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Does the Timing of Creation Really Matter?

I would like to propose a different interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, which removes the problems linked to a "6,000-year-old earth" dating of the creation as outlined in the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Many would argue, maybe rightly, that the position taken by the church raises a number of hard-to-solve problems, which are conveniently ignored by most for fear of being labelled heretics.&nb

Caring for Words Book Club: Love Words

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

Oxford University Press Releases "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet"

Oxford University Press may be the latest facilitator of present truth on the life of Ellen White. Oxford has made available for preorder its tome, "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet," edited by Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers. Publication is slated for May 16, 2014, and pre-ordered copies will be shipped on April 18.

Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: International Night

If Adventists had an app for rating church potlucks, the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church might have the best local reviews.

I recently moved to California’s Bay Area, where advice abounds for newcomers. Bring a coat—everywhere. Don’t drive; take public transit. Learn the basics of computer programming. But, the tip that I heard most was, “Go to the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church—they have the best potlucks.”

Three Angles News: Adventist Health Settles Whistle-blower Suit

Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc., the parent company of Orlando-based Florida Hospital, has settled a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging systematic overcharging at seven Adventist Health hospitals. The lawsuit could have brought damages in excess of $100 million according to one report.

Caring for Words Book Club: Why Worry About Words?

Introductory Note:
Welcome to the Book Club discussion of 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 is also the author of three books of poems, including The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh’s Late Paintings (2007), and other books of scholarly and general interest. I became acquainted with her writing through her poetry books, and when Caring for Words came out and I read it and filed away the idea that it would be great to have her come to Andrews University.

28 Fundamental Beliefs: If Loughborough Were Resurrected...

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from February 22, Dr. John Brunt, senior pastor of the Azure Hills Church examines the story of how Adventists came to hold 28 Fundamental Beliefs, and asks whether formulating the Fundamentals constitutes progress or regress when compared with the attitudes and beliefs of Adventism's founding members.

Academic Freedom Conflict at PUC Makes Local Paper, Chronicle of Higher Education

The dispute between some faculty members and the administration at Pacific Union College over academic freedom and the content of lectures in the psychology department - though now largely resolved, according to those on both sides of the conflict - has captured attention beyond the confines of Adventist academia, even making th

La Sierra University Lawsuit Falling Apart

The ongoing lawsuit at La Sierra University, brought by three former administration and faculty members, seems to be falling apart, according to a recent analysis by Michael Peabody, an attorney in Los Angeles, the editor of 

Tracing Barack Obama's Adventist Family Ties

 

Dr. Benjamin Baker, assistant archivist for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, offers a very brief history on President Barack Obama's family connections to the Adventist church, and how members of his Kenyan family heard the Adventist message.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Rating the Creation and the Big Bang

As a believing geophysicist, George P. Saxon, in the accompanying article, explains why we need to be reading Genesis with less literalism and more realism, due to known laws of physics.

 

Three Angles News - February 17, 2014

1. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace who was famous for his "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow!" political stance, embraced Karen Lowery, daughter of Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery, after they each received awards at Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, February 8.

The Man Who Talked With God

“I talked to God … Yes I did—Actually and Literally … You too may experience that strange mystical power which comes from talking with God, and when you do, if there is poverty, unrest, unhappiness, ill-health or material lack in your life, well—the same Power is able to do for you what it did for me.”   - Advertisement by Frank B. Robinson.

"Jesus...Full Stop...All...Full Stop"

Is it the second coming of 1888?  Is it radical Christo-centrism birthing a bold, new prophetic Adventism?  Is it spiritual snack food—a feel-good Jesus—doled out like cookies for the all-too-comfortable?

Such questions invite the one activity that the One Project—a pastor-led initiative to make Jesus the center of Adventist consciousness—seems bound to stimulate.  That activity is conversation among the troubled, hopeful people who bring thought to their experience in Adventism.  

Sabbath Un-sermon: Alice Dreger, "Is Anatomy Destiny?"

This presentation is not directly religious, yet the issues presented directly apply to and challenge multiple theological issues.

Stewart Bainum, Sr., Adventist Businessman and Philanthropist Dies

The Takoma Academy Alumni Affairs office has announced the passing of Seventh-day Adventist businessman and avid supporter of Adventist education. Bainum was 94 years old. According to the release, he died February 12, 2014 following complications from pneumonia. 

The memo, sent to Takoma alumni via email offers this short bio:

Remembering Donna Jean Walker-Haerich

Let us celebrate the life of a warm, wise, wonderful woman whom our community lost this last week. Donna Jean Walker-Haerich passed peacefully to her rest on February 9, after a long and gallant battle with breast cancer. For many years Donna has been a member of the Spectrum family and wrote a popular column here. 

How Adventists Started Believing in the Trinity

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In this presentation, Dr. Gilbert Valentine, Chair of the Education Department at La Sierra University, offers a historical look at how and why the forebears of the Seventh-day Adventist Church evolved in their thinking on the Trinity. (See other videos from the lecture series here.)

Upcoming topics in the series:

Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt





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