Jared Wright

Nicholas Miller Writes Open Letter to Doug Batchelor on Ordination

On October 13, Seventh-day Adventist pastor and TV personality Doug Batchelor posted the following status update on his Facebook page:


Pacific Union Conference Votes Statement in Favor of Divisions Deciding Ordination Policies

A news release on the Pacific Union Conference website puts the union on record in favor of allowing divisions to proceed with the ordination of women. The Pacific Union Conference has long led the move toward ordination equality within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In September of 2012, union executive committee members approved fourteen female candidates for ordination

Chris Picco Loses Wife and Son Only Days Apart

Musician and recording artist Chris Picco from Loma Linda, California lost his wife, Ashley Picco, and his son, Lennon James Picco, within three days of one another. On August 26, Ashley, age 30, shared publicly on her Facebook page a photo of the couple's legs and feet with a tiny pair of shoes between them with the words, "Coming Soon," one week after their seven-year wedding anniversary.

Hyundai's $250K Grant Will Fund LLU Cancer Research

Hyundai Motor Company, a multinational South Korean car manufacturer, has donated $250,000 to fund Loma Linda University's leukemia research. Hyundai awarded the grant to Dr. Kimberley Payne, an associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and director of translational research at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Payne lost her younger brother to leukemia, according to a report in the Redlands Daily Facts. She told the Facts that her work on behalf of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia matters to her not just professionally, but personally:

UPDATED: Walla Walla Nursing Program Accreditation Reinstated With Warning

In August, we reported that two Seventh-day Adventist universities in North America, Walla Walla University and Washington Adventist University, lost accreditation for their nursing programs.

Makers of "Seventh-Gay Adventists" Say New Film Project Answers the Question, "What Next?"

Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, the husband-wife team behind the "Seventh-Gay Adventists" film, have started raising funds for a new companion film that they say will offer answers to the question "What is next?" for Seventh-day Adventists who have started important conversations about homosexuality.

PUC Legal Counsel Requests Removal of "Adam and Steve" Video

On Wednesday, archival video of pastor and Pacific Union College Chaplain Jonathan Henderson’s widely viewed “Adam and Steve” sermon from his Fall Revival series at PUC disappeared from the PUC Church Livestream page. The video had garnered over 33,000 views in 138 countries, and quickly spread virally on social media before suddenly going offline.

Spectrum featured the video on October 10 as that day’s Sabbath Sermon. It became one of the most viewed articles for the month of October.

Oops! Andrews Smarter than Walla Walla According to Business Insider Rankings

We spoke too soon when we called Walla Walla University the smartest Adventist university in North America. Walla Walla's ranking in the top 600 smartest U.S. colleges in a Business Insider report appeared to make them the only Adventist to attain such a ranking. That is, until an astute reader, Anthony Bosman, pointed out that Andrews Univeristy made the list too--some 90 slots ahead of Walla Walla.

Business Insider Ranks Walla Walla Among Smartest U.S. Colleges

Of the Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America, only Walla Walla University* in Southeastern Washington State made Business Insider's list of 600 Smartest Colleges in America. Walla Walla tied with nine other colleges for 600th place.

New York Times: Jordanian Artifacts Loaned to Andrews University Museum "A Coup"

The New York Times has written that a collection of artifacts from Jordan on loan to the Siegfried H. Horn Museum on the campus of Andrews University is a coup for the museum. The Times' report indicates that 48 fragments of ceramic figures of humans and horses, possibly religious in nature, will be housed in the Horn Museum for a year. The relics from the 8th to the 6th century B.C. were extracted from sites in Tall Jalul, Jordan over more than a decade, ending in 2012. According to the report, the sharing of artifacts like these is increasingly uncommon.

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