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How to use Spectrum Conversation

We've launched a new way to comment on Spectrum. It's built on top of an open-source forum software called Discourse. You can read more about how to get started in the articles linked below:

How to Discourse: Taking Part in Discussions

Once you’ve created an account, you can engage in conversation several ways.
First, you’ll find a link to the conversation at the bottom of every article. It’ll feature the first few comments, and give you links to join in if you wish.

How to Discourse: Signing Up

To get started with Spectrum Conversation, you first need a MySpectrum account. This is very easy to do. 

Navigate to Spectrum Conversation. You’ll see a blue button that says ‘Log In’. Click it.

Remembering William A. Loveless

William A. Loveless, born January 17, 1928, died today, September 15, 2014. 

How to be Meta

It’s been found that healthy online communities are communities that talk about themselves. If you haven’t seen our recent announcement about the future of Spectrum commenting, please read this first. When you sign up for Spectrum Conversation, what you’ll find at first will be a collection of questions under the category ‘Meta’.

Bible & Science Conference: The News from Harvard

International Conference on the Bible and Science, St.

Three Angles News - Napa SDA School Reopened After Earthquake

1. Napa Christian Campus of Education, an Adventist  K-12 SDA school, was severely damaged by the August 24, 2014 6.0 earthquake in California.

The Future of Spectrum is Discourse

At Spectrum, we are always discussing ways of better achieving our mission of building community through conversation. Two years ago, we switched to a new commenting platform named DISQUS. It helped stabilize our site’s performance, allowed more people to engage with our content by signing up with Facebook and Twitter, and continued our tradition of vibrant debate and conversation.

Adventist Culture Wars: The Conspiracy Theorists

Preaching is fun, but meeting the folks afterward – not always so fun. Most of the time my face starts to hurt from the fake smile plastered on it until all 100+ people exit the church. But nothing makes a preacher dread meeting-time more than “the guy.” Yep, if you are a preacher, you know “the guy.” He is in every church.

Bible & Science Conference Reflections: The Silent Crickets

It seems that two species of male crickets in Hawaii have evolved an inability to sing so that they can escape killer flies.

Dispatches from Ebola-Hit Liberia

Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, has come to a standstill as the deadly Ebola outbreak sweeps the region. Cooper Adventist Hospital is the only hospital still open to treat patients with problems other than Ebola.

Lawsuit Accuses Church of Naming Convicted Child Molester Pathfinder Leader

Two men are suing the Seventh-day Adventist Church for $13.5 million for allegedly allowing a convicted child molester to be a Pathfinder youth leader.

Discipleship—9: The End of Discipleship

This is the final post in a nine-part series for Spectrum’s 2014 Summer Reading Group.

Viewpoint: Politics and SDA Religious Liberty

In a statement posted on June 30, 2014, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America 

Biotheological Ruminations of a Concerned Adventist Biologist

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is currently engaged with a number of big issues. We all know what they are: women’s ordination, sexuality, and origins.

La Sierra Students at the Emmys

On Monday night last week, La Sierra University film and television professor Rodney Vance took two of his film students, Darren Thomas and Kelanie Aragon, to see the Emmy Awards live. As a voting member of the Television Academy, Vance is an annual attendee of the Emmys.

A Plan for the Next 45 Years

I give myself about 70 years to live. (It's best to low-ball these things, especially since I've already used up about 25 of them.) Now, I have to decide how to spend the last 45. Even at this point in life, when I'm told I ought to feel invincible, it still doesn't seem like very long.

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