Alexander Carpenter

Ron Numbers: On Palin, "Intelligent Design" and Us


h/t to Julius Nam for passing this along.

Sabbath Afternoon Panel at the Forum Conference


Conversations in the Public Square

Panel: Barry Lynn, Charles Scriven, Avis Buchanan, Ryan Bell, Glenn Coe
Moderated by Roy Branson

Sabbath Worship at the Forum Conference



Worship: The Outer Court as Sacred Space

There was no sermon, instead the liturgy (by Stefanie Johnson) mixed hymns (accompanied by an all teen ladies string quintet from the Orlando area), video interpretations of scripture, public readings, a skit, and a conversation with Roy Branson.

I particularly enjoyed the hymn singing and found new meaning in the words of each hymn in the context of our conversation this weekend about Christians in the Public Square.

The Church Has One Foundation
Faith of Our Fathers
Rise Up Oh Church of God

"The Conversation"

Write Your Own Definition of Marriage


I got to thinking while responding to some comments in the Prop. 8 thread. (Yes, I know - to some readers that may seem like a shocking development:)

But seriously, where did we followers of Christ get sidetracked that we're so focused on defining marriage based on gender?

Adventists Against Prop. 8 - Religious Liberty

A growing number of Adventists are making a strong religious liberty case against the Pacific Union's Church/State Council's endorsement of Proposition 8 in California.

Here I respond to a friend who wondered how far Christian tolerance goes, and then I share how my support for this stand comes from my understanding of the Sabbath:

Video|Countering Pharaoh -- Walter Brueggemann

And here's Richard Rohr talking about politics and spirituality.

Southern Marks 13th Year of Enrollment Growth

The Chattanoogan reports:

For the ninth consecutive year, Southern Adventist University's enrollment numbers increased at fall registration. Southern opened its doors to 2,777 students for the 2008-2009 academic year 137 students more than Fall, 2007. This marks Southern's 13th successive year of continuous growth.

Adventist Gangsta Chic

h/t Adventist Caricaturist and flickr user sergei1971.

I would not want to be the guy administering the Mark of Beast to this mensch. . .

Same-gender Marriage and Pastors


In an interview with Club Adventist (h/t Religious Liberty), Mitch Tyner - recently retired Associate General Counsel for the General Conference and former Associate Director of PARL - takes on the argument that legalizing same-gender marriage would disenfranchise pastors and local churches.

Symposium on Conscientious Objection & the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Conscientious Objection & the Seventh-day Adventist Church Symposium
November 6-9, 2008
Kingsway College, Oshawa, ON

The PARL Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada is sponsoring a Symposium on Conscientious Objection in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Symposium is planned for November 6 - 9, 2008 in Oshawa, Ontario.

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