Alita Byrd

The Story Behind the Bible Felts

Do you remember the felt board from your childhood Sabbath School? Betty Lukens has been creating felts to illustrate Bible stories for children for over 60 years, and still ships the sets all over the world.  In this interview, she explains the genesis of the felt stories and how they have evolved over time.

The Problem with Church Music

In this wide-ranging interview, Alexander Douglas, principal of the Music and Worship Academy for the South England Conference and professional musician, explains why worship does not equal music, and why something unmusical cannot be spiritual.

Adventist Healthcare: A View from the Top

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Sharing Music in the City of Angels

Brian Lauritzen, 2006 graduate of Southern Adventist University, is a big name in broadcasting in Los Angeles.

Friendship Guru Talks About the Keys to Happiness

Shasta Nelson, Adventist-pastor-turned-relationship-expert, talks about her new book Frientimacy, her national friendship business and the importance of close relationships.

Question: You have a new book out called Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness. Who should read this book? Why is this topic important? Don't most of us know how to have friendships already?

Exquisite Film Had the Edge at SONscreen

Grant Perdew, whose film won at the SONscreen Film Festival this year, talks about the inspiration of Wes Anderson, the power of film to change the world and the amazing opportunities at Walla Walla University.

Proactive Peacemaking

Chris Blake, associate professor of English and Communication at Union College, is chair of Lincoln's Interfaith Peacemaking Coalition. He spoke to Spectrum about the Coalition's big event last Sunday, which attracted lots of local news coverage, featured the city's mayor, and even boasted a long-distance message from the Dalai Lama. 

Over 10,000 Entries Planned for New SDA Encyclopedia

Managing editor Benjamin Baker describes how the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists will be researched, written and reviewed before going live online at the next General Conference Session in 2020.

Intervening from New York to Save Lives

Paul Mikov, an Adventist in New York City, describes his roles as UN liaison for NGOs World Vision, and now CMMB, working to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.

2015: The Year of the Adventist Politician (and Why 2016 Won't Be)

While there have long been prominent Adventist politicians in the US and around the world, the year 2015 saw an unprecedented spotlight on the Adventist Church as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson

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