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

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

Arts: Mega Churches

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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

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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

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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

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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;

Advent-ist/Community

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

Top 10: Spectrum Lovin' Cities

A ranking of the number of visits per city over the last year.

10 Sydney

9 Brooklyn

8 Los Angeles

7 Evans, Georgia (I wonder who lives here. : )

Top 10: Spectrum Lovin' Countries

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.

Top 10: Spectrum Articles

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Here on the Spectrum Blog we're taking it a little easy through the holidays and counting our blessings. As the site inches toward the big one million pageviews mark we're going to be counting several year end top ten lists. The first is the top ten most read articles this year on the whole Spectrum site.

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