This past weekend (September 6-8) I had the honor and pleasure of attending the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference at the Sheraton Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As an intellectually inclined college student at Southern Adventist University, I normally would have followed this conference from afar, lacking the funds and possibly the time to go in person. But thanks to a generous anonymous donor, students in the honors program were given the chance to attend this year’s meeting; I was one of them, and what follows are some of my personal thoughts on the event.
Ryan Bell began his presentation on Sunday morning by playing a six-minute Mad TV video clip, in which a psychiatrist gives a patient this helpful advice for overcoming her many fears and problems: “Just stop it!”
When he took the platform, Bell told us he was going to talk to us about “How Interfaith Relationships Will (and Won’t) Save Us, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World.”
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sabbath morning — Brian McLaren continued the talk he began last night about the challenges facing Christianity if we are to define our identity through kindness and benevolent towards others rather than a hostile identity that divides the world into "us" and "them."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press published a front page article Sabbath, September 7, about this weekend's Adventist Forum Conference. Reporter Clint Cooper interviewed conference organizers and participants earlier this week.
A national conference in Chattanooga this weekend is holding up a mirror to Christianity.
The faith, according to speakers at the 2013 Adventist Forum, has become a tug of war between conservatives and liberals, with the result being a stagnant faith that wins over no one.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Friday evening — Brian McLaren began with a story of disappointment.
Some time ago the novelist Anne Rice returned from years of atheism to renewed fellowship with the Catholic Church. But it wasn’t long until she realized, in a deeply disheartening way, that Jesus’ followers are too often known for their hostility—their hostility to Jews and Muslims and gay and many others. They too often find their identity in terms of the people or ideas they oppose, or even hate.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 7:30pm -- Today marks the first day of the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference: "A Third Way" in beautiful (and warm) downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Conference co-chair Brenton Reading welcomed about 150 people from all over the US (and Canada) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Read House Hotel at about 6:30pm EST.
Dr. Laurence Turner preached this "stonkingly good" sermon on August 17, 2013, at a reunion weekend for students and staff who were at Newbold College in the 1960s. He used the story of Elijah to reflect on the history of Adventism and the need to move forward with the "still small voice."
Rabbits were firsts introduced to Australia for food. What nobody foresaw was that the rapid, explosive growth of the small furry animals quickly turned rabbits into a major pest that destroyed the open grassland and other grazing areas. This in turn impacted the natural fauna whose food supply was greatly reduced. The sheep industry was also negatively impacted.
An article published by the Adventist Review on August 27, 2013, explains the thinking behind a planned alliance between three third-level Adventist institutions:
1. After Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex couples, the woman who championed the effort was ousted from her church congregation: the Ridgedale Church of Christ.
2. Dollar General may be liable for firing a manager in New Jersey who refused to work on the Sabbath because he is a Seventh-day Adventist, a federal judge has ruled.
This is the second installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology. Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here.