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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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The “Old Spirit of Blind Sammy Hancock:” Meeting a Colorful Early Adventist Preacher

As I did research for a chapter on Ellen White and the Indiana “holy flesh movement” for the book En Espíritu y en Verdad (Pacific Press, 2013) I came across a statement in a letter from Hattie Haskell to Ellen White (1900) about one “blind Sammy Hancock.” Since I had never heard about him, I decided to take a detour from my main subject and find out who he was. I was able to dig up several relevant details in the Adventist Archives of the Review and Herald going back to 1864.

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In Conversation: Charles Scriven and David Larson

11.06.18 Conversations with Authors: Scriven from Center for Christian Bioethics on Vimeo.

The first in a new series of video interviews with authors, by David Larson.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Massaged Kale and Mango Salad

If 20 years ago, when I was a student at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., you had told me that the town would become my permanent home, and that my bosses, professors and classmates would become my colleagues, laughter would have erupted.

But God had a plan for me, and it has been the biggest blessing to live and work in this college and church town called Angwin. Many of my colleagues have children and live within a one-mile radius of me, making play dates with the kids frequent and convenient.

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Where Have All the Campmeetings Gone?

Campmeeting is a unique experience for most Adventists.  And while many may have never actually attended a “real campmeeting,” it is something almost all Adventists can identify with.

Yet in the last decade or so, I’ve seen traditional campmeetings slowly starting to disappear.  In the Rocky Mountain Conference the big “Western Slope Campmeeting” has ceased to exist primarily due to financial reasons - a trend, unfortunately , that is not likely to turn around anytime soon. 

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Parsing Words: The TOSC Votes a Consensus Statement

Work of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee resumed this week  as the 106-member committee gathered for its second session of the year near Baltimore at the Maritime Institute of Technology Conference Center.

On Tuesday, a vote was taken on a general consensus statement regarding a theology of ordination. Originally presented to the Committee in February, the document then was revised by a reading committee in May. Slight revisions were made this week before the document was approved by a vote of 86 to 8.

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Nags Head Hotel to Pay $45,000 after Firing Sabbathkeeper

Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that a hotel group that owns the Comfort Inn Oceanfront South in Nags Head, North Carolina, has agreed to pay $45,000 to a Seventh-day Adventist employee after refusing to honor her request not to work on Sabbath.

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Sabbath Sermon: Frederick Russell

Pastor Frederick Russell preaches on The Simple Community at the Berean Church in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 2013.

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Three Angles News - July 21, 2013

1. Jennifer Scott has accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the 3,000-member Keene Adventist Church, the church of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.

2. Jeff Brown, 57,  pastor of the Apison Church, close to Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, collapsed and died unexpectedly last week while on a mission trip to Panama.

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