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Tensions between Secularization and Sectarianism in Adventist Higher Education

My son Bruce, a journalist for the newspaper Good Times in Santa Cruz, was assigned to write a story about the possible effects of climate change on the Bristle Cone Pines in the White Mountains of California.  He arranged to

The Record Keeper's Makers Express Disappointment at Its Cancellation

Many people have expressed disappointment that The Record Keeper has been cancelled, including its creators.

Art and Biblical Interpretation: The Concocted Furor Over Noah

I’m a little amused, but mostly annoyed, at the hyperventilating retorts to Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of the biblical story of Noah. Most of the assaults on the movie are being reported as coming from “Christians.” 

Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Potluck Wisdom

I’ve always enjoyed potlucks. Whatever the occasion, it’s fun to try new dishes, and taste the answers to questions like, what is in that unusual casserole? What is the filling in that pie covered with such a crispy crust? Potlucks offer a smorgasbord of new dishes and the opportunity to exchange recipes. And, if you’re vegetarian, one thing about most U.S. Adventist church potlucks is almost always guaranteed: the casseroles, “meat”-loaves and beyond fit your vegetarian lifestyle, as they usually doesn’t contain meat.

General Conference Decides Not to Release "The Record Keeper"

Spectrum was sent the following news release this afternoon, a few minutes before the official release time of 2pm EST.

Adventists In The Military: The Death of a Peace Church?

This presentation concludes the Advent Movement series at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, CA. Ron Osborn considers Adventists’ changing attitudes on military involvement.

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, USC adjunct professor of Politics and International Relations, Ronald Osborn, addresses Adventists’ changing attitude on military involvement from strident anti-war non-combatancy to a much more lax attitude.

Church Adopts Guidelines for Responding to Alternative Sexual Practices

The discussion which resulted in the passage this afternoon of GC Document 125-14G, "Guidelines for the Seventh-day Adventist In Responding to Homosexual and Other Alternative Sexual Practices," (version April 4, 2014) began shortly after the last General Conference Session, July, 2010.  A number of division presidents and others expressed concern as to the church's proper response to cultural changes, specifically the rapid growth in the acceptance of homosexuality as non-deviant and the related acceptance of gay/lesbian marriage as a civil right.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: 'Sciences of Satanic Origin' - Adventist Attitudes Toward Evolutionary Biology and Geology

Up to this point in the series, "Bringing the Real World to Genesis,” we have been reviewing some of the scientific data that leads to conclusions about which there is largely a scientific consensus, with anticipation that minor modifications will occur over time. The next couple of articles will consider the history of Adventist thought related to interpretation of Genesis that lead to the current Adventist predicament.

Three Angles News - New Details on Church's Cyber Theft Case

1. New details reveal the method by which the SDA church became the victim of cyber theft, resulting in the loss of $500,000.  During four weeks last year, a church employee's Gmail was hacked, falsely authorizing the release of funds.

Caring for Words Book Club: Share Stories

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

Women's Ordination "Collateral Damage" in Church's Turn Toward Fundamentalism

Women’s ordination and biblical interpretation were the main topics of the 34

Proposed Church Guidelines Would Deny Membership to Practicing LGBT Population

One of the items on the agenda for the Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week during its biannual leadership meetings is “proposed guidelines in responding to changing cultural attitudes regarding homosexual and other alternative sexual practices.”

Viewpoint: A Student and His Signs

On March 21, Alvin Maragh began his presentation as a guest speaker for Asian Heritage weekend. On Friday night he delivered a message in which he spoke about homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and homosexual Adventists/people.

Viewpoint: How Our Understanding of Homosexuality Has Changed

The recent Adventist Cape Town Summit "In God's Image: Scripture, Sexuality, Society" brought the topic of sexuality to the forefront of discussion for our church, and it continues to be

New Board Chair and Bylaw Changes Mark Special Constituency Session and Board Meeting at Pacific Union College

Bradford Newton, the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference, was   elected chair of the Pacific Union College board April 1,  at a Board meeting following a special Constituency session called to make changes in the college’s bylaws. He replaces Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union who has served as the board chair for both Pacific Union College and La Sierra University.

Sabbath Sermon: Brenda Billingy, "Witness Protection"

An additional video: "Ordination - The Case of Pastor Brenda Billingy", can be found here.

Three Angles News - Assault and Robbery on Andrews Campus

1. Three suspects have been arrested and are in the Berrien County jail after a series of assaults and armed robberies on the Andrews University campus 

Caring for Words Book Club: Stay (or Get) in Conversation

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

My Brief, Abortive Pastoral Career

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.

Branch Davidians (and Adventists) Revisited in The New Yorker

Malcolm Gladwell talks about Waco survivor Clive Doyle's book in the March 31 New Yorker, and how the FBI's refusal to take David Koresh's theology seriously precipitated the 51-day stand-off and tragedy in Texas.





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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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