Enjoy these musings from around the Adventist blogosphere. Sure beats traditional Sabbath "lay activities"!
Nomad is Chantel Davies' blog. Davies is a researcher in the UK who fostered a recycling and composting program in her Adventist congregation. Recently she considered the newsy matter of Anne Rice's renunciation of Christianity. She writes:
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been banned from Somalia along with two other Christian aid organizations, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The militant Islamist group al-Shabab, with ties to al-Qaeda, issued a statement on Monday barring ADRA, Diakonia and World Vision from operating in Somalia, alleging that the organizations were proselytizing under the guise of humanitarian aid, according to the AP report.
Satirical "news" outlet the ONION ran a story that may hit close to home for Adventists. The tongue-in-cheek report, Cult Divided On Whether To Let Women Become Telepathic-Vision Clerics, announces that members of the "Seventh Light" cult are divided over whether to include women in leadership.
The story humorously depicts the imaginary cult's battle for inclusivity:
On August 4, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure passed by voters defining marriage as between one man and one woman, violates the right to equal protection, deeming the 2008 law unconstitutional. Adventists of all persuasions responded to the court's ruling. A sampling of responses is provided below.
Michael D. Peabody - Los Angeles Attorney, Editor of ReligiousLiberty.TV
Our sermon for this Sabbath comes from La Sierra University Church senior pastor Chris Oberg. The sermon is part of a series at the University Church entitled "Journey On: Authentic Adventist Christianity."
Chris opens with a conversation with Natalyn Rodriguez, who was baptized earlier in the service.
Starting at 4:00 in the video, Natalyn reads John 16:12-13, the scriptural passage upon which the sermon is based.
Chris takes time to explore the theological wanderings of the early Adventist community as they charted their spiritual course in the wake of the Great Disappointment.
The influx of Adventists to Atlanta is a boon for the city’s economy. Estimates put the financial impact of the 59th General Conference Session at some $80 million, including $6 million for use of the Georgia Dome and adjacent Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), which is hosting the session.
Restaurants near the Georgia Dome have been creative in catering to Adventists’ culinary preferences by promoting an array of vegetarian eats.
If the members of the Michigan Conference
Could be blindfolded
And transported somehow,
Across time and space;
If they could land,
In the center of La Sierra University’s campus—
Hole Memorial Auditorium
On a Saturday evening in June:
Sacred song and string—
Tears twice would overrun their eyes—
The first time as
As if on swallows’ wings
Wheeling on summer evening updrafts,
Rolling across the rafters
Pierced their uncovered ears
Students at Walla Walla University endured cold rain to stage a protest over the school’s proposal to filter Internet sites on campus. Students set up tents and held vigil round the clock for seventy-two hours in front of the administration building despite unpleasant conditions.
Students want greater say in the decision to block some Internet content on campus, and have responded with public protest.
Walla Walla alumnus John Campbell says that the protests began to materialize when a student sent out the following email message to fellow students:
The Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Southern Adventist University announced on its website that senior pastor John Nixon fainted on two separate occasions.
The announcement stated that Nixon passed out on April 24 and again on May 22 while preaching a sermon entitled "The Wrath of the Lamb."