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Three Angles News - August 15, 2013

1. An employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, is suing his employer and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union, claiming the union and FAA officials used his religious beliefs to punish him after he resigned from his union. Matthew Gray resigned because he believes union membership is contrary to his faith.

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Reading with the TOSC: July Papers

When the Theology of Ordination Study Committee met in Baltimore in July 2013, its purpose was specifically to consider the ordination of women. On the first morning of the session there was a presentation of a “Consensus Statement on a Seventh-day Adventist Theology of Ordination” that had been prepared and presented at a previous session, revised by a special reading committee and slightly revised again in the session before being approved.

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Postmodern Apologetics?—9 & 10: A Recap and Reflections

This is the ninth post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner. The reading schedule, along with links to previous posts, can be found here.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Randomness and Chaos

This is the first installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology.  Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here

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Sunday Sermon: Andy Stanley on Intimacy with God

Andy Stanley is the founder of the non-denominational North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with five campuses and over 24,000 attendees every Sunday. This 38-minute talk was posted online last year.

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Why Collegedale Voted to Give Family Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

On Monday, August 5, the City Commission of Collegedale, Tennessee, home of Southern Adventist University and arguably one of the most iconic and traditional of Seventh-day Adventist communities, passed Resolution 447 by a vote of 4 to 1, giving family benefits to same-sex couples.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Banana Bread, a Sabbath Taste

I grew up with health-conscious parents. In the 90s, this meant trying to surreptitiously eat my tofu-and-sprouts-on-whole-wheat sandwich with a side of carrot sticks. My classmates all seemed to uniformly have fake bologna and American cheese on white bread, with all sorts of delicious-looking packaged sides that I knew had no nutritional content, but looked tasty all the same. This meant a lot of lunch periods trying to explain that sprouts were not grass but actual food.

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A Megaphone for the Voices of Adventism

Unless you care not a fig or a fast about your church, you can agree that Spectrum is indispensable. We are all indebted to church employees—to the pastors and educators and many others who help shape and sustain this amazing international community. But Adventism is not its paid employees, nor can it depend on its paid employees to tell the whole truth. Adventism is all of us, and we can’t begin to tell the truth unless every voice counts and every voice is heard.

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Reading with the TOSC: the January Session Papers

Papers presented this year at the two Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) sessions have now been posted on the Adventist Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) website, giving the most detailed look yet at the material shaping the committee’s conversation.

There is much to read: 24 papers overall, plus devotionals. In this post, I will list the title, author, and a sentence about each paper.

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Church's Women's Conference Draws 1,500 to Rwanda

1,500 Adventist women from 11 countries in the East-Central Africa Division are meeting this week at the National University of Rwanda.

Rwanda's First Lady opened the women's ministries congress on Wednesday. Jean Pierre Bucyensenge wrote this story, published in Rwanda's New Times:

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GC's Director of Legislative Affairs Writes on SDA Imprisoned in Pakistan for Washington Post

Dwayne Leslie, Director of Legislative Affairs at the GC, wrote a piece this week about blasphemy laws and why Sajjad Masih, convicted to life in prison in Pakistan, is innocent. The article appeared on the Washington Post blog. He wrote:

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The “Woman Clothed with the Sun” Who Failed to Give Birth to the Second Messiah

I was at first in doubt whether it would be advisable to introduce any mention of this wretched body of fanatics in the present work: but since they have established regular houses of worship … since the delusion has spread abroad amongst the middle and lower classes to a considerable, nay, to an incredible extent, and especially since a daring prediction of a pretended Messiah, to be born of this woman about the latter end of the present year (1814) has received a species of countenance which could hardly have been believed without the support of undoubted testimony, the Southc

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Postmodern Apologetics?—8: Lacoste and A God of Liturgy and Parousia

This is the eighth post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner. The reading schedule, along with links to previous posts, can be found here.

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Three Angles News - August 5, 2013

The city commission of Collegedale, Tenn., will vote today, Aug. 5, on a proposal to extend family benefits to city employees in same-sex marriages. Tennessee does not recognize same-sex marriage, so if the resolution passes, Collegedale would be the first town in the state to to offer government benefits to same-sex couples.

Update: Commission approves proposal 4-1.

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Sweet Fellowship: Impressions from IMPACT South Africa

I decided I was going to IMPACT South Africa, and I told God about it. There are things that just work that way.  You decide, you engage, you table it before God and you both work on it. 

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Reserve a Place at the Adventist Forum Conference

Reservations are filling up for the 2013 Adventist Forum/Spectrum Conference on September 6-8 entitled A Third Way: Beyond the Conservative/Liberal Divide to a Christian Identity Refreshed by Interfaith Dialogue.  For those traveling from out of town, the discounted hotel rate at the historic Read House Hotel in downtown Chattanooga is only available through August 6th. 

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Borsch Fit for Any Table

For one violinist on tour with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the choicest delicacy of St. Petersburg, Russia, was pizza. “I ate a lot at Pizza Hut,” remembers Keri Tomenko, now an adjunct faculty member of Washington Adventist University who maintains a private violin studio, and is also active in the Suzuki Association. The group’s cook had become ill, and pizza was one of her favorite meals out. “I don’t think I ate pizza for years afterward,” Tomenko adds.

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Publishing Houses End Merger Talks

The taskforce studying a possible consolidation of the Pacific Press and Review and Herald Publishing Associations has been asked to cease its work, the General Conference and North American Division announced today. The official statement cited "differing perspectives" on statements by Ellen G. White regarding the two publishing houses; it said they would continue to operate separately, but that they had been asked to "try to find ways to realize economies through closer cooperation."

The full statement released today said:

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Postmodern Apologetics?—7: Chrétien and A God of Speech and Beauty

This is the seventh post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Why Evolution is an Idea that Won’t Die—VI

In the previous articles of this sub-series I have explored biology through the eyes of science, and from this exercise it is now possible to distill several points that have important implications. First, while many Adventists express hostility to the term “evolution,” it really means nothing more than “change,” and change in and of itself is neither good nor bad—it just is.

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