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SONscreen 2014: Looking Back and Ahead

UPDATED May 8 with festival organizer's comments.

Looking back at SONscreen 2014, some of the filmmakers who attended from around the US reflect on the Adventist film festival.

Christian Attitudes Toward Sex and Women’s Ordination: Cerebrocentric versus Genitocentric Theology

As any visitor to the Spectrum blog will recognize, the treatment of homosexuals and women by Seventh-day Adventists and other Christians has ignited intense debate.

ASI Free Clinic Treats Thousands

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.

Remembering Gary Land

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.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Can the Bible Establish the Age of the Earth?

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.

Three Angles News - Nurse Sues for Religious Discrimination

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.

Caring for Words: Attend to Translation

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

Two Andrews Students Talk About the LGBT Conversation

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 Faculty Reflect on the Cape Town Summit

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.

Restructuring of Publishing Houses Possible

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.

Tipping Point for Truth-Telling

When you make a gift to Spectrum, you touch off — hope.  

Three Angles News - Church Challenges Tax Exemption Change

1. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, together with over 30 other church organizations, has filed a challenge to a change in the tax-exemption for a pastor's parsonage. Before the change, pastors could deduct the cost of their housing from their taxable income.

TEDx Comes to La Sierra University

Have you seen the TED Talks video by the 15-year old who discovered a new way to screen for pancreatic cancer that has revolutionized the cancer world? Or the presentation by the Nigerian writer about the danger of the single story? That’s really my favorite.

As a fan of the TED Talks Radio Hour featured on National Public Radio, and someone who has dreamed of attending the famous TED conference where world thinkers and doers give the talk of their life in 18 minutes or less,  I was intrigued when I learned that a TEDx Event was scheduled to be held at La Sierra University.

Church in The Netherlands Commits Itself to Being a Safe Place for LGBTI Individuals

The Netherlands Union Conference has advised all churches in the Netherlands to "fully commit themselves to ensuring that LGBTI individuals feel safe in the church." In addition, NUC leadership says it would "strongly advise against any steps to revoke the membership of LGBTI people, given the unsafe environment this would create in churches."
This statement was agreed after the recent General Conference

Viewpoint: Remnant Redux

An article by Ted N.C.

What Dr. Ben Carson is Up To

James Hamblin has published a profile of Dr. Ben Carson in Politico Magazaine called: "Who Is Dr. Ben Carson? And why is he sort of running for president?" For anyone who wonders what the latest is on Carson, his possible run for political office, and his views on the Affordable Care Act, this article sums it up nicely.

Caring for Words Book Club: The Practice of Poetry

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: The Many Faces of Adventist Creationism: 1980-1995

The last article in this series presented much of the early foundational history with Adventism that would profoundly influence the evolution of Adventist thinking on issues of Genesis. In this current article featured below, we are provided a well detailed and rather mesmerizing history that has transpired up through the mid 1990s. It covers the politics of thought on Genesis, and the shifting alliances.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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