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3 Angles News - December 22, 2013

1. Loma Linda University partners with Texas A & M in space station stem cell research.

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Faith for Today's 'Miracle at Gate 213'

Watch a behind-the-scenes video by cast members of Miracle at Gate 213, including Academy Award-Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Grammy Award-Winner Deniece Williams, and Days of Our Lives super couple Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes.

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Sabbath Sermon: Philip Yancey, "Rumors of Another World "

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Religious Liberty PSA - Discrimination Destroys People

The Adventist Church's religious liberty arm, the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, released a public service announcement video in concert with COMFILMS (www.comfilms.com) entitled "Discrimination Destroys People."

Accompanying the video came the following description:

"In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded the 'International Religious Liberty Association' (IRLA). This NGO promotes religious liberty for all people to this day. In 1901, the Adventist Church has installed the department 'Public Affairs and Religious Liberty' (PARL) to defend and promote religious liberty."

"This film clip deals with the universality and indivisibility of religious liberty and has been produced in six languages for the church's internal Religious Liberty Day in January 2014 by young Adventists together with COMFILMS."

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Beyond Credibility? Pushing an Evangelistic Film Series

Picture the scene: Pastors at a conference meeting are discussing Beyond The Search (2012), the $2.5 million outreach film series produced by Adventist Media Network, Australia.  "I wish I could be more positive, but the seekers I’ve played it to don’t really get a clear message," says one.  "It assumes quite a lot of knowledge and the film’s argument isn’t really coherent." Another says, "I’ve found some people like it, but most don’t find it very entertaining." One senior pastor says, "My Bible worker took it to a guy who saw NASCAR racing on the front cover, b

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Waiting for Jesus...I Mean Superman

I grew up in a white, middle-class, fundamentalist Protestant community. As a result I learned to think of God as my Father, and Jesus as my savior, like a fairytale prince in shining armor or the ultimate boyfriend. As an undergraduate in Religious Studies, I encountered other ways to relate to the Divine and I discovered feminist Christianity.

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Three Angles News - December 13, 2013

1. Adventist "Bible Boom" contest finalists from across the Inter-American Division competed in Cuba last weekend, with 20-year-old Jempsy Tisma from Haiti winning the competition and demonstrating exhaustive knowledge of 10 books of the Bible, from Ephesians to Hebrews.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Kung Pao, Then and Now

The upside to living in Portland, Oregon, is the plethora of food options. The downside to living in Portland, Oregon, is also the plethora of food options. When I was about 10, my dad, Newcombe Wang (who originally came from Shanghai), took us to virtually every Chinese restaurant in the Portland-metro area in a quest for the best Chinese cuisine in town. For one year, our family dined in palaces and dives throughout the city. To this day, we maintain an exclusive list of Portland’s Chinese restaurants that met his approval.

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Alex Bryan to Leave Kettering Presidency and Return to Walla Walla

UPDATED 9pm EST -- Just over six months after leaving as senior pastor of Walla Walla University Church and relocating to Kettering College as the school’s sixth president, Alex Bryan has announced that he is leaving - and going back to his old job. 

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Sabbath Sermon: Jon Paulien, "The Scandal of the Cross"

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The Fourth Chair

Every year or so, my two best friends and I get together for a long weekend of “just the guys.” We live in different states so it is a challenge to coordinate our schedules, family responsibilities and jobs to make it happen.  More than once we’ve had to cancel due to last minute issues that crept up.  Our gatherings so far have taken us to Washington State, Utah, and Colorado.

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Some Seventh-day Adventists Forge Ahead on Women Clergy

Last week, Religion News Service published an article by Adelle M. Banks about the internal disagreement in the Seventh-day Adventist Church on ordaining women.

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Human Rights Day: Swiss Video Clip Portrays Religious Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Switzerland published a movie clip on religious freedom in six languages. Using religious freedom as an example it focuses on the universality of human rights. It was produced by young Adventists who are engaged in the film business either full or part time.

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Ben Carson on Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Dr. Ben Carson, renowned Adventist neurosurgeon, talks to Fox News about Nelson Mandela's legacy and the lessons we can learn from his life. "We are not enemies. If we use our collective, skills, intellect and compassion - together amazing things can be done."

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Highland View Academy Chaplain Dismissed Over Same-Sex Wedding

On September 13 at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, two young ladies, Rande McDaniel and Britney Moss, joined in marriage under the state’s recently-enacted same-sex marriage bill. The occasion was an intimate dinner in a modern, minimalistic event room with some forty to fifty close friends and family members. After a catered meal and stories about the couple, Rande and Britney exchanged vows.

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Weep & Worship: A Conclusion

God is dead. God remains dead.

These words that fueled a jarring theological movement have burned and etched a confusing and painful scar on the face of Christian theology; it brings with it connotations of flux and fear, shame and guilt, emptiness and hopelessness.

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Sabbath Sermon: Brian McLaren, "Rediscovering Christian Faith"

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What Is White Supremacy? Part 2 of 2

This is the second article in a two-part series. Read part one here.

I usually avoid using the word “racism,” even if modified by the adjective “white.” This phrase obscures our situation, because it treats racism as one thing and whiteness as another, as though there is generic racism, which can simply be attributed to white or other people. This is assumed whenever someone speaks of “reverse racism” or “reverse discrimination.” It is assumed that genuine role reversal is possible. But this is a mistaken assumption.

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Christmas Card Campaign For Three Falsely Imprisoned Adventists

Via the Adventist News Network

Seventh-day Adventist human rights advocates are urging church members worldwide to send encouragement in the form of Christmas cards to three members in prison on what church officials say are false charges.

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La Sierra University Film Professor Wins International Emmy

At the 41st International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, acclaimed screenwriter and La Sierra University adjunct film and television professor Christoph Silber won for his writing in "A Day For A Miracle."  Silber's film won in the TV Movie/Miniseries category.

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