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Sabbath Sermon: Alex Bryan, "The Gap"

1.11.14 Alex Bryan, "The Gap" from Walla Walla University Church on Vimeo.

The sermon begins at the 20:10 point of the video.

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The Latest from the PUC Academic Freedom Debate

On Tuesday afternoon, Pacific Union College President Heather Knight sent a message to all the PUC faculty called “Academic Freedom: Continuing to Learn Together,” with an update on the debate over academic freedom at the college, reporting on her meeting to discuss the topic with faculty leaders at the Academic Senate meeting on January 28.

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Three Angles News - February 5, 2014

1. Kettering College has named Nate Brandstater as the college’s new president, re

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European Sunday Alliance Holds Second Conference

The European Sunday Alliance — a coalition of various trade unions, civil society organizations and religious communities — recently held its second Conference on Work-free Sundays and Decent Work at the European Parliament. 

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From the Outside Looking In: Making Sense of Adventism as a "Former"

House-hunting can be a daunting task, even with all the tools the internet has to offer.  I can set all the necessary parameters, study the photos, check the "street view," and even drive to the address, get out of the car, and (if nobody's home) go peek in the windows.  But the only sure way to discover what it would be like to live in that house is to have somebody unlock the door and let me in.  Churches are

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Sabbath Sermon: Wintley Phipps, "The HPLP Gene"

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First-ever posthumous award from the Anti-Defamation League to an Adventist

At its annual meeting in February, the Anti-Defamation League will present the Jan Karski “Courage to Care” award to a man credited for saving over 1,000 Jewish men, women, and children, Allied pilots, and political opponents of the Nazis during the Second World War.

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Happy Friday From our Adventist Caricaturist Friends

Keep on wrestling, and have a good weekend!

Image courtesy www.sdacaricatures.blogspot.com

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ANN Removes Article Indicating Movement Toward Women's Ordination Worldwide

The Adventist News Network (ANN) first published, then removed an article that reported increasing favorability toward women's ordination worldwide.

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ANN Confirms Shift Toward Acceptance of Women's Ordination

The Adventist News Network, the official news outlet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, confirmed Tuesday that the takeaway from the recent General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) meetings is that "At least 10 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 13 world division Biblical Research Committees say they would either recommend the ordination of women to ministry or would allow it in some world regions without the matter har

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Ben Carson Joins Newt Gingrich's Anti-Obamacare PAC

Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon, Fox News contributor, and Tea Party favorite Dr. Benjamin Carson has teamed up with Newt Gingrich's American Legacy political action committee to spearhead a new initiative called "Save Our Healthcare." In a fundraising letter to those on the American Legacy mailing list, Dr. Carson explained the anti-Obamacare project and his role as its chairman:

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3 Angles News January 29, 2014

1. Taxes affecting clergy salaries have been brought into question by a court ruling.  United States District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in Wisconsin that the clergy tax-exemption for housing violates the Constitution's separation of church and state.

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So, Who Exactly Runs The Adventist Church?

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" Pacific Union Conference* communications director Gerry Chudleigh kicked off the series with a presentation entitled "Who Runs the Church," in which Chudleigh explored the history of the stratification of church leadership, and where the locus of power was originally intended to be.

Upcoming topics in the series:
The Doctrine of the Trinity—Gil Valentine
Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt

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Religious Conservatives - And Their Neighbors - More Likely to Divorce, Study Finds

A new study to be published in the American Journal of Sociology tackles the "puzzling paradox" of why divorce is more common in religiously conservative "red" states, and especially, why it's not only the conservative Protestants themselves who are more likely to divorce - but also their neighbors.

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Sabbath Sermon: Jack Provonsha/David Larson, "Jack Provonsha Interview"

Apologies for the poor video quality, but we hope the historical interest will override.

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Tide Turning On Women's Ordination

With bitter cold, snowy conditions outside in Columbia, Maryland, discussion of ordination heated up a hotel conference room not far from the Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters. Representatives of the Church's thirteen divisions presented reports from their respective theology of ordination committees to the 103-member General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC).

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Remembering Leona Running

Leona Glidden Running, 97, professor emerita of biblical languages at Andrews University, died on January 22, 2014, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, after nearly six decades of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Andrews University.

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Southern Locked Down Today After "Perceived Threat"

The campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennesee - including the local elementary, middle school and high schools - was locked down for two hours this afternoon after campus safety officials were alerted to a perceived threat.

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TOSC Meets for Third Discussion on Women's Ordination

This week the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) is meeting in Maryland for its third working session, following meetings in January and July last year.

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Three Angles News - January 22, 2013

1. Adventist Health was ranked the 12th-healthiest workplace in the United States in 2013, according to Healthiest Employers, an employee health analytics firm.

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