The 2014 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) meeting was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from January 1-5. The GYC (former General Youth Conference) is an independent ministry started in 2002 by college kids that has taken the NAD territory by storm, and recently branched into Europe (a second meeting is planned for this summer in Austria). Supported by the General Conference and sponsored by the deep pockets of ASI, GYC is thriving.
My favorite Sabbath meal was passed down through our family from my great-grandparents, who were ranchers and chile-growers in the New Mexico desert near the Mexican border. Having grown up on their ranch, my mother brought the New Mexican food ethic to our kitchen: Always have a pot of beans on the stove, add green chiles to everything and invite people home for Sabbath lunch!
The Seventh-day Adventist community lost some of its giants this last year.
"I believe. Help Thou my unbelief." Except in this case, without the "I believe." And without "Thou."
For former Hollywood Adventist Church pastor Ryan Bell, 2014's motto could well be "Help my unbelief." Bell published an article New Year's Eve on The Huffington Post announcing that he would live a year without God. His plan was to eschew Christian sacred texts and instead look to non-religious thinkers for insight in a new season of unbelief.
Six in ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
This weekend a Flickr user called Maryland Route 5 posted a stunning photograph of the interior of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. In his description, he said he had never been inside an Adventist church before, but he was greatly impressed by the Christmas service he attended, and by the "enriching spiritual experience" he found there.
His post said: