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PUC Legal Counsel Requests Removal of "Adam and Steve" Video

On Wednesday, archival video of pastor and Pacific Union College Chaplain Jonathan Henderson’s widely viewed “Adam and Steve” sermon from his Fall Revival series at PUC disappeared from the PUC Church Livestream page. The video had garnered over 33,000 views in 138 countries, and quickly spread virally on social media before suddenly going offline.

Spectrum featured the video on October 10 as that day’s Sabbath Sermon. It became one of the most viewed articles for the month of October.

Hangzhou China: "About 100 Faithful Members Each Week"

In 1989, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou, China was founded on the condition that Seventh-day Adventists manage the hospital. It's benefactor and namesake requested Adventist oversight after his mother was treated at an Adventist hospital in the Far East.

Oops! Andrews Smarter than Walla Walla According to Business Insider Rankings

We spoke too soon when we called Walla Walla University the smartest Adventist university in North America. Walla Walla's ranking in the top 600 smartest U.S. colleges in a Business Insider report appeared to make them the only Adventist to attain such a ranking. That is, until an astute reader, Anthony Bosman, pointed out that Andrews Univeristy made the list too--some 90 slots ahead of Walla Walla.

Business Insider Ranks Walla Walla Among Smartest U.S. Colleges

Of the Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America, only Walla Walla University* in Southeastern Washington State made Business Insider's list of 600 Smartest Colleges in America. Walla Walla tied with nine other colleges for 600th place.

Headlines: Gillian Seton Says Ebola Epidemic Exaggerates Risks

Here is our weekly roundup of headlines featuring Adventists around the world.

Dr. Gillian Seton, Loma Linda School of Medicine graduate (pictured), finds that news coverage of the ebola epidemic exaggerates the risks of infections but misses the real needs to defeat the outbreak. Full Aritlce: Loma Linda Graduate Working in Liberia Updates Ebola Situation

New York Times: Jordanian Artifacts Loaned to Andrews University Museum "A Coup"

The New York Times has written that a collection of artifacts from Jordan on loan to the Siegfried H. Horn Museum on the campus of Andrews University is a coup for the museum. The Times' report indicates that 48 fragments of ceramic figures of humans and horses, possibly religious in nature, will be housed in the Horn Museum for a year. The relics from the 8th to the 6th century B.C. were extracted from sites in Tall Jalul, Jordan over more than a decade, ending in 2012. According to the report, the sharing of artifacts like these is increasingly uncommon.

Utah Bible & Science Conference Panel Discussion II: Audience Peppers Panel With Questions

LOMA LINDA - After panelists at the discussion of the St. George, Utah International Conference on the Bible and Science finished giving opening remarks of various lengths, the panel engaged in a back-and-forth over changes in views on the Trinity and on the age of the earth within the Seventh-day Adventist community. Following that discussion, moderator Jim Walters invited questions from audience members. The following are synopses of the questions asked in order, along with responses from respective panel members.

Sandra Roberts "Living Adventist History" Says Press Enterprise

The Press Enterprise, a regional news organization that covers Southern California's Inland Empire, has written an article about the first Seventh-day Adventist woman to serve as a conference president--Dr. Sandra Roberts. The article notes that while Roberts is making history, so are denominational administrators who refuse to recognize her election.

Utah Bible & Science Conference Panel Discussion: Defending and Dissecting the Conference

LOMA LINDA - Five participants in the August 2014 St. George, Utah International Conference on the Bible and Science discussed, debated, defended and dissected the conference in front of a scholarly audience at Loma Linda University's Damazo Amphitheater Saturday afternoon. Jim Walters of Loma Linda University's Center for Christian Bioethics hosted and moderated the panel discussion, and professor Richard Rice joined the five conference attendees at the table to contribute his theological perspectives to the discussion.

Yik Yak App Sweeps Adventist Campuses to Mixed Reviews

Yik Yak, a free social media app that lets users post anonymous “yaks" is sweeping Adventist college campuses.

Good Deeds from an Evil Heart? Sabbath School Podcast on James

Click the play button below for podcast of Alden Thompson, Pedrito Maynard-Reid and Dave Thomas discussing this week's Sabbath School lesson from the Book of James.


Synopsis: Doing, Not Just Hearing

I'm a Democrat Because of My Adventist Faith

With this article, we introduce a new regular feature we call the Spectrum Roundtable. In it, we invite participants with differing viewpoints to address the same topic or question. In this first edition of the Roundtable, Tom Gessel and Michael Peabody discuss the political outgrowths of their Adventist faith. -Editor

I'm an Adventist and I'm a Republican

With this article, we introduce a new regular feature we call the Spectrum Roundtable. In it, we invite participants with differing viewpoints to address the same topic or question. In this first edition of the Roundtable, Tom Gessel and Michael Peabody discuss the political outgrowths of their Adventist faith. -Editor

Southern Adventist University Student Now Leads LGBT Collegiate Coalition

After three years leading the Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition (IAGC), its president, Andrews University student Eliel Cruz, has handed leadership over to Jefferson Clark, a senior public relations and international studies major at Southern Adventist University.

IAGC is an unsanctioned but growing network of Gay-Straight Alliances on Adventist college campuses in North America.

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

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