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Sabbath Sermon: Smuts Van Rooyen, "Feeding the Deep Hunger"

Smuts Van Rooyen Thursday, June 2, 2011 Feeding the Deep Hunger from John Treolo on Vimeo.

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Senator Ted Cruz's Adventist Connections

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Tea Party darling and the face of the recent government shutdown strategy, is married to the daughter of Adventist missionaries and a graduate of Monterey Bay Adventist Academy in California.

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Martin Doblmeier's Sequel, The Adventists 2: A Review

In 2010 a surprising new documentary appeared on the screen: The Adventists. From independent filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, director of such films as Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa and BONHOEFFER, it explored the Adventist church’s contribution to the field of health. Now, Doblmeir has just released a sequel for broadcast on American public television. The Adventists 2 is an intriguing, inspiring, and well-rounded portrait of how faith educates, motivates, and transforms lives around the world.

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Happy Great Disappointment Day

David Trim, director of Archives, Statistics and Research at the General Conference, talks about The Great Disappointment of 1844.

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Three Angles News - October 21, 2013

1. Volunteers are wanted for a large-scale Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study by Loma Linda University that hopes to determine links between walnut consumption and brain, eye, and cognitive functions.

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Sabbath Sermon: Ted Wilson, "Illuminate the Earth with God's Glory"

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Annual Council Has a Lighter Side

Ansel Oliver wrote this piece for ANN, published October 16, about the jokes shared from the podium during Annual Council - both deliberate and accidental - that kept delegates laughing.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Black Bean Soup

In addition to memorable Sabbath meals, Sabbath at the Spectrum Café features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.

Just as God knew Jeremiah in the womb, so he knew me. He knew I was going to be a vegetarian before I saw the light of day. One problem—nothing is perfect in this world—I was born into a meat-eating, steak-and-potatoes family. As early as I can remember, meat disgusted me. I remember gagging at the fat on the side of my lamb chop, praying that God would make it disappear.

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The Final Pitches: Annual Council Diary, Day Six

It was the last day of Annual Council. General Conference Vice President Lowell Cooper was pitching a document on governing board autonomy, independence, and accountability in colleges and universities. He said the original version of the document had been circulated to the administrations and board chairs of the various Adventist colleges and universities. Recommendations from that group had been used to revise the document that was being presented. As usual the chair of the meeting asked if there were any comments. And this time, surprisingly, there were.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: What Have Volcanoes and Soils Told Me?

For the last several articles of this series we have been looking at geological data that suggests the earth to be of an age far in excess of a few thousand years. In this article we meet a field geologist who discusses some of the evidence of age found in the soil, and who consequently struggles to relate the data to Adventist interpretations of a young earth. In the final analysis, he seeks unity of data with religious beliefs.

-Jan M. Long

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The Good News, Bad News Day: Annual Council Diary, Day Five

In the beginning there were movies about creation, animal encounters and beyond. And it was very good. There were also reports from every possible General Conference department on how they are participating in the “Creation: The World is a Witness” evangelism project for 2014. From creation care features in the stewardship magazine to children’s curriculum on creation, it seems every possible angle has been considered.

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Money for the Younger Set, Lessons for the Leaders: Annual Council Diary, Day Four

Annual financial reports were presented to the Executive Committee of the General Conference on Monday and a $175 million budget was voted. Treasurer Robert Lemon’s report mixed philosophical musings with the reality of the numbers. For a variety of reasons, he said, the September financial statement shows the church is $9 million behind where it was last year at this time.

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Discovering Broomfield's Seventh-day Adventist Church

Last week the Broomfield Enterprise, the local paper for one of Denver's suburbs, published a piece about the wonderful welcome offered by The Journey - a local Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Local religion columnist George McHendry called it "one of the best-kept church secrets in my years of writing this column."

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The Sabbath Sofa, Bible Heroes and the End of the Great Controversy Project: Annual Council Diary, Day Three

When the General Conference Executive Committee meets each fall in Silver Spring, all kinds of other meetings are put on the schedule, too. Sunday morning, the Council on Evangelism and Witness resumed presentations that it had started on Friday night. Today it was time to talk about creative evangelism ideas. My favorites came from the United Kingdom where an evangelistic series is underway in London.

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Communicating Love: Annual Council Diary, Day Two

Ever since I read about the personal love languages as described by Gary Chapman, I’ve been thinking about how those languages might apply to people and their relationship with the church. Words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, all could be applied appropriately. So, it was that while I sat listening to General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson preach Sabbath, Oct. 12, on “Communicating God’s Truth in Love,” I fell to wondering just what his love language for the church might be.

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WASC Commends La Sierra University for Revisions to Governance Practices

La Sierra University published this press release on its website October 10, 2013.

A special visiting team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has commended La Sierra University for the considerable work the school has completed addressing concerns regarding university governance expressed by the regional accrediting association.

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Thriving in the Midst of Turbulence: Annual Council Diary, Day One

Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer is reporting from Annual Council, and her exclusive stories are available here on the Spectrum blog.

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Sabbath Sermon: Lee Venden, "Born Twice"

Born Twice-Lee Venden 5/4/2013 from lluc media on Vimeo.

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Our Common Bonds

We live in turbulent times, particularly in the United States, where ideology seems to drive us from one manufactured political crisis to another. Most recently, we have been taken to the brink of an economic abyss through a debt default - only to be given a few weeks reprieve when the cycle may be repeated.

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La Sierra's Adventist Accreditation Renewed

The Adventist Review published this article by news editor Mark A. Kellner on its website today, October 10, 2013:
 

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