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The Cost of Discipleship – 1: Grace

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

Raafat Kamal Confirmed as New TED President

The General Conference Executive Committee elected Pastor Raafat Kamal as the new president of the Trans European Division today, following his recommendation by the TED executive committee. Kamal, originally from Lebanon, will replace Bertil Wiklander, who served as TED president for 19 years.

Ohio Conference President Did Not Know about Pipim's Re-Baptism Until After It Happened

In today's Faithpoints newsletter from the Ohio Conference, conference president Ron Halvorsen, Jr, made a statement about Samuel Koranteng-Pipim's re-baptism in his conference on

Growing Up Adventist: Faith and Science

I am an Adventist amalgamation of my grandfathers.  One was a second-generation Adventist pastor, evangelist, and chaplain.  The other was a convert to Adventism while working as a machinist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and a lifelong enthusiast of Scientific American.  

Viewpoint: Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

As an Adventist minister, I’ve followed with more than casual interest Dr.

Summer Reading Group: The Cost of Discipleship

The summer is well underway and once again we’re planning to blog through a book together.

This Week in Adventist History: General Conference Sessions Through the Years

Every five years, the first week of July marks the General Conference Session, when the world church gets together. The last GC was held in the Georgia Dome, with more than 2,000 delegates and about 70,000 attendees from all over the globe. The next General Conference will be a year from now in San Antonio, Texas.

Overcoming the LGT Formula

I love the gospel. There is so much power and beauty in it — it is the one biblical theme I never get tired of.

Join Us for the 2014 Spectrum/AF Conference

The 2014 Spectrum/Adventist Forum Conference will take place October 3-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.  Entitled The Great Adventist Stories, it will highlight different perspectives on the original and ongoing story of The Great Controversy, the relatively recent trauma of The Great Disappointment and our communal longing for The Great Advent Hope.  These shared Adventist stories are all grounded in the stories of the Bible which find common ground

New Trans European Division President Nominated

Raafat Kamal, the field secretary and assistant to the president of the Trans European Division, has been nominated to serve as the new president of the Division in a meeting of the Division Executive Committee with General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson. The nomination goes to the July 10 meeting of the General Conference Administrative Committee for approval.

Michigan Conference Did Not Support Pipim's Re-Baptism

The president of the Michigan Conference, Jay Gallimore, sent a memo yesterday to all conference ministers and staff, saying he believed the Ann Arbor Church had made the right decision not to re-baptize Samuel-Koranteng Pipim "at this time," and that "rebaptism does not necessarily reestablish spiritual leadership."

Supreme Court Lets Ban on "Conversion Therapy" Stand

As it works to clear its caseload before summer recess, the US Supreme Court said yesterday that it will not hear a case contesting a California ban on “conversion therapy.”

California was the first state to ban the practice, which is aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian minors.

Growing Up Adventist: A Place in the Church

I’m a second generation Seventh-day Adventist woman. I was born in Argentina, in the rural region of Entre Rios. My birth and identity as an Adventist begins here: with convert parents who met at an Adventist university, married, and dedicated both daughters to the church. 

NAD Approves of Supreme Court's Ruling for Hobby Lobby

The North American Division of the SDA Church said today that it was “encouraged” by the US Supreme Court’s ruling for Hobby Lobby. In the 5-4 decision, the Court decided that the for-profit, family-owned (“closely held”) corporation does not have to offer female employees all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, as the Affordable Health Care mandates.

SDA Church Asks for Exemption in Order Banning LGBT Discrimination

Dwayne Leslie, director of legislative affairs at the General Conference, was one of a list of over 100 religious leaders who signed a letter this week asking US President Barack Obama for religious freedom protection in the executive order he plans to sign prohibiting federal contractors from considering sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring decisions.

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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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