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Science Sabbath: When should your doctor heed his conscience?

A conversation between Janet D. Stemwedel, Ph. D. and Dr. Peter Lipson M. D. about the power relationships of health care providers and patients.

What are the contemporary issues in the ethics and economics of medicine? For example, should a provider refrain from providing care if she/he finds your behavior/lifestyle immortal? Why do these objections disproportionately come up on issues of women's health?

Seminaries Failing To Prepare Clergy To Address Sexuality Issues


This was sent over by a friend and I'm curious how we train our ministers to address sexuality issues.

CHICAGO, January 8, 2009 – United States seminaries and rabbinical schools are failing to prepare the next generation of clergy with the training they need to address sexuality issues in ministry, according to a study released today by the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing and Union Theological Seminary.

Adventist News Roundup

In this Holiday Edition of InFocus Adventist News (from Australia), Bryan Fowler reports on Sanitarium's commitment to continue sponsoring the Weet-Bix Billy Cart Grand Prix at Lilydale Adventist Academy for 2009.

Amy Sullivan vs. Steven Waldman: Religion and Politics in 2009

Noted religion journalists Amy Sullivan (TIME, The Party Faithful) and Steve Waldman, (, Founding Faith) diavlog about the latest hot issues about Christianity in public life.

  • Why Steve likes Rick Warren at the inauguration
  • Is Obama converting Warren into a moderate?

Arts: Mega Churches


I just recently ran across Joseph Johnson's Megachurch portfolio, with the music of recording artist Former Selv. I spent several summers colporteuring among California and Nevada's Mega Church-attending evangelicals.

Upper Columbia Conference and ABC Buildings Burn


The Spokesman-Review reports:

A large fire engulfed most of a church’s regional headquarters Sunday just west of Spokane, displacing the administrative offices for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Upper Columbia Conference and destroying a Christian bookstore and retail shop.

Open Thread: Resolutions for Adventism


A new year is a comin' for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

For the North American Division, 2009 is the year of evangelism and, of course, growth will be a focus around the globe as the world church gears up for the General Conference session next year. That meeting will also elect a new president.

What do you think should be a priority for the Adventist community and those who have the privileged of leading us in 2009?

Share your resolutions for Adventism below.

Baltimore Church Burns


On Christmas Eve, a fire burned down the Cherry Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. The blaze which started around midnight harmed no one. In the video below, Pastor T. Duwayne Privette speaks to the local news about the devastation. According to the Baltimore Sun, Privette, 36, who has been a pastor at the church since 2003, said it was founded more than 30 years ago by members who started meeting in a small house.

Adventist Video News

  • A $1 billion housing project is approved by government for Cooranbong;
  • Large advertising campaign rolls out for evangelistic program in Christchurch, commencing January;
  • A new study reveals that some American religious groups have poor health;
  • Solomon Islands Government gives $250,000 to improve the quality of drinking water at Betikama;
  • More Solomon Islanders are converted;
  • Tithing envelopes for children are developed for English and French speaking congregations in the New Zealand Pacific region;



Here's a news roundup of many ways that Adventists are making the news this Christmas in their local communities.

One of the highlights of evening was the singing of “O Holy Night” by Susan Hamilton of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Pastor David Soden of Richmond Avenue Baptist Church. The crowd reacted with a thundering applause.

Nunez said that the food bank and other charitable efforts support more than 300 people a month.

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