 year old Seventh-day Adventist matron strikingly recalled a decades-old conversation in the quiet of the hospital room.

“The work is making wonderful progress, isn’t it?”

Was Malcolm X a Seventh-day Adventist?

Dr. Benjamin Baker examines the childhood of Malcolm X to determine his relationship to Seventh-day Adventists.

'Our Firm Foundation' and Black People

At the height of the historic Civil Rights Movement which revolutionized the United States of America in the legal and extra-legal treatment of its citizens, Hope International was founded by one Lloyd Silver and four couples in July 1964. These charter members were laypeople of modest means residing in the Seattle metropolitan area. The organization’s express raison d’etre was to address perceived denominational apostasy stemming from the Martin-Barnhouse dialogue of the 1950s and its controversial literary product, the 1957 Questions on Doctrine.

The Real Martin Luther King

Benjamin Baker teaches history at Washington Adventist University. This Black History Month talk was given at Andrews University in 2011.

1888 and Black People

In "1888 and Black People" the controversial 1888 Minneapolis General Conference Session is explored in a new and refreshing light. For almost 125 years the province of doctrinal divide, this talk probes the very practical ramifications of 1888 for black missions in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Unknown Prophet

Almost twenty-five years have passed since the Review and Herald published The Unknown Prophet by Delbert W. Baker.  The 160 page volume ushered in a denominational enlightenment, as it were, concerning long-held notions about a trilogy of prophetic choices in the heat of Millerism.  What led to The Unknown Prophet’s conception? How was it received by the denomination? And what has been its influence on Seventh-day Adventism in the intervening decades?

How Oakwood Became the Mecca of Black Adventism II

This continues an earlier post. . .

Preaching has always been an integral part of the Oakwood experience.  At almost every major Oakwood event, preaching is involved.  Moreover, a very high percentage of black Seventh-day Adventist pastors are educated at Oakwood, and they are, it may be said, the face of black Adventism.

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Panel of Guests from the 1995 Sligo SDA Church Ordination Service

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