“Hope is the mark of our Christian existence,” said Bernhard Oesterich. But does authentic hope involve accurate prediction concerning end-time chronology? Does authentic hope come down to information — a “message” about what happens next, and when and where, ingeniously derived from Scripture’s apocalyptic material?
For many decades a group of people faithfully renewed annual memberships in the Association of Adventist Forums to support quarterly publication of the Spectrum journal. All who received Spectrum had either paid for it themselves or someone else had gifted them a subscription. We therefore generally knew who was in our community of readers, thinkers, believers and searchers because they provided the financial means for what we do.
Last Friday, more than 3,000 people lined up for healthcare at a free pop-up medical clinic in Oakland, California, sponsored by the Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries. Most of the volunteer doctors, dentists and other professionals from around the state and even further afield were Adventists.
Gary G. Land, emeritus professor of history at Andrews University and long-time member of the Spectrum editorial board, died on Saturday, April 26, at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. A service is planned for this Friday, May 2. His first student, Ben McArthur, penned this tribute.
The late Siegfried Horn, who at the time was dean of the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, authored the following article. In it, we encounter reasons for thinking twice about using biblical chronology as a measure for the age of the earth. Dr. Horn points out that many dates we rely upon prophetically are not universally embraced for their historicity. He further notes that many dates about which there is little controversy are frequently derived by relying upon secular source material—not from Scripture itself.
1. A Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council attorney has filed a religious-discrimination suit, claiming Dusanka Bodiroga, a prison nurse, was fired 11 days after refusing to take shifts on Sabbaths at the California State Prison.
Two LGBT students at Andrews University who were involved in last week's "Conversation with LGBT Students" facilitated by the school agreed to write their reflections on the event for Spectrum, as we try to do our part in making sure different groups are not just talked about, but are given a voice.
Andrews University continued its conversation on LGBT issues within the church and on campus yesterday, Sabbath, April 26, with a panel discussion featuring five faculty members (Roy Gane, Miroslav Kiš, Nicholas Miller, Peter Swanson, and Steve Yeagley) who participated and/or presented at the Adventist Church’s Cape Town Summit in March 2014.
The General Conference has announced that a restructuring of the North American Division's publishing houses is being considered. Under the new plan, the Review & Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho, would continue as two separate publishing entities, but one would be attached to the General Conference and would no longer operate printing and production facilities.