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Sabbath Sermon: Brian McLaren, "Rediscovering Christian Faith"

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What Is White Supremacy? Part 2 of 2

This is the second article in a two-part series. Read part one here.

I usually avoid using the word “racism,” even if modified by the adjective “white.” This phrase obscures our situation, because it treats racism as one thing and whiteness as another, as though there is generic racism, which can simply be attributed to white or other people. This is assumed whenever someone speaks of “reverse racism” or “reverse discrimination.” It is assumed that genuine role reversal is possible. But this is a mistaken assumption.

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Christmas Card Campaign For Three Falsely Imprisoned Adventists

Via the Adventist News Network

Seventh-day Adventist human rights advocates are urging church members worldwide to send encouragement in the form of Christmas cards to three members in prison on what church officials say are false charges.

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La Sierra University Film Professor Wins International Emmy

At the 41st International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, acclaimed screenwriter and La Sierra University adjunct film and television professor Christoph Silber won for his writing in "A Day For A Miracle."  Silber's film won in the TV Movie/Miniseries category.

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What Is White Supremacy? Part 1 of 2

This is the first article in a two-part series. Read part two here.

I have never met a white person who freely admitted to being a white supremacist, and rarely will a white person identify someone who is a white supremacist (except maybe Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck).

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Tuesday’s Here

UPDATE; 7:36 pm PST -- Donors - 15; Total received $5,650

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Three Angles News - December 2, 2013

LLUMC Unveils Cutting Edge Heart Procedure
A new therapy has been developed by physicians at Loma Linda University to "treat patients who have severe aortic valve stenosis, shortness of breath, chest pain, heart failure, light-headedness and syncope. The procedure provides an alternative to open heart surgery for patients who are considered inoperable."

Scam Culprit Confesses

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Age Dating of Rocks

The history of human attempts to measure time is a fascinating story that starts with the only tools primitive people had, namely the seasons and cosmology (e.g., the sun day-and night-cycles, and moon phases and cycles). Attempts to measure time later became more sophisticated with the invention of formal calendars, sundials and mechanical clocks.

Most people recognize that all these devices have limitations and have the capacity to provide inaccurate information, but no one seriously questions the reliability and usefulness of them in providing a practical measure of time.

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Tuesday's Coming

With Black Friday shopping winding down, Giving Tuesday approaches. Have you heard of Giving Tuesday?  It is a national day for sharing that follows the shopping days: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thus, Giving Tuesday this year will fall on December 3. It is a day set aside to give back to the community.

To Spectrummites all over the world, we invite your participation on Tuesday.

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Sabbath Sermon: Des Ford, "This I Believe"

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Passing Our Thanks On

Today is a day for giving thanks. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of every November (Canadians in October), but it’s a good reminder that all of us, no matter where we live, have a lot to be thankful for. We offer thanks for the many blessings we have been given. We can also thank the people in our lives who have helped us in ways big and small, and had a hand in making us the people we are. 

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Veggie Loaf Rx

Still looking for something to make for your Thanksgiving feast tomorrow? Dreaming about that Veggie Loaf/Mrs. Martin's Roast/Nut Roast/"Meat" Loaf/Cottage Cheese Patties of your youth, and wishing you had asked your mom for the recipe? Well, the Vegan Lunch Box can solve your cooking crisis with this handy fill-in-the-blank recipe. When Spectrum stumbled across this page, we could feel the genius behind it.

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Pope Francis’ Message to the SDA Church

The pontificate of Pope Francis has been nothing short of surprising. Coming after years of the highbrow and intellectual mannerisms of Benedict XVI, Francis is winning hearts and minds across the globe by insisting the church come down from its pedestal and engage humanity. In recent photos, Francis is seen hugging two disfigured men. Those pictures have gone viral. People are asking: Is he the “reincarnation” of Pope John Paul II?

In a statement today, Tuesday Nov 26 2013, Francis said:

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Three Angles News - November 25, 2013

1. A man is on trial for the theft of more than $850,000 from a New Zealand SDA pastor and his wife, who, along with others from the congregation were deceived when they loaned him money. Damas Flohr falsely claimed he had $35.8 million owed to him from a Nigerian oil contract, and asked for loans from different churchmembers to ease his financial troubles until that money was paid.

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A Million Gods, a Thousand Hotels and Seven Churches: a Bali Photo Essay

I do not know how and when Bali got the name "Island of Gods" but there could not be a better one. The island, of about four million people, is almost totally Hindu, in a country that has the largest Muslim population in the world. I visited there a few weeks ago and was entranced by the things that I saw.

This huge god is one of the two that guard the main entrance of the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.

Many from Bali identify first as Balinese before being Indonesian.  There is a lot to Balinese culture: food, clothing, religion, art.

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Seventh-Gay Adventists Film Now Available Online

Seventh-Gay Adventists: A Film About Faith on the Margins is now available Online to anyone with an internet connection, its makers announced. Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, the couple who created and produced the film, have released it digitally on their website just in advance of the Holiday Season. It can be streamed from the site, and DVD and Blu-ray copies will be shipping on December 10, Akers said in an email notification to the film's followers.

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Sabbath Sermon: Alister McGrath, "How Christians Relate to the World"

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A Meeting of Minds

Bringing together Adventist academics and church administrators for the Summit on Nurture and Retention produced a fascinating mix of presentations and conversations. With recent membership surveys in nine of the world divisions, there was data to inform program reports. Graduate student Katelyn Ruiz talked about nonverbal behavior in a case study of the welcoming program at a local church.

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Missing In Action

It was just so ironic. At the summit called to address why the Seventh-day Adventist church is losing one-third of its members out the back door, the one presenter who is known to be gay was disinvited at the last minute. And while he was told he was welcome to attend, he could not present his paper which had nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality. It was not because he is gay that he could not present, he was assured, but “because of the views you have publicly espoused on this subject."

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Shutting The Back Door

With one third of baptized Seventh-day Adventist church members slipping out the back door, officials at the General Conference have decided it is time to address the issue in a major way. To do so, academic researchers and church administrators are meeting this week in Silver Spring to discuss the data and suggest a strategy to reverse the trend during the “Summit on Nurture and Retention, 2013: Discipling, Retaining, and Reclaiming”.

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