In the previous articles of this sub-series I have explored biology through the eyes of science, and from this exercise it is now possible to distill several points that have important implications. First, while many Adventists express hostility to the term “evolution,” it really means nothing more than “change,” and change in and of itself is neither good nor bad—it just is.
As I did research for a chapter on Ellen White and the Indiana “holy flesh movement” for the book En Espíritu y en Verdad (Pacific Press, 2013) I came across a statement in a letter from Hattie Haskell to Ellen White (1900) about one “blind Sammy Hancock.” Since I had never heard about him, I decided to take a detour from my main subject and find out who he was. I was able to dig up several relevant details in the Adventist Archives of the Review and Herald going back to 1864.
If 20 years ago, when I was a student at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., you had told me that the town would become my permanent home, and that my bosses, professors and classmates would become my colleagues, laughter would have erupted.
But God had a plan for me, and it has been the biggest blessing to live and work in this college and church town called Angwin. Many of my colleagues have children and live within a one-mile radius of me, making play dates with the kids frequent and convenient.
Campmeeting is a unique experience for most Adventists. And while many may have never actually attended a “real campmeeting,” it is something almost all Adventists can identify with.
Yet in the last decade or so, I’ve seen traditional campmeetings slowly starting to disappear. In the Rocky Mountain Conference the big “Western Slope Campmeeting” has ceased to exist primarily due to financial reasons - a trend, unfortunately , that is not likely to turn around anytime soon.
Work of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee resumed this week as the 106-member committee gathered for its second session of the year near Baltimore at the Maritime Institute of Technology Conference Center.
On Tuesday, a vote was taken on a general consensus statement regarding a theology of ordination. Originally presented to the Committee in February, the document then was revised by a reading committee in May. Slight revisions were made this week before the document was approved by a vote of 86 to 8.
Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that a hotel group that owns the Comfort Inn Oceanfront South in Nags Head, North Carolina, has agreed to pay $45,000 to a Seventh-day Adventist employee after refusing to honor her request not to work on Sabbath.
Pastor Frederick Russell preaches on The Simple Community at the Berean Church in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 2013.
1. Jennifer Scott has accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the 3,000-member Keene Adventist Church, the church of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.
2. Jeff Brown, 57, pastor of the Apison Church, close to Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, collapsed and died unexpectedly last week while on a mission trip to Panama.
This is the sixth post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
Orlan Johnson, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, shares advice on how to be an effective Christian witness in public service at the June Religious Liberty Summit in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The postmodern mind is besieged by a barrage of information that numbs its ability to analyze and sort out one idea from the next. This prevents the construct of a well-thought-through worldview and leaves men and women with no reliable sense of direction. Incoherence is the norm of human activities, as can be observed in the arts and music for example, and the addiction to mindless video games. People no longer believe in anything. Faith is dead.
1. A Pakistani Seventh-day Adventist has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of sending a blasphemous text message (insulting Prophet Muhammed and Islam). Sajjad Masih Gill pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer contends that he did not own the phone the message was sent from, and there was no evidence against him.
The “not guilty” verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin threw back the superficial curtains of polite society to reveal the stark polarization of two Americas. In his blog post entitled, Trayvon and George: A Tale of Two Americas, activist and author Brian McLaren doesn’t dispute the American legal system’s decision; but, he is in no way satisfied with the outcome.
The General Conference has hired communications and public relations firm Allison + Partners to help raise awareness of the church and educate the public about its mission, as the church celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Allison + Partners’ work will focus primarily on message development, media relations and social media strategy, according to Greg Dunn, managing director in the agency’s Chicago office and a Seventh-day Adventist church member.
Over the previous four articles I have discussed a number of the more significant aspects of evolution. It is a concept that is multifaceted, with many aspects well documented and some that remain more speculative. If Adventist readers of the last article found the data unsettling, this particular article may prove a little more comforting—it having to do with the question of biological origins.
David Asscherick, co-founder of ARISE, preaches at Impact SA, the Adventist Youth Conference.
This is the fifth post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.