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.
Noted religion journalists Amy Sullivan (TIME, The Party Faithful) and Steve Waldman, (beliefnet.com, Founding Faith) diavlog about the latest hot issues about Christianity in public life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A ranking of the number of visits per city over the last year.
8 Los Angeles
7 Evans, Georgia (I wonder who lives here. : )
Continuing our Top 10 "end of the year" countdown, here are the top ten countries in terms of visits to Spectrum.
All total we have:
337,891 visits from 205 countries/territories
10 Argentina* 1,872
9 Germany 2,005
8 Chile 2,006 (that was close)
7 Brazil 2,106
6 Spain 2,413
5 Mexico 2,861
4 Australia 10,189
3 United Kingdom 11,423
2 Canada 11,976
1 United States 256,940
With all the Spanish speaking countries, kudos to Johnny and our Café Hispano team.