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Happy Theological Humility Day

It is our tradition to mark October 22, the day that the Seventh-day Adventist Church began, according to many. It is the day that the Millerite band expected their Lord to return to earth, and it is the day that he did not. The experience is captured in the words of Ellen White in "The Great Controversy," page 409.

Perspective: Is Women's Ordination Satanic Deception or God's Plan A?

I’m going to stick my neck out regarding a polarizing issue in the church: women’s ordination.

It’s become especially crucial to speak about this now with an important vote to be taken at the upcoming General Conference Session in 2015. Ever since I started researching the issue a few years ago, I’ve become increasingly drawn to one side. I’d like to share my thought process.

Three Angles Headlines: Vegetarianism May Mean Low Sperm Count

This week in Adventist headlines:

The Washingtonian named Seventh-day Adventist Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, the meanest Democratic Congress member of 2014. Rankings are based on anonymous surveys given to congressional employees who rank their bosses. Read the full story here.

Almost News: New Adventist Church Potluck Rating System

In response to complaints that the "Find a Church" search function on adventist.org does not provide visitors with enough information on churches around the world, General Conference Communication officials have decided to add a user-generated rankings system for each church's potluck offerings. 

Perspective: Problems With Adventist Creationism

In response to sketchy reports about the major faith and science conference held in Utah this past August, several of my church members, non-scientists, asked me about the current state of Adventist belief regarding creation. This article is a revised version of a column I wrote for our church newsletter. -John McLarty

How to Promote Women In Leadership

Last Sabbath morning, the attendees of the Association of Adventist Women annual conference considered the difficult subject of abuse.

White Estate Releases Online Game to Help Pathfinders Earn "God’s Messenger" Honor

The Ellen G. White Estate has released Pitcairn, a new online game that helps Pathfinders earn the “God’s Messenger” honor.

The White Estate first unveiled the honor at the 2014 Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pathfinders can earn the honor by achieving 200 or more points on either the Pitcairn game or the soon-to-be released free Pitcairn app.

The Good Lord Had A Different Plan for Ben Carson

YORBA LINDA - Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon and prospective Republican White House candidate Dr. Benjamin Carson practiced what may become his campaign stump speech in front of a supportive crowd at the Nixon Presidential Library on Sunday. While Dr. Carson made no mention of his faith tradition, he sprinkled his prepared comments with references to God. The event was part of Carson's One Nation book tour.

Leading Like a Woman Is a Good Thing

The 32nd annual conference of the Association of Adventist Women opened on Thursday night, October 16, with a presentation by keynote speaker Ella Simmons, general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Simmons is the first woman to be voted into one of the GC’s vice president positions — a seat she has held for nearly 10 years.

Viewpoint: Where Are We Regarding Ordaining Women?

The divisions have given their verdicts, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) has completed its studies and its vote,  the annual council has voted how the issue will be presented at the General Conference  Session in 2015.

I. What did the divisions decide?

Abuse and Mentoring Both Discussed at Association of Adventist Women Conference

For the past two-and-a-half days, the Association of Adventist Women has been meeting on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Ella Simmons, first woman general vice president of the world church, was the keynote speaker for the annual conference, with the theme of Women Mentoring Women.

Adventist Docs Have Recommendations for WHO on Ebola

LOMA LINDA - Dr. Gillian Seton and Dr. James Appel, Adventist Health International missionary doctors to West Africa, told stories and gave recommendations concerning the Ebola crisis to an overflowing audience at Loma Linda University's Frank Damazo Amphitheater Friday evening. Loma Linda University's Global Health Institute hosted the vespers program as part of its 2014 Global Healthcare Conference.

Adventist Pastor in Ukraine Released from Detention

This update on the abducted Ukrainian pastor was sent to us yesterday by the General Conference communications department.

Annual Council Diary VI: Orchestrating the Session

There were some ah ha moments in the Annual Council deliberation on how to handle women’s ordination on Tuesday. One ah ha came early, during the morning devotional by Dr. Peter Landless as he described Jesus encounter with the woman at the well. “The woman proved to be a more effective missionary than Jesus’ disciples,” Landless said, and an audible ahhh rose from the audience.

Other ah ha’s have come to me in the hours since the meeting as I have thought and talked with others about what was and was not presented during this tightly scripted day.

Three Angles Headlines: Carson Presidential Run Imminent; Adventist Hospitals in W. Africa Closed

Adventist neurosurgeon turned political figure Dr. Benjamin Carson now places second in an Iowa straw poll behind 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Carson has taken the first steps to running for president of the United States. via The Washington Post.

 

Perspective: Who Will Rescue the Bible?

    We can no longer think of the Bible as a helpful guide for humanity.  It is full of contradictions.  It is an engine of violence.  At the same time it is a conversation stopper, and so, like totalitarianism, it shuts down the avenues to moral progress and human betterment.

That’s my summary of a perspective increasingly commonplace in popular culture.  If you pay attention to the New Atheists and their ilk, you hear it a lot.  And for anyone who loves the Bible, it’s a blow to the ear and the heart alike.

Attempts to Change Seminary Statement on Headship Rebutted

Yesterday the Adventist Review reported that the faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University voted to reaffirm its statement on headship, denying the appeal to significantly change it made by a group of 25 theologians and pastors, spearheaded by 

BREAKING: Annual Council Votes Women's Ordination Question for 2015 GC Session

SILVER SPRING - At approximately 5:37 local time, Annual Conference delegates voted to approve language crafted by The General Conference and Division Officers (GCDO), that will now go to delegates at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. The language from GCDO came in the form of a question, posted below.

Delegates will be asked,

After your prayerful study on ordination from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the reports of the study commissions, and;

Annual Council Diary V: Inspired Revisions

The house was packed for Mark Finley’s Monday morning devotional, and he preached with fervor describing the love that is at the heart of the Three Angels messages in Revelation. In closing he told the story of George Frederic Handel’s encounter with God while writing The Messiah. Handel said the heavens opened up for him as he penned the Hallelujah Chorus and he saw Jesus’ face.  Then Finley invited the audience to sing the one-word song Hallelujah with him. The day was off to an inspiring start.



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