When I was eight, sitting in church during the sermon one Sabbath, I had an epiphany (although at the time I spelled it “Wow”). I looked up from my etch-a-sketch (early prototype for the iPad) and realized that our pastor was doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Be standing in front of a group of people who had been willing to get out of bed on the weekend and travel for miles just to sit on hard benches and listen to him talk! It was just plain wonderful, and I wanted in on the action.
Many thanks to all of our readers for making last week one of Spectrum’s best.
Our coverage of the conference on sexuality in South Africa sponsored by the General Conference brought 31,062 visits to our website, a 14% increase over the previous week. We had 18,652 unique visitors. And they stayed to read. There were 71,729 page views, a 24% increase over the previous week.
The Spectrum blog book club is discussing Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans 2009), by Marilyn McEntyre, professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. McEntyre was the keynote speaker for the meetings of the Adventist English Association in June 2013. Our book club discussion will run from March through the end of May, with a week devoted to each of the chapters.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California has been hosting a multi-part series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the video below, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University, and Bert Haloviak, former archivist for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, uncover the story of Adventist women in ministry from the 19th Century to the current ordination debate.
1. Life on the Line, Loma Linda University Health's first national TV show, premieres on PBS's WORLD Channel on
Morris Taylor — 83-year-old musician, artist and professor emeritus at Andrews University — has this week decided to share watercolors painted in memory of his son. Taylor says on his website:
The Adventist Yearbook is now live online, meaning that changes are reflected as they are made to the Yearbook database at the General Conference.
It was the opening night of the General Conference Cape Town Summit (March 17-20, 2014), "In God's Image:' Scripture, Sexuality and Society," but it felt like campmeeting or a giant "workers' meeting" — nearly 400 people from around the world greeting one another with hugs and kisses. The keynote speaker was GC President Ted N. C.
The conference titled “In God’s Image: Scripture, Sexuality and Society” that Seventh-day Adventist officials are leading in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17 – 20, is not likely to accomplish much of lasting significance. Both those who favor it and those who fear it can, therefore, relax.